Typography Art

      Monograms, fun words and names, and simple phrase typography art are everywhere theses days! And I am loving it. From Scrabble letter creations, painted pallet signs, large letter blocks, to ampersands on everything, the everyday English language is being used as word decor to creatively spruce up our everyday spaces and man does it look great!  

      My home is no exception to this craze. After getting married I gained a real love for the letter F. I never disliked the S of my maiden name Stang, but there's something about my new last initial I find particulary visually appealing. 

1 - I framed the mint coloured F from our wedding cake and printed 'The Frankes' as well as our wedding date on a piece of scrapbooking paper to use as the background. 2 - This lovely framed, wooden F was used as the tables "numbers" at a friend's wedding, and she let me have this beauty! 3 - This galvanized metal F came from Michaels on clearance sale for $2.99 :D 4 - I made this large marquee style letter F; it lights up and everything! 5 - The hand painted Franke'n'Stang sign was used in our wedding, and now it hangs on our wall.

1 - I framed the mint coloured F from our wedding cake and printed 'The Frankes' as well as our wedding date on a piece of scrapbooking paper to use as the background.
2 - This lovely framed, wooden F was used as the tables "numbers" at a friend's wedding, and she let me have this beauty!
3 - This galvanized metal F came from Michaels on clearance sale for $2.99 :D
4 - I made this large marquee style letter F; it lights up and everything!
5 - The hand painted Franke'n'Stang sign was used in our wedding, and now it hangs on our wall.

      A while back I found a tutorial through Pinterest (and I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw it!) about how to make simple typography art using vinyl letters you can find at any craft store. If you're like me, and like letters to look perfect, this is the way to do it! Hand lettering has it's place for sure, but it can be very time consuming. This method is a time saver that gives you perfectly edged and lined up letters. 

Here is my version of the tutorial I once found. Painting over top of scrapbooking letters to create personalized typography art! 

      A girlfriend of mine recently had a baby girl - little Norah - and I wanted to whip up something girlie and trendy for her nursery. I decided to use scrapbooking letters with different fonts for each letter to spell out NORAH. I stuck the letters onto a sheet of plain old painters canvas. 

      Then I simply painted over the letters. I started with a grey background and worked my way to pretty, girlie flowers. When the image was complete, I peeled off the stickers to reveal a name! (SO exciting!) The edges weren't sharp as some paint seeped underneath the stickers, so I just touched up the white canvas underneath with white paint. The letters could have even been painted a completely different colour. For this project I chose to outline each letter with a thin black line. To finish it all off I cut down the canvas and framed 'er!      

      Now just because you might not be able to paint these little flowers or something as detailed, does not mean you can't tackle this DIY. You could simply paint a solid colour over the letters, splash paint on it, use different spray paints, stamps, sponges, ETC. This typography project is limitless. 

      The above is still a work in progress as the letters still need to be crisp-ified with white paint! ;) I laid out large vinyl letters on a large stretched canvas and sponged paints in an ombre fashion over top. The heart was painted on afterwards. I cannot wait to hang this over our bed! 

      For this Noah and the Whale song lyric, I painted the stretched canvas first using a vertical brush pattern and some blues and oranges. Then I placed the vinyl letters on top and spray bombed the whole thing white. The seepage under the letters is a bit harder to correct doing it this way, as each letter is made up of such unique colouring. But I think the leaky paint looks quite good on this one! Like the ampersand shadow? Not intentional!

And of course I had to try this method out with a little owl! And what a HOOT it was. ;)

I hope you are inspired to turn you name, initials or favourite phrase or song lyric into some sensational typography art. Such a trendy, easy way to personalize your space! 

-A.F.