Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The World's Ugliest Craft

I came across a wonderful quote/poem/inspiring words on Pinterest

Be soft. 
Do not let the world 
make you hard. 
Do not let the pain
make you hate. 
Do not let the bitterness
steal your sweetness. 
Take pride that
even though
the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be
a beautiful place. 

I fell in love and I knew I wanted that in my home, somewhere. 

So I bought some stencils, canvas, and mixed up some paint and set to work. 

I chose to keep the stencils in a sheet, rather than cut them out. This required me to either wait until the letter fully dried so I can move on to the next, do something about it. My patience isn't as great as it could be, so I whipped out the old (very old) hairdryer.

So I'm not thrilled with the progress. The paint is still seeping through the back and leaving marks all over the canvas. Which I could have lived with. It could have been a messy, graffiti look. 

BUT - I made the classic Smash mistake. I stenciled the word 'hare' rather than hate. AAHHHH! Can you believe it?

You may remember the pallet sign incident with screwing up the words. This brought me back. 

Then, like a genius, I did not measure the length of my lettering, and did not leave enough room for 'bitterness'. Now I'm bitter.

So, I scratched it - spray painted over it in white for use at another time. You may remember a time when I posted about having a temper tantrum. This was why.

 I then grabbed another canvas (thanks Hobby Lobby for the two-pack) and free-handed it.

And it looked like a fifth grader did it.

So - my sister inspired me to try a great new idea. The idea is simple. Using glue, write out or draw your design. Paint over the dried glue. Then peel up the glue when all the pain has dried. Voila!

So I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Quickly I realized glue spreads. It spreads fast. Letters become globs.

I wrote it all out anyway and let it dry overnight.

Next I painted over the entire canvas.

When the paint finished drying, I peeled up all the glue.

It looked terrible. So I give up for now. I may revisit this another time. But now I must rest. Otherwise I might scream.


  1. I like it!! I love the idea of the glue & painting over it.. is there another type of glue that would work betteR? Hmm... love the idea

    1. Thanks! Someone has suggested hot glue - but I don't think it will peel up as easy. I'm definitely determined to get this right. I'll just have to keep trying!

  2. This post was the gift that kept on giving. I kept thinking that the project could not turn into a bigger disaster, but it just kept going... :) Thank you for making me laugh out loud at the end of a loooong day. I must say, I think my favorites are the projects that end with the screaming. :)

    1. Ha! So glad you were entertained! It really was such a disaster. I'm really glad I could make you smile!

  3. Hot glue would definitely make it less globby, but it would take about four hours and $30 worth of glue sticks.

    I am not sure if it is in your diet, but I request/am looking forward to your first bacon blog. Can't remember if you eat the stuff, but between you and GB alternating sous chef roles, I would be curious to see what you could create with it. If you don't eat bacon, no worries, I will just gawk in awe of that monstrously delectable breakfast burrito again. Yikes.

    1. I'm not into four hours of hot glue - so hopefully I can come up with something.

      Funny you should ask about bacon - I plan on making and chronicling a snack with bacon this weekend! I'll notify you when I post about it. Thanks for being such a loyal reader!

      Glad you liked the breakfast burrito - it was incredible.