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wall words

Have you seen some of the amazing things that people have been doing with vinyl stickers on their walls? I've been loving them and have so many ideas of ways that I could use them too. But, if you've been reading a while, you know that I am really really cheap  frugal, and would much rather make a knock off than pay for something.

I have been wanting to put a word or phrase in the little empty space in the middle of this picture grouping for a while and finally did it the other day.

I gathered:
  • a pencil,
  • soft erasure,
  • watercolor paints (the really cheap dollar store kind that come with a plastic brush),
  • cup of water and white saucer,
  • and a moist rag,
all of which I already hand on hand - so this project cost absolutely nothing!

My first step, after determining what I wanted to write (and making sure that Emma was napping so she wouldn't see me writing on the wall), was to pencil in the lettering.
I'm not quite confident enough to just take a paint brush to the wall, even though I would have been able to wipe it clean and start fresh if if didn't turn out just right so the pencil allowed me to adjust the spacing and height of the letters a bit, and stand back and look before I comitted to using the paint. At this point you can erase the letters completely if you decide that it's not the look that you're going for.

The second step was to mix the paint. I used a sepia toned brown that I made by mixing a bit of black and brown in the white saucer. Once I was happy with the color I moved on to the third step which was start painting!
My hand shook a little at the beginning, but I used the damp cloth to ease out any squiggles and just kept moving.
I kept adjusting and adding paint here and there to darken it as I went, and then after a bit stood back to look. It turned out great!

I really love the way it looks, and especially love that it was free! Also, A Little Nick Nack is hostessing a giveaway of some of my things - you might like head on over and enter :)

I'm linking this over on some of these fun blogs - head over and check out what others are posting!

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Blogger Abbi said...

That looks very nice! And I love the words you chose too.

I am totally with you on trying to make something myself rather than paying money for something.

December 5, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

such a great idea. i like it so much better then the vinyl letters.

December 6, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

So pretty and simple! Great job! I would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday!

December 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

looks great! love the personal touch your method produces. ;)

popp'n over from "Life Made Lovely Monday"


December 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I love it!!

December 7, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Jessiccarobertt said...

I love your great ideas! They do great work with your home wall! I just love your selection.
Best Regards
Pavement Signs

December 10, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Very nice---great idea, as always!

December 14, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

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