With the new season gearing up, I'm wanting to "renew" my surroundings. The house we live in is a blank canvas - the walls are white, and the owner prefers we don't paint. This is fun in a way, but I admit after living here over a year, I've officially decided I don't like white walls. Too bland for me. But, I can't change it, so I'm doing the next-best thing: adding more/new decorations.
I recently spotted a DIY project over on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. The project was to hand-paint a phrase on a wall. I love the look of it, but can't get away with it in our current home. So, I adapted the idea for our place.
First, I had to decide what words or phrases I wanted to use. Adam and I are both big fans of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. I sifted through some of my favorite quotes and settled on this one: "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. Once does not love breathing." Solid choice, right?
Next, I had to choose my materials. I bought a simple blank canvas and a black paint pen. The canvas was on sale at Hobby Lobby. I seriously love HL. Anyhow, I considered colored ink, but quickly decided that when we eventually have our own home, who knows what color the walls with be, and I want this piece to adapt well to other spaces down the road.
Finally, I was ready to create. I knew I was going to do it freehand, but didn't want it to look exactly like my handwriting, so I put the phrase into "Jane Austen" font on my computer and used that as a guildeline. It barely took me 10 minutes. I didn't plan on the wording to line up exactly the way they did, but I still like it. Here's the finished product:
Simple, but I'm happy with it.