My recent addiction to Pinterest has been well documented lately. In fact, I have crafted waaaaay faster than I’ve been able to blog. Most of my crafts have been family oriented, but every now and then I like to do an adult-oriented project. You know – acrylic paint, non-safety scissors, ….fire. I found this one for wall paintings with sayings in them, and pinned it awhile ago. So I decided to try it.
The first thing I realized I needed was a good saying. Other than Mommy-speak, I just don’t have a catch phrase. I wasn’t so sure that “stop hitting your sister” would look great as wall art. So I went with song lyrics.
Obviously, I have my own favorite bands and songs, but I wanted to do something special. My best is a songwriter, and his words mean everything to him. So I used them, and figured I would totally up my social karma and do this as a gift for him. (Ok, that and, as you can imagine, my walls are full of kid art.)
I followed the directions — not really rocket science. Cover a canvas with paper, Modge Podge style, put on vinyl letters, paint, remove letters to magically see what was underneath. The hardest part about this, I think was just deciding what pictures to put on the canvas. **And BTW — total cheapo-mom-score on the canvases: I got four 12 x 16 for roughly 5 bucks each during some “Summer-Moonlight-Ladybug-ComeBuyYourCraftShit” sale at either Michael’s or JoAnn’s. And I had a 30% off total purchase coupon to boot…yay, me.**
I covered 2 of the canvases with pictures of lyric drafts of the songs I used on each canvas (totally stolen from his Facebook page. ;p). I was rather proud of myself for being so creative. I used beach pictures for his song “July Summer Nights” – figuring it tied in with the theme.
I ran out of songs and favorite quotes — so for the last one I used my favorite lyric, from my favorite song, of my favorite band – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. I copied pictures from the web of all of their albums to use underneath the “Here’s to Life” quote from Mekong. Quite frankly, he’s lucky I didn’t keep it for myself. It looks pretty awesome – and I might just redo this one for me eventually.
Even though I really wanted a No-Kid craft, they had to have in on the action. I let Lane do some painting on this one.
And then…all the kids decided they wanted to do their own. I had extra canvases stored up, so why not? Matilda and Lane each did their name — ok, well, Lane did his name and every number he liked. You know….all of them.
Here are the four finished products for Mr. Songwriter. Naturally, he loved them and was overwhelmed that I would do this. How do I know? Because when I gave them to him he said, “I hate you.” Yep — he’s a guy. (It was accompanied by a hug, and an episode of my favorite reality show: Grown Men Crying — but I’ll never tell anyone. Shh…our secret.)