DIY Inspirational Subway Art

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I’ve been MIA for a very important reason. You see, last weekend around this time I had just finished Divergent–which was one of the books on my 2014 Reading List–and less than 48 hours later I had consumed both Insurgent and Allegiant as well. I saw the movie too. You know that desperate-for-more, listless feeling you get when you finish a great story, and all you want is more but there isn’t any? I had that.

That and so many feelings. The series did not end how I thought it would and I felt sad and angry and betrayed and oddly satisfied and all the feelings all at once. It was good. It was a whirlwind weekend of book adventure that abruptly came to an unexpected close, and it left me with a book-hangover of epic proportions.

So I did what any rational, grieving book-lover would do in that situation. I bought a Kindle Paperwhite and read The Fault in Our Stars. I knew it was going to be a sad book, so I figured it would provide some much-needed catharsis, and it did. Though it was another unexpected ending, in a way. And  I know I said I would never buy a Kindle–I like the feel and smell and weightiness of books, and putting them on my overburdened shelves when I’m finished with them–but I’m SO glad I got one. I love bookstores, but I love instantly having any book I want to read at my fingertips in mere moments better.

That said, I did find some time in my fiction-soaked weekend to get my craft on! Ever since I told my diagnosis story and stumbled on this quote, it’s been banging back and forth in my head and I knew it needed a place on my wall. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that your happiness doesn’t–or, at least, shouldn’t–depend on chance, on circumstances, on possibilities or coincidences, or on unexpected book endings that wrench your insides for days. And since I’ve always wanted to make my own subway art and now finally have the means to do it, I went for it!

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HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:

-11×14 (or proportionately sized) wood canvas board
Vinyl + Transfer Paper
Acrylic Paint – Black and White
Silhouette Cameo or an exacto knife + a lot of patience

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First, you will want to paint your board. I used a wood board that I got at an art supply store that had a canvas pattern on it but that still seemed smooth enough for vinyl to stick to it. I painted it a dark gray using black and white acrylic paint.

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While your paint is drying, cut out your design. You can download a FREE Silhouette Cut File here!

Free Silhouette Subway Art Cut File from www.EssentiallyEclectic.com

(Please note this cut file is for personal use only)

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When your design is cut, you will need to weed it, meaning you will need to take out all the junk pieces of vinyl until all that’s left on your vinyl sheet  are the words you need. Using transfer paper, place your words on your board and press them down using a credit card or scraper. Check out this glass-etching tutorial for photos showing how to use transfer paper.

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I found I had a hard time getting my letters to stick to the wood board surface–they wanted to stay stuck to my transfer paper–but I eventually got them off and all stuck onto the board. You might consider going over the board with some clear/matte mod podge just to be sure they stay stuck, but so far my letters are still lookin’ good without it!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! What quote would YOU put on your DIY subway art?

Love,
Gabby

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