my take on subway art
subway art is currently quite popular, and after seeing a bunch of different takes on this popular style, i decided to try my hand at my own. i picked up a couple of inexpensive stretched canvas’ (16″ x 20″) from my local michaels arts and crafts store, as well as a couple different paint colors. my initial idea was to paint the base coat, cut out my letters, adhere them with a temporary spray adhesive, and then spray a top coat of spray paint leaving some areas of the background showing through… this didn’t work out so well, and i really didn’t care for the fonts i chose, not to mention the proportions were totally off… so i started over.
since most of the canvas was already white, and i liked how the sides had the background color showing through, i decided to try a different route to my desired effect. i covered the canvas in gesso, and then white acrylic paint. i then printed out my letters in helvetica this time, cut them out, and temporarily adhered them to the canvas. i then traced around them and filled them in with paint by hand.
i like the way this came out so much better than the first try. sure, the text is imperfect – but that’s because it’s done by hand. i think it gives it character, and it’s definitely the clean crisp look i was going for. i also love the amount of negative space on the canvas, it really draws the eyes to the text and doesn’t distract from the message!!
this weekend i tried my hand at my very first reupholstering project! unfortunately, at the time i didn’t think about posting it so i don’t have any before pictures, only the after pictures. the chair i use at my craft desk was starting to come apart at some of the joints. so i took off the seat, and glued and clamped the chair together so it wouldn’t fall apart. while the chair was setting, i decided to reupholster the seat because it too had seen better days. i took off the existing fabric and cushion and used a polyfil foam, and upholstery fabric scrap for strength, and then covered it with a cute cotton fabric that had been sitting in my closet for a year waiting to be made into a skirt.
needless to say, i love it!! and i can’t wait to try my hand at a more difficult project in the future. it’s so exciting to make something look like new again, and it doesn’t take much effort! what can i say, i’ve got the bug!!