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Ta-Da! Tuesday: **Updated with final touch-ups!** Dream a Little Dream of Me

Crafting Projects I Want To Do 43) Word transfer art

Oh, Pinterest.  You’re so very addictive and full of ideas I want to try.  This idea is no different.  Once I set my eyes upon this link I knew I had to do it.  So I carved out this Ta-Da! Tuesday just for this project.

I have to confess that I’m probably the only girl above the age of 4 who’s obsessed with unicorns.  I have an entire unicorn collection in the corner of mine and my husband’s bedroom (Bless him for letting me do that.  It takes a real man to have unicorns in his bedroom).  We just recently moved to a new apartment, and while I was unpacking, I ran across this poster:

Unicorn poster, gifted…from husband.  Who is more than okay with me turning it into something else, by the way.

You can’t really see it here, but it had gotten wrinkled beyond respectable presentability.  I was fully intent on donating it until I ran across the above link.

Our bedroom’s main theme (aside from the unicorner) is celestial, with lots of moons, stars, dark blues, golds, and yellows.  So I thought this would be perfect to use for this project because it already had blue and yellow in it.  I originally thought I’d follow the craft exactly, using the white paint, but after some thought I decided to use light yellow instead:

Spray paint:  Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss, “Bright Idea” (bought at Michael’s).

I chose the “Dream A Little Dream of Me” (honestly there’s such a long list of names who’ve covered this song that I can’t even begin to tell you who’s originally credited with it.  I first heard the Dean Martin version, know the Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald one the best, and have heard the Michael Buble one) lyrics 1) because it has the word “stars” and “night” in it, so I thought it would fit in well with the theme of our bedroom, and 2) because during my and my husband’s dating days, when we were long-distance, I’d sing this song to him at night before he went to sleep.  Yes, cheesy, I know.  What can I say?  🙂

So I started laying out the letters:

Chipboard letters:  Pressed Petals Chip Chatter, Tall.

It was supposed to say “stars shining bright above you”, but as you can tell, I lacked several letters to fully form this phrase so I had to make weird substitutions.  🙂

I didn’t know if I wanted to do this phrase or “night breezes seem to whisper I love you”, but either way, I didn’t have the letters.  I contemplated going out and buying enough letters for all of it, but then I decided to just do the whole first part of the song instead.  And then!!  I remembered that my extremely generous friend had given me her whole scrapbooking stash (for which I’ll be eternally grateful).  So I raided that for all the letters and I was ecstatic that I had all of them (and then some!!!).  They were smaller than the chipboard letters so I was able to fit all the lyrics on the poster:

Letter stickers:  Creative Memories, gifted.

As mentioned in the link, I cut the letters out first and arranged them onto the poster to see if I like the layout before I actually stuck them on:

The funny thing is the pre-layout didn’t quite work as well as I wanted it to.  When I started to stick the letters on, of course the width of them were reduced because it didn’t have the white background paper that the stickers were stuck on.  So I had to tweak the layout a bit as I stuck the stickers on.  I know it’s a little off, but I think I actually like it imperfect.  Gives it character.

Then I applied the spray paint:

Side note:  I’d never actually used spray paint until this very project.  I felt a bit mischievous, like someone sneaking up on an abandoned train to tag it.  I admit I giggled a little bit at this scenario.  Anyways, the spray paint was much leaker than I thought it would be.  It was quite drippy.  Perhaps you guys would have better luck with a better-quality spray paint?  Anyone out there who’s well-versed in spray painting have any brand recommendations in case I want to do this again?

I applied four thin layers, letting each layer dry two minutes before applying a new one.  Then I let the whole thing dry for about an hour and a half.

Then the peeling started (be careful during this step!):

When I got done peeling all the letters off, this is what I ended up with:

The original link used acrylic paint and a paintbrush and recommended spray paint because the acrylic paint bled.  As you can see here, the spray paint still bled a little (you can especially see it in the “me” at the end):

but I think that was because of my spray painting inexperience.  I think next time around I won’t coat the paint on so heavily and it probably won’t bleed through.  Also, I’d recommend thicker lettering.  I think some of the problem was that during my heavy-handed spray painting, the paint soaked clear through the thin stickers and that was the cause of some of the bleeding.  So maybe do chipboard letters (like I originally had)?  I have to say, though, that even though at first I was concerned about how the symbols would turn out, I was actually quite pleased with the clouds, music notes, and crescent moon:

The star ended up being a little warped, but that’s okay.  Overall, I had fun doing it and would definitely do it again.  And I think if it really bothered me, I could fix the bleeding by trying to “erase” it with nail polish remover or layering a colored letter sticker on top.  But as of right now, I liked the way it turned out it enough to proudly display it in my bedroom.  So with that, I am off to bed for the night.  🙂

**Wednesday update:  I woke up this morning and the letters that bled through really bugged me, so I ended up taking a nail polish remover-soaked cotton swab and touched it up, and I was really pleased with the result: (so much so that I deemed it good enough for hanging)

Sweet Dreams to All!


2 thoughts on “Ta-Da! Tuesday: **Updated with final touch-ups!** Dream a Little Dream of Me

  1. I would imagine that the quality of paper you use would influence the drip level as well. More absorbent paper, especially one that has a cloth-base, would stand up better to acrylics or spray painting. The gloss from the poster would keep it from being absorbent.

    Good job, though–I’ve seen that project and I can’t make up my mind about how I want to reinvent it yet.

    1. I didn’t even think about the absorption level. I’m wondering how well it would work on a canvas painting? And I didn’t think about the gloss, either. I guess that would explain why it didn’t bleed through the part where I put the paper on a foam back.

      I’ve thought about a couple different ways to reinvent this project:
      1) Prep a canvas with solid paint (or a pattern, if you’re feeling particularly artsy). Use stencils to cut out your saying from a magazine picture or thrifted poster, then Mod Podge it onto the canvas.
      2) The classic Indian ink rub-off where you draw something in crayon (with a very heavy hand), paint Indian ink on top, then you can put letter stencils on top and use a paper clip to scratch out the letters, revealing the crayon underneath.

      I’m actually quite partial to the second version, but I first have to buy some Indian ink and I have to save money for it. I’m thinking of doing a Mother’s Day gift that way.

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