Today is Laura’s, from Finding Home, debut on Infarrantly Creative as one of my new contributors. She brings to us a cool font art sharpie table she made. Her technique is simple enough to transfer into all sorts of ideas, like a sharpie desk, art piece, lampshade, etc. This whole little area she created is drool worthy. Please join me in welcoming Laura to the stage.
Hello Infarrantly Creative Readers – I am so excited to be here today as a guest contributor for the first time! My name is Laura and I blog over at Finding Home. Today, the project I want to share with you is an easy DIY Sharpie paint pen coffee table – with simple traced script letters.
Even though she had no legs or feet, and was kind of a funky color – I knew with a little bit of TLC she had a ton of potential. You see, we have been working on turning our loft /office space into a functional family space. And I knew there was a vintage loveseat waiting to be her new best friend.
To start with, I added some simple Parson style feet and painted out the whole table in white. I thought the planks were perfect for adding words. I chose to use the words to a favorite song my girls and I have always sung together – This Little Light of Mine. I am a big believer of surrounding yourself with inspiring words, and this song always inspires us. I printed the words on my computer using Photoshop Elements. However, it could also be created in Word. The font that I used was Dawning of a New Day and the font size was 154. Really, the hardest part is deciding on your words and font style – from there it is quite easy. A little trial and error will get you to the right size for your project.
Print outs of your words
Sharpie Paint Pen. (I chose to use the oil base version, although I do know they also come in water base).
Clear protective coat like Minwax Polyrylic
1. Cut down the words into manageable sections and fill in with pencil from the back of the paper. Use a protective surface underneath to keep your work surface clean.
2. Place your paper, printed side up, in the correct spot and simply trace over the letters with your pencil.
You will see a faint pencil line where you traced.
3. Using the pencil line as your guide, trace the markings with your Sharpie Paint Pen. Take your time but don’t go so slow that the lines become choppy. The best part, if you make a mistake, you can sand it back, repaint your base color and try again. Not that I know from experience or anything!
4. Continue all the way through until complete. Let it set for about an hour and then use a magic eraser to clean up any pencil lines. I also went back and filled in and darkened a few spots that needed it. Then seal with a clear protective coat.
The best part about this method is that it can be used for just about anything. You can do this to create wall art, stenciling on walls and any type of accessory. If you were to use a heavier font, you would just trace the outline and then fill in with the paint pen. You can also do images of any kind.
And just because there are words on the table doesn’t mean it should still be accessorized. Because doesn’t every coffee table need a vintage orange book, a succulent garden and a ceramic pig?
And now the loveseat and coffee table are very happy together. They are living together with my new gallery wall with my Printer’s Box Word Art. I love putting together gallery walls filled with unique items and you can visit here to see my tips on how to hang just about anything. One corner of our office / craft /family space is done – and way more to go!
Thanks so much for reading!