What you need:
A canvas- This one is from Michael's, I believe it is 16x20 inches
Blue painter's tape
Paint color of your choice (mine is the flamingo pink I used for my monogrammed dish)
A paint brush or sponge (Michael's has them for super cheap)
A washable marker (for sketching the monogram)
A whole lotta thumbtacks! ( I had 300 from the dollar store, but that wasn't enough. Had to get a 2nd box, which was from WalMart and worked the same)
The first step is to tape out your zig zags on your canvas. This can be kind of tedious, especially if you are a perfectionist. Luckily, I am not. Anyway, you want to start cutting many, many strips that are all around the same length from your painter's tape. At first, I was trying to be perfect and measuring out all the strips to be exactly the same length. If you want the same size 'zig zag' every time, this is the way to go. If you don't really care that it's perfect, you can eyeball the length. You then just start to lay them out in a zig zag fashion, all the while smoothing out any ridges or bubbles in the tape.
|If you want perfect lines, use this technique|
of measuring the tape every time
|As you can see, my lines are not all the same. |
It's not obvious in the end though.
Once it's all taped out, you can paint a coat over the canvas. Remember when you are taping, what's white will actually be where the color is in the end, so if you want it thin, leave the space between rows thin, and vice versa if you want it thicker.
|Try not to get TOO much paint on the tape, |
because it will bleed through in some places
I was pretty satisfied with how it turned out, even when I first pulled off all of the tape. There were definitely spots that needed touching up, but I just used a small detailing brush and guided it along the edge of any shaky looking lines. It probably took about 15 minutes to clean up the lines to where I was satisfied with them.
The next step was tracing out my monogram onto the canvas. I found the easiest thing to do this with was a Crayola washable marker. I chose to use pink. I think you could also use chalk, or anything else that would be easy to wipe off, because trust me- you will make mistakes. I had a wet washcloth handy to wipe away any mistakes until I got it right. I chose to do my monogram in a script font, which I can personally sketch out in about 2.5 seconds. But if you are not familiar with how to draw your own- here is a picture of the alphabet in this font so you can figure it out on your own. Note: My initials are CGB, but you want your last initial to be in the middle, and your first name initial on the left side with your middle name initial on the right. So my monogram appears like this: cBg (little C, big B, little G).
I sketched out the B first since it was the largest and in the very center of the canvas. I also went ahead and put the thumbtacks in on the B so I knew exactly where I wanted to go with the smaller initials.
|It's very faint, but you can see the sketch of the B if you look closely|
|Truckin' along on the B|
If you are not happy with the way a pin is laying, or the way a few pins are laying or curving or anything of that nature, it can be easily fixed. All you have to do it pull the thumbtack out and re-pierce the canvas where you think it should lay. I had to do this PLENTY of times throughout the process because I felt that if one was sitting wrong it stood out like a sore thumb.
|Closeup of the finished thumbtack monogram|
As you can see, neither the chevron pattern or monogram itself is perfect, but I think it turned out amazing and looks really good in my now tan room at home. Plus it's just such an interesting piece, and something a lot of people would never have thought to do with some $1 thumbtacks :) Here are some finished product photos of it hanging on my wall in my room:
|closeup with flash|
|From a different angle...|
Sorry the colors are so off in some of these, I use my iPhone for pictures because my camera sucks, and it takes better quality pictures, but it's frustrating because I can never seem to get the color right! In real life the color is a really pretty coral, in most of the pictures I know it looks really bright and orangey.
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful! Like I said earlier, you definitely don't have to do a monogram, you could do words, a picture (a fleur de lis would be really cute!), or anything your mind can think of! I would love to see the results if any of you do try this at home, so link it to me in a comment if so!
I plan on getting a new camera pretty soon, so hopefully my pictures will get better in my next couple of posts. Also, be on the lookout for an update to the very popular cobra stitch bracelet tutorial in the next week or so!
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