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Destination Art Tutorial; Guest

04 August 2010

Well, we have been seeing these destination art pieces pop up all over right?   So I thought I would show you this tutorial that Emily from Mini House was kind enough to send to me,  in case you too want to try your hand at it!

Some of you have asked, "Where do you come up with this stuff?" I'm a copycat. I'll see something and with Nick's help figure out how to make it with a touch of my own flare. This project's inspiration was pulled from May's House Beautiful along with several variations popping up on Etsy.

You can buy this here & it has the option to make a custom one.

I like to think that you guys are checking my blog religiously so here's the moment you've all been waiting for - the BIG REVEAL!


Our Version
Now for those who are interested on how to create your own, keep reading friends.

Head to Michaels and bring the list below to purchase the nuts and bolts:
24 x 48 inch primed canvas. $14.99 w/ coupon
2" inch stencils. $1.99 on Clearance
3" inch stencils. $0.99 on Clearance
4" inch stencils. $1.99 on Clearance
Jar of black acrylic paint.  $5.99 w/ coupon
Tube of acrylic paint (color: titan buff).  $8.99 w/ coupon
A spool of ribbon. $0.99
Grand Total:  $35.93  vs.  $295 price tag online
*Michaels always seems to have a 40% coupon on a full price item

Prep Work

Here we go!

It only took one coat 

Make a List, Check it Twice.
We created a list of every place Nick and I lived starting from birth until now. This is where you can get a little creative (i.e. instead of Cincinnati, we used the Queen City). This helps to switch it up. From there we taped together a paper "canvas" so we could see the spacing and make adjustments. This step is critical, I repeat critical.

We were working three different sizes of stencils so in some cases where we thought we'd use a 4" inch stencil, we had to swap for a 3" inch because there wasn't enough room. (As you can see with the Excelsior mishap below).

Dry Run

Paint & Patience.
Once you have your rough draft, it's time to paint. We created a system: I held the stencil, Nick would paint then we would wipe off the stencil and use the hair dryer to dry the letter. This is a one letter at a time project. 

The ribbon is used as a guide

Note: a sunny day, a big pitcher of lemonade, an iPod and a heap of patience are also necessities! Unfortunately, those you can't buy at Michaels at 40% off...  :) 

Slow and Steady

Note: As you work your way down you'll want to continue to re-measure to make sure the spacing is still accurate. The last thing you want to do is have your final city "smushed" at the bottom.

Hairdryer - hot for a few then switch to cool.

I'm not sure how many hours we spent on this project. It was a lot. We were able to complete half in one weekend and then moved our work station into our garage and finished the final cities over the course of a few evenings this week.

Final steps are finding the perfect spot for your new artwork, attaching brackets to the back and hanging. 

One more look.

Nick and I both agree that this is our favorite project that we've done. It is so personal and it looks awesome in person. 

If you want one of your own but don't want to put in the hours there are several spots online to get a custom one made. No I'm not starting this as my business so go here. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! Go out and make something folks! 

Looks like a fun project.  
What do you think?
  Would you try it?


Higgs Happenin's August 4, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

Holy cow I love this. Love how it's so personal. I'm totally going to make one. one letter at a time. I'm so excited.

Andie00 August 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

This is such a fun project! I could see me using it to show places we've lived... or our favorite vacations even.

Kathy August 4, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

I was born and raised in Covington..went to Covington Elemtary my kids went to the same school, my cousins last name is Covington....all in Washington State though...loved this post.

Ashley @ The Hillside Home August 4, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

AWESOME tutorial!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to this for our home. Yours turned out great! Thanks for the idea! :)

Miranda August 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM  

I would try it. I might try it if I can find a good spot to put one of these. I love the idea. The hours spent doing it sound daunting, since I don't have a patient, precise nature. I like instant gratification. Maybe this will be good for me ;)

Emily @ Mini House August 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! Honestly, when we initially started we waited for it to dry in the sun so it took FOREVER then we brought the hairdryer into the mix and it was a huge time saver! Trust me when I say if I can do this, you can do this project! :)

Anonymous,  August 5, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

I LOVE it! It looks great, so definitely worth your time. You have me at Minneapolis, although I'm a St. Paul girl. Nice work!

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