I wanted Savor, my One Little Word, visible early this year. Last year I created a goal vision board of sorts with my word. I loved having that project around, but needed a fresh start with a new word. So I painted over that to make this!
After painting over the aqua base with two coats of white paint and letting the white dry completely, I was ready for my script. I actually used the white paint we used to paint our living room, because I’m a big fan of using what I’ve got.
To paint the word, I chose a big flat round brush, which would allow me to get a bold word with one layer. I practiced brushing on the word a few times without paint, so I could get a feel for how big I needed to make the letters to fit across the canvas and so that the feeling of scripting the word felt automatic and had a natural flow.
Then I dipped the brush into paint and wrote the whole word all at once, not worrying about getting good paint coverage. This gave me an outline of the word to work with.
I filled in that outline with more paint, making sure to always keep my brush strokes going in the direction that I used when I wrote that part of the letter.
I loved using the flat round brush for this project because it doesn’t create clean lines on the edges of the word. I love the little lines and scratches that make it obvious that this was hand painted.
This project was simple and easy, but really packs a pop in the little reading / gaming corner in Jake’s and my bedroom. It needs to be moved an inch or so down on the wall because we moved some furniture around and haven’t gotten around to moving nails yet, but otherwise it’s good. Can’t wait to finish changing up this corner!
The contrast of the FINISH art and this simple SAVOR art sort of says everything about the shift I’m making between these two words. Finish was filled with goals, Savor is simple and more about the art itself than how the art fits in with the word.
I also want to note that I painted this twice. The first time around, I used a lower case cursive “s” and it looked wonky. The size of the letters weren’t balanced, and the lowercase “s” looked too much like a “d.” So instead of worrying about finishing quickly, I savored the project and took the time to make it what I envisioned in my head. And I’m so glad I did.
What message do you need to make visible in your life this year?
This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 1 of 52!