Subway Art is all the rage in blogland. So are Family Rules projects. I liked both concepts, but needed to tweak things so that they fit my style.
I love the subway art that Lil Blue Boo did. You can read her tutorial on how she did this piece here. I went over and got great advice. However, most subway art seems too stark... too industrial for my tastes.
Then there are darling canvases like this one that Jen at Tatertots & Jello did. However, there is no. way. that I could put something this sweet in my house full of boys.
Inspired by two Ballard Designs prints that I love, but would NEVER pay $250 a piece for,
I came up with my own subway art/family rules hybrid art piece.
I started the project with Helvetica font on a Word document.
I taped the the pieces of paper together and took it to Kinko's where they ran it through a copier they use for big things like blueprints. It was 75 cents a square foot, and I wanted it to be 2' x 3' so it cost about $4.
I had purchased a 24" x 48" pre-cut plywood board at my hardware store and had them cut it down to 24" x 36". I sanded it down, primed it and painted it white. I stood the painted board against the wall and taped my poster sized copy to it. Using a level, I marked guidelines across the board with a pencil.
I then cut the text into strips to make it more manageable and used a spray adhesive on the back of the paper strips to adhere it to regular old contact paper. (It doesn't matter what color, print, etc.)
I made little marks so I knew where to put the letters once I cut them out.
I didn't let the gnats bother me too much. I figured the stupid little dive-bombers would add to the rusticity of the piece.
It was kind of a pain, but the whole project cost me $15.
And my boys can never again say that they didn't know they weren't allowed to throw a ball in my living room....