While putting together my gallery wall, I knew that I wanted to incorporate a quote pertaining to family etc… While searching Pinterest I stumbled upon this quote “This is the Life” I loved it! My gallery wall is all about family and our new life we have with our cute little boy! So This is the Life fits it perfect because it really is the life!
- plywood or wood
- print-download This is the Life print here
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- carbon paper
Using scraps of plywood leftover from my Crate Coffee Table, I cut the size desired for my wood sign. Love it when you have leftover stuff from previous projects!
My talented husband designed a fabulous graphic for me (not sure what I would do without him, I tell ya, I definitely wouldn’t have any great designs that’s for sure!) Printed out the design on regular paper and then used carbon paper to transfer it on to the wood. Get your free print of This is the Life quote here.
Place the transfer paper on top of the wood and behind the image that you are transferring, and tape the corners. Keep in mind that you can always paint the wood before you do the transfer. That will save you a LOT of time in painting “around” the design, but you will have to make sure that it is a light enough color for the transfer paper to show up. I made the mistake of painting the other side black before trying to do the transfer, and it was very hard to see it after.
Then I traced the image with a pencil. Here it is after tracing it all. As you can see there is black paint on the edges. That is because my first attempt did not go as planned. But the best part is that you can flip it over and try again!
Now the fun part, Painting! Using acrylic paint, I painted the letters white, and added a little hint of yellow and blue. I am in love with yellow these days!
Here is the letters painted all white.
After the letters were all painted not it was time to add the black. This took a lot if time, but am so much happier with the outcome. As previously stated, the first time around we painted it first making it so hard to see the trace of the design. We wanted it to have a rustic look and be able to still see some of the wood grain, so we did a little bit of a fade with the black.
Then I added a little yellow and blue accents to the flourishes using a tiny paintbrush. This helped to tie the design into our rooms accent colors, and give it a little flair. I made the hubby do this part as I really do not have enough patience for that. Him being the artist that he is, he has the patience and enjoys it, so he was better off doing it anyways 🙂
I absolutely love how this turned out! This really is the life that we are living and wouldn’t have it any other way!
Looks amazing displayed in my Gallery Wall!
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