DIY State Canvas with Lyrics

I’m not the type to plan out a project. I usually get an idea and a few hours later there it is! But I’ve had this idea for quite some time now and took the time to do a couple rough drafts O.O woah.

My inspiration came from Parmalee’s song Carolina. I just adore the lyrics, “home is where my heart is still beating.” It’s definitely fitting of how I feel about Indiana. Ellettsville is a small speck on the map right outside of Bloomington, home to IU. It’s here I fell in love with basketball, played a plethora of sports and involved myself heavily in school functions and clubs, started friendships that have now lasted over a decade. After high school I moved to Lafayette and lived there for five years for school. I love the crazy weather patterns, miles of corn and incredibly gracious people. My life may take me anywhere, who knows?! I mean I’m pretty young. I want something that will always remind me Indiana is my home. 🙂

I decided to go with a canvas project. A glittery Indiana and the lyrics nice and bold. Here’s how I made it!

What you’ll need:
Canvas
Glitter
Brushes
Scissors
Print out of your home state
Pencil
Acrylic paint; Navy Blue, Country Red and Mulberry are what I chose!
Cup of water

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1. Make your state outline. To do this I used Photoshop.

Pick out an outline and open in PS.

First Step
Crop in as much as possible. SAVE SAVE SAVE.

Step Three
Crop the top half of your state (or left/right half) and save. Open the entire image again and crop the opposite half, save.

Crop Top Crop Bottom
When printing either half expand it as much as possible. It will yell at you and say it will be “cutting some of the image” but that’s okay.

Print TopPrint Bottom
2. Cut out your state. My top ended up being larger than the bottom so I cut it down to match.

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3. Outline in pencil and start edging.

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4. Fill in small sections at a time and dust glitter as you go. Give 30 minutes to dry.

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5. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to seal in the glitter. Give 20 minutes to dry.

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6. Draw out your words in pencil. I couldn’t see much when it was on the state, so some improve needed. {My handwriting is really bad…oh well!}

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7. Use your other colors to fill in. Erase any areas you may not have gone over. Voila!

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My painting skills aren’t to die for but I’m really happy with it 🙂 Do you have any home state pride around in your house? I would love to hear/see!!

LYSB

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Room Update: Book Cases

Wishing safe travels to everyone covered in snow this weekend! Winter is our favorite.

I shared some before pictures of my bedroom recently. Let’s just say it gave me the drive to actually do something about it. Those book cases were so gross and they seemed like the easiest place to start! Let’s say they’re not totally finished but I’m pleased with the start 🙂

Apologizes for the crummy, obvious night time photos.