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Mighty to Save this art! (I can't handwrite handwriting)

Mighty to Save lyric art using a Silhouette Cameo, Clever Nest #diy_canvas_art #song_lyric_art

Foreword
I always get a little excited when I press publish on a new post. :) It's me saying, Hey! I'm still here! Yes, I'm a Mama to a rambunctious 3 year old! And a perpetually spewing 6 month old! And yes, most days I'm covered in spit up, and stickers, on my very last brain cell trying to keep this thing afloat.  But, DAYNG IT!! I am gonna keep crafting, and pinning, and decorating, and blogging. Even though it's a little (haha, ok a lot) more sporadic than it used to be. I'm still here! My Clever Nest, cute, down to earth DIY blog of a mama with two little boys!
So, thanks for bearing with me, and stopping by even as my check ins are not as regular as they used to be!
My Clever Nest, cute, down to earth DIY blog of a mama with two little boys!
 (toddler produced selfie)

Vinyl Song Lyric Art
I've been planning for about a year (this is becoming a habit) to add some art to my vintage plate wall and mirror.  

I always felt this arrangement was "askew". In fact, last year when I was putting up the plate arrangement I taped up two large pieces of paper on the left side to feel out the possibilities of additional art.

I wanted something graphic slash modern, and I kept gravitating toward this super awesome hand written rug I pinned ages ago.
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It. is. awesomeness. It's called "Manuscrit" by Joaquim Ruiz Millet, and if I had $3000 to spare it would be in my house. I wanted to do my own "manuscrit" sort of looking art on a couple canvasses (canvasii??), with a quote or song lyrics.

I bought a 2 pack of Artist's Loft 11x14 canvases from Michael's, on sale for $11.99. and hung them on my wall where the paper had been. And there they hung, blank. For a year. womp womp.
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

It took tooooo long to decide what to write on them. This is the same reason I can't eve get a tattoo. I think and think and think. Then decide, then second guess myself, then rethink. Then freak out and scrap that idea and completely rethink it. It has to be the PERFECT quote of all time, because it will hang on my wall FOREVER and can NEVER EVER BE CHANGED!!! (are you sensing the neuroses?).

Twelve months later...
I finally settled on the lyrics to one of my favorite songs, Mighty to Save. Thank goodness! I love that song because the words beautiful, and it brings back good memories of me playing worship for our church with my Sweetie leading on guitar.

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave

(Can't write) the handwriting on the wall
So to paint on the lyrics seemed simple enough- hand write on a canvas, right?
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

nope.

That first attempt above started out ok looking, I guess. But when I finished and stood back it looked more like I'd brought out an old homework assignment from high school art class. Kind of embarrassing.

I painted it back to white and tried again. It's a lot harder to paint something back to white! 400 coats later I tried again, this time more "sloppy/ cool" style:
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

heck nope.

That time it came out looking like a wayward middle schooler's giddy first attempt at public graffiti. I give up. I can't handwrite convincing handwriting.

I hung up version #2 on the wall anyway just to make sure it was bad before starting over. We had the misfortune of having company over that night and I forgot to take my canvases down. They saw them and were like, "oh, um... modern!"

Stick it to 'em
The next week I painted on another 800 coats of white paint and transitioned into vinyl lettering. If I couldn't make nice enough handwriting, my computer surely could!!

I found a cool font here on defont.com  I don't know why it has a gross name, but it does. :/ Thank the immature person who named it for me while you're there.

Using Picmonkey I made two files, each with  different parts of the song on it. Finally, success!! Feel free to download the images and use them yourself. Or,


Download the Silhouette files here, and here
Here's the first one:
clever nest: vinyl canvas art Mighty to Save #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art

and the second one:

clever nest: vinyl canvas art Mighty to Save #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art

I opened the files in my Silhouette Studio program and traced around the letters to make cut lines. Then I  cut it out on the Silhouette machine, peeled off the excess vinyl, applied transfer paper, peeled the vinyl off the backing, placed it on the canvases, and peeled off the transfer paper! whew.

All said and done!
Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

Clever Nest: vinyl song lyric art #silhouette_cameo_projects #vinyl_lettering #diy_canvas_art

And decidedly, my computer does write much better cursive than I can. I gladly concede.
Simple silhouette project: song lyric canvases, Clever Nest #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art #mighty_to_save

The mid century buffet that is usually against the wall there under the mirror is temporarily in our living room as of last night. We're planning to refinish our media cabinet and we needed something to take it's place while we work on it! I actually love it in here, I wish we had two of them. :)
Simple silhouette project: song lyric canvases, Clever Nest #silhouette_cameo #diy_canvas_art #mighty_to_save

blurry phone photo!

Have a great weekend! May all your crafting, cleaning, or relaxing be awesome :)

    
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Mighty to Save lyric art using a Silhouette Cameo, Clever Nest #diy_canvas_art #song_lyric_art

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