Since we moved out of the basement, I’ve been gradually figuring out how to decorate our house, and especially our walls. one thing I want to have is useful Scripture in places where we see it frequently. Just like Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says:
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The first place I decided on was opposite our bed. I scouted out some examples on Etsy (Here is one–the ones I looked at aren’t available any more), but I didn’t want to pay for them, so I set out to make my own.
I chose the verses in Matthew 13, where Jesus talks about the kingdom of Heaven being like the pearl of great price. 1. Jesus’ words have to be good. 2. It’s not too commonly used, and 3. I need a daily reminder that the kingdom of heaven is worth giving everything else up.
I had a 24″x 18″ canvas from a BOGO deal at Michaels once, and I bought 5 small bottles of acrylic paint at Michaels for 30 cents each.
I originally intended to put my letters in place as stickers, paint over them, and peel them off, leaving white letters (example:here), but I gave that idea up when I realized I’d have to buy more than one pack of letters if I wanted the whole verse in place at once, and I’d need to really plan ahead and figure out the exact right size of letter to fit this particular verse on this canvas. in short: too many words.
And then the materials sat in my closet for several months while I pondered what to do. Until finally, this week, I decided to just go for it, and paint the words myself.
so I smeared some red, orange, and yellow paint around the canvas with a foam brush I had on hand. I wanted the colors to add some interest, but I didn’t want them to have a pattern that took away from the words. Or that competed with our quilt. The paint didn’t really blend at the interface of the colors, and I ended up with kind of a weird, fiery football pattern. Whatever. TSH liked it, and the verses are the important part. I did go back and add a second coat to make it more opaque.
To get the words relatively straight and even without penciling them in (It is hard to erase off of the paint), I arranged them in a program like Ppt (Inkscape actually–TSH is into these opensource programs). I got the line breaks and centering where I wanted it on a background the same dimensions as my canvas, and then made graph lines (8 rows and 8 columns). I then taped thread to the outsides of my canvas, so it created the same graph on my canvas.
And I went at it with my paintbrush. The brush had a nice straight edge, so keeping it held at an angle created kind of a calligraphy effect. When I finished I removed the threads, touched up any letters that had been under the threads, and Voila! ready to hang. (Actually, TSH had to drill a hole in the wood on the back of the canvas, but the front was done.)
Here it is hanging in our room:
Eventually I have plans for curtains. And other things. All in good time, all in good time. For now, I will enjoy reading my verses when I wake up in the morning.
What do you think? Have you made any similar art? Do you have any ideas that could help me the next time?