Thursday, February 3, 2011
Pieces of my Heart Typography
I must tell you, I love this project! It was a labor of love in many ways. My neck and eyesight for one. But, the real 'heart' of this typography is all my love for Honey Bunny. The little sentiments, sayings, private jokes, and special times combine for the full picture of how he has my heart. Literally.
A must for this project is a Cricut or the like and a muffin tin...or a relish tray.
It holds all the goodies: glue, cast off letters, scraps from the letters, and tweezers. I used a sponge brush to get small amounts of glue ready and to serve as a wiping area for excess glue. It worked quite nice.
Let's get started!
I gave a plain canvas a nice coat of metallic white craft paint. I wanted just white to pop the red, but I think the metallic gives a nice interest. I cut the biggest heart out with the Cricut, but it was not as large as I wanted. I just loosely outlined the heart to get a basic shape.
With the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, I cut words in varying size half inch to one and half inches. I placed the chunkier ones around the perimeter to get started.
I moved every word around at least three times. I would arrange them in sections before gluing. I tried to picture the next area and work with the words I already cut out. It was much like a puzzle.
Sorry that last one was taken late at night.
I found the pile of cast off letters came in handy. If a word wasn't filling a particular cranny just right, I could find a slightly larger one to the trick. It also help to turn the canvas as you wrap the words.
Ok! now it's time to seal it up. I ran out of podge, so a little Elmer's and water will have to do. A few coats to protect all that hard work!
I stippled the glue heavily over the lettering to really seal it up and to cover the glue that had oozed in the original gluing.
SO! What do you think?