I didn't quite finish with my painting but here it is:
Here is what you need to make your own:
Canvas (any size)
Vinyl letters or repositionable poster letters
Assorted papers for collaging (optional)
A roll of clear sticky adhesive back plastic film with grid backing that can be cut to size (optional)
(Similar to this)
The ladies who ran the class used a Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl letters for us. I have used my Silhouette machine once since I got it. This may inspire to me to break it out again. The vinyl letters are essentially used for masking. You will be throwing them away. You can also use sticky repositionable poster letters.
1. Decide on whether you would like a collage background or a painted background. Whatever you choose to do for your first layer will show through as letters. I chose to do a painted background. I painted the entire base a burnt sienna color. My friend Susie collaged papers on her first layer.
You can see how the collaged papers who through on her letters. A WORD OF WARNING: if you are collaging papers, make sure they are completely dry before starting the next layer. I hit my first layer with a hairdryer before moving on. A heat gun would be even better.
2. Once your first layer is dry, decide where you want your letters. The instructor taught us a neat trick. Rather than going letter by letter, she cut us a large piece of of the sticky back plastic film. We placed the sticky film on top of one line of words/letters and rubbed them with a scraper. A credit card would work too. Then, we gently peeled up the film and it carried the letters with it. You then place the film where you would like it on the canvas, gently rub the letters again and carefully peel off the plastic film leaving the letters behind. This can be a bit tricky. My letters had trouble sticking to the canvas. The main thing is to make sure they are flat on the canvas so paint won't get under them.
After you have all your letters where you want them, it is time to paint the second layer.
3. Decide on your top layer of paint. You will be painting this color over the entire canvas including the letters. I chose yellow. Susie did multiple colors. I was disappointed that my yellow wasn't more uniform. I really didn't want the burnt sienna to show through. In the end, I glopped it on to create texture since I couldn't get the heavy uniform color I wanted. We used Liquitex acrylics for this project. Try not to get the paint under the letters. Be careful when painting over them.
Make sure this layer gets pretty dry before moving on. It should have a tacky feel to it.
4. Once the top layer is pretty dry, use your fingernail or an X-acto knife to start peeling up your letters. I found that the X-acto knife was most helpful. Gently peel off the letters and see the results! Susie had trouble with hers because her sticky letters were peeling off the collaged paper. We think this was because her first layer wasn't dry enough. She had to go in and make some fixes. But I love how she painted a heart for the center of her circle.
Since my piece already looks distressed, I am thinking of going over it with sandpaper to distress it more. I may even paint some flowers in the negative space. When you are completely finished, you can seal the whole thing with Mod Podge.
Cute and easy!!!
Interestingly enough, this technique is almost exactly the same as a project I attempted awhile back that was a complete and total failure. Remember this?