It’s my birthday today. I am 21 years old, which sounds entirely too old to me. Don’t get me wrong — it’s been a long time coming, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with my free Trudy’s Mexican martini. But sometimes I catch myself driving to a dentist appointment or paying an electricity bill or cooking dinner for myself and suddenly I wonder how I got here, how I went from a thirteen-year-old hiding her diary under her mattress to a real adult with an apartment and a credit score.
But regardless, somehow, here I am. The first 21 years of my life have been an incredible adventure, and all signs tell me that the next 21 and the 21 after that will be just as amazing. And I’m reminded of that every day as I walk downstairs and see the canvas above hanging on my wall.
Tempera paint of your color choice
White puffy paint
If you don’t want the canvas to be white, paint it with tempera paint. I used a grey-blue. Let it dry completely.
Pick a sans serif font and a quote or message (mine is from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road), and print it out in the font size you want it to be on the canvas.
Tape the paper with the text onto your table or work surface, and tear off a piece of wax paper big enough to cover it.
Using the puffy paint, trace the letters onto the wax paper. It might take a while to get the right pressure, so take your time. Don’t make the letters too thin. Let the letters dry.
When the letters have dried overnight or longer, peel them off the wax paper and place them onto the canvas. This will let you get a feel for how spaced out the letters should be, where the lines should go, etc.
When you feel comfortable with how the letters are placed, use a long piece of scotch tape from one side of the canvas to the other as a straight-line guide. Using Mod Podge, glue the letters down one line at a time, starting from the top line. Let dry completely.
Inspired by Virginia & Charlie.