Subway art has had a strong presence in the design world lately and I'm a big fan. There are great etsy shops, like this one, selling destination prints.
If you're lucky and have deep pockets you can get yourself an original like this one.
We Hear This
I even noticed one at Restoration Hardware recently for a measly $850.
None of these options was exactly what I had in mind. I wanted something that would speak to the history of our family. I thought about collecting the names of places that either myself, my husband or our family had lived. It had to be of significance as opposed to that city where I spent time while I was a runway model, dating as many rich tycoons as there are days of the week. Okay, that didn't happen.
Off I went in search of a tutorial on how to create the art. I found that in most cases you clever people are using your Silhouette vinyl cutters. I don't have one (although Mother's Day is just around the corner and I know a certain someone who hasn't purchased a gift!). I was going to have to resort to good old fashioned stencils and paint.
I started with a canvas and painted it black. I then cut a piece of white craft paper exactly the same size and this became my template.
Using a set of 2", 3" and 4" stencils I started putting the words together like a puzzle in various sizes until I was able to fill the page. Unfortunately, the pencil is too light to show up on the full length of paper so I'm showing you sections.
This was the template for the art and although it seems ridiculously labourious believe me, it's worth the extra effort. I erased and erased and erased before I finally managed to find the right combination of sizes that worked. I don't think you want to be erasing on the canvas. Starting at the bottom of the canvas I used a 90 degree ruler to get a straight line, taped it off and then started stencilling with a white pencil.
This is the sum total of my efforts so far. This part is moving along mighty fast compared to the layout. Next will be the itsty bitsy paint brush and the white paint to fill it all in. Now if I can just find the time to get it done!