Poetry on Canvas
I shared with you about redoing my bedroom last year, read about (Part 1) and (Part 2). But I have not rehung any wall art yet because I’ve had a project in mind that will be the main piece of art for the room. Have you seen any Poetry on Canvas yet? Or maybe song lyrics?
Mr. Menace writes beautiful poetry. The first poem he wrote for me was about 15 years ago not long after we started dating. We lived in different towns and he sent me a single rose for Valentine’s Day. On the card he had them write his original poem.
I decided I wanted to paint this poem on canvas and hang it in our bedroom. Michael’s had their art supplies 1/2 price and I purchased the largest canvas. Then I put off doing the painting because I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to go about it. Pinterest was again my best friend and I found several suggestions for how to create my vision.
And then, I just decided to do it and let the chips fall where they may.
I painted my canvas with a coat of white acrylic craft paint and while I was doing it, I had a thought. After locating my leftover bedroom wall paint, which was white with GLITTER added, I put a coat on the canvas! The glitter is faint but when the light hits it just right, BLING!
I thought about free-handing the poem, but that really scared me, so I typed the poem into my Word program on my computer. Looking at fonts, I tried to find one that resembled Mr. Menace’s handwriting, but none of them were messy enough. ha! I finally chose a font that looks like handwriting, called Journal, and I downloaded it for free from HERE.
The font was small so I enlarged it to 150 and printed it out. I then placed the sheets of paper onto my 24″x36″ canvas and immediately knew the words were not big enough, so I then enlarged the font size to 250 and it fit perfectly!
The next step was to turn the sheets of paper over and shade the letters in pencil on the back side of the paper. This was a little bit time consuming but not bad.
When I finished, I turned the paper back right side up and placed them on the canvas and began tracing over the letters on the front side. This made the pencil marks on the back side transfer to the canvas. I had to place some books underneath the canvas to give it a firm backing to do this.
Luckily, I did not have to draw any lines on my canvas. Because my font was so big, only one word printed per page, so I was able to line up the top edge of the paper with the top edge of the canvas for the first line of the poem. For the other lines, I lined up the top edge of the paper with the bottom of the words on the previous line. This kept everything equal distance.
Once I had the faint outlines on the canvas, it was time to paint.
I was very shaky at first. But after I did a little bit, I relaxed and got much better. Besides, I wanted it to look handwritten.
But bending over at the dining table sure was making my back hurt!
Thank Goodness Mr. Menace arrived home soon and was able to help me get my easel set up. It was smooth sailing from there!
As the afternoon wore on, and it began to get a little darker in the room, I finally realized that my reading glasses would probably help me to stay within the lines. Duh…
*This poem is copyrighted and may not be used or duplicated without the author’s consent. Excerpts and Links are permissible with proper credit.*
I am very happy with the way it turned out.
And I love having the poem hanging where I can read it every single day as soon as I wake up.
This man. He knows how to romance a woman.