Ombre subway art for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so when Plaid Crafts sent me a whole box of Martha Stewart Craft Supplies and asked me to create a Mother’s Day project, I jumped at the chance.

I decided to make some Mom-inspired, ombre subway art.

Ombre Mother's day artwork

Supplies needed:
  • a 1/4″ plywood board. (mine is 24 x 24 inches)
  • white spray paint
  • vinyl letters (I used Contact Paper and my Cricut, but you can use pre-cut adhesive letters)
  • 3 shades of Martha Stewart Satin Paint (I used Sea Lavender, Blue Sky and Surf)
  • An exacto knife
  • a sanding block or hand sander
I painted my plywood board with white spray paint.  While it dried, I looked up the word “mother” in different languages and began to cut them out using my Cricut.
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I got a general idea of where I wanted the letters to go, then started adhering them to the board.
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I chose 3 graduated shades of blue and divided the board into thirds and put a big bloop of paint where I wanted the color to change.  (Bloop is a technical craft term. It means to squeeze an amount of paint in a haphazard style…)
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Starting with the lightest color first, I began painting the top third of the board, then worked my way down to the darkest color, blending as I went along.
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Don’t you judge my paintbrush.  We have a lot of history together and I love her.
To be completely honest, about this point I tried to add stenciled roses to the back ground. Total craft fail… it looked awful, so I painted over them and pretended it never happened.
While the paint is still a bit tacky, begin peeling off the letters.
The color looks all weird on this… sorry!
Let the board dry thoroughly, then sand it to create a distressed look.

I am pretty happy with how it turned out!

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There were so many wonderful goodies in the Martha Stewart Line to choose from and play with that I know I will be making more projects very soon! Be sure to check out Plaid Crafts online and to follow them here:

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  1. says

    I’m ombre crazy right now! LOL. I want it on my hair…so why not some subway art! 😉

    I kinda like it with the bare wood showing through, but the white-washed look is really cute too!

  2. says

    This is REALLY cool, Viv! It must have been great fun to get that box of goodies–and you put them to good use! Who wouldn’t want to get this for Mother’s Day?

  3. says

    This is cutie! I just need someone to buy me a cricuit-hee hee. The blues are fantastic and I could paint the words on myself-I am old fashioned (and cheap) like that. Get your but over to my link party this weekend if you have a sec:)
    xxx Kim

  4. says

    How do you adhere the letters to the board? I don’t have a cricut so I was going to find a friend that may have one OR just purchase the letters.

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