Thursday, October 11, 2012

Their Way / My Way: Wall Art

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My sister and her husband (augh!) just moved in together and wanted some artwork for their walls, so I thought making something for them would be the perfect gift.  I had been toying with something using the phrase "home is wherever I'm with you," and my friend mentioned she had found some map art on Pinterest so I swiped her idea ;)

First I went to a used book store around the corner from my apartment and found a map of Lake County, where we grew up and my sister currently lives.  I decoupaged the map to a canvas and let it dry completely.  While it was drying, I laid out the words the way I wanted in InDesign and printed them out.  Then I lightly taped the words to the map and traced over them with a mechanical pencil, pressing down hard so that the pencil made an indentation on the map.  Using good lighting, I traced and filled in the letters using a marker.

Next, I watered down some paints (if I had watercolors in stock, I would have used those instead) and painted over everything to age the map up a bit.  Now, I used a washable marker, which led to a bit more of a distressed look than I was going for, so I used some paper towels to pick up the extra color.  Then I finished it off by tracing around the letters with opaque white paint and the tiniest paint brush you can imagine.  

Voila!  Present!


  1. Oh my goodness, I love the DIY! I need to make one :)

    I have one I made similar to #3 and I own a picture similar to #1 but putting them all together like that is pure GENIUS!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Fierce & Fashionable

  2. Love the way this came out, Kristina! I actually have the tin and woof "home is wherever I'm with you" sign you picture up top, and it's one of my favorite pieces in my apartment!

    The Glossy Life

  3. This is such a great idea! I love it.

    Amanda Rose

  4. What a fabulous gift idea! I need to become a more creative gift-giver. I also need more art for my own walls. Haha.