Monday, May 21, 2012

Lyrical Inspiration - Music On Canvas

At the beginning of the year, I was browsing the rugs over at Design Within Reach when I came across the picture above. What I thought was a canvas painted with song lyrics turned out to be Joaquim Ruiz Millet's Manuscript Rug, which features a poem he wrote in his native Catalan. I pinned the image and kept coming back to it day after day.  Soon I started thinking that maybe I could do something similar on a canvas. 4 months and many late nights later, I finished my version of Millet's rug. I decided on the lyrics from Coldplay's Fix You, a song that has special significance for my husband and I, and we hung it this weekend at the bottom of our staircase. 

Generally, I'm not the DIY type, but this is a project just about anyone can do. The supply list is short: 

1. a canvas - mine was the largest pre-made size available at Aaron Brothers
2. white and black acrylic paint
3. paint brushes
4. Grout tape (available at your local hardware store) - which I used to make lines on the canvas prior to painting the lyrics). 

First I painted the entire canvas white and let it dry over night. Then I decided approximately how wide I wanted the words to be, and measured & marked the entire canvas using the grout tape. When I was done, it looked like a legal pad of paper, but I taped the lines instead of drawing them with a pencil. After a little trial and error, I realized it was best to write the entire song out on the canvas freehand, and then go back to touch it up. Trying to make every word perfect on the first try wasn't realistic and you risk losing that "I just jotted down the words" feel to it. This is a great project to make your own and experiment with typeface and even color - here are a few more pieces using lyrics as art to get your creative juices flowing. Have a great week everyone! 

 Lyric Sign by The House Of Belonging, $125, 

Isn't She Lovely Nursery Print by The Lemon Peel, $23, 

Johnny Cash Lyric Print by Damn The Frame, $15,

Aloha OE Lyric Art Print by Raw Art Letterpress, $18, 


Anonymous said...

Wow that's so cool. You are so creative! It's such a great personal way to have art on your walls. Teri

tina said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Teri.

Cool, creative and meaningful. Best way. Congratulations on a successful project. It looks awesome at the bottom of your staircase.

Theresa / InspirationCOOP said...

Your piece came out so great! Gosh, that canvas must be so great and satisfying to look at every time you walk those stairs, especially since those lyrics have special meaning to you. "Not the DIY type", you might have to rethink that notion. ;)

Erin said...

Jennifer this is incredible! What an inspiring piece of DIY! That's just beautiful, really. And what a great song to pick lyrics from, too. You've inspired me to go and make my own piece of artwork now! I'd been mulling it over for a while, but this gave me the final push.

turista project said...

there's a touch of retro to that kind of design

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