I love all the subway art that is being posted everywhere. I finally got around to creating my own version. I started with the foam letters that seem to be found in every corner of our home. They have a cute basket that they are suppose to be contained in, however the little ones find them irresistible and carry them around.
The kids helped to sort out all the letters, finding as many different fonts as we could.
Then we sorted them into spring words and stuck them onto the back side of a piece of mat board. I just eyeballed where each letter should be placed.
I then used Gesso to prime the letters and add a bit of texture. Gesso is a great painting medium that can be found at art and craft stores. It is a thick primer that can be used on most surfaces. Since Gesso is thick, it is great for making messy brush strokes and creating texture. I spray painted the frame white while I was waiting for the Gesso to dry.
Once everything was dry, I sanded the edges of the picture frame. Then mixed up a brown glaze using brown acrylic paint and glazing medium. I glazed both the picture frame and the letters by brushing on the glaze and gently wiped it back off with a damp rag. I let the glaze sit in the groves and wiped most of the glaze off the flat areas creating texture and depth. I then glazed back over the letter with white to add some highlights. I love how it turned out! You would never know that these are kid foam letters.
I will be linking to these parties.