Welcome to our first project of the Summer Style Soiree! If you're new here, I'm so glad you're visiting. Many thanks to Heather from Southern State of Mind who is the mastermind behind this little series and challenged us to create some projects through the summer inspired by four famous fashion icons. We're starting off today with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn!
Well, my choice is no big surprise, but this image of Audrey inspired my project:
I started with a thick 18" canvas that I picked up at the thrift store for a few dollars. Cute, but I had other plans for it. I think cashier was a little dismayed when I told her I'd be painting over it.
I knew I wanted to have some variation in the lettering, and for the emphasized words to have a colorful, abstract feel. I started by making off the section of canvas where those words would be, and covering it with a variety of colors. No rhyme or reason, just spots of paint.
After allowing that to fully dry, I adhered some large scrapbook stickers for the words "Happy" and "Prettiest." Then, sprayed the entire canvas white.
After allowing for drying time again, I used Frog Tape to mark off stripes and then sprayed black. Two striped projects in one week!
Shortly following the final coat of black, I peeled the tape and large stickers off. The tip of an exacto knife is helpful in lifting the corners of the letters if your letters are stuck down really well.
Full disclosure if you want to try a project like this: these stickers didn't stick very well to the canvas, so there were some messy edges. A few touch-ups with a small brush fixed it right up.
Finally, I used these to complete the phrase. I had planned to paint the gold lettering as well, but when I saw these stickers I decided to take the easy route for this part. Unlike the larger letters, these DID stick well.
Just about finished, I thought it needed something more. With Kayla's cute project fresh on my mind, I added a few thumbtacks to the edges.
When I planned this project, I had in mind to hang it in my daughter's room or bathroom as a reminder that there's no better accessory than a smile. However, I'm not sure it will make it back there as I'm really enjoying it in the hall next to our powder bath!