Sunday, November 25, 2007

Words on Walls







When we moved into our present house, I went through this writing-on-the-walls phase.
  (Actually, I went through it in our other house, too. Had an entire psalm up in the kitchen . . . ) 

Anyway, Kay asked about the writing over my front door, so I thought I'd share a few pictures while I'm continuing to decorate. 

Click on the photos for closer details. 

Writing on the wall is really simple--and if you're artistically challenged like me, you don't do it freehand.  Simply take your favorite saying, choose your favorite computer font, and print it out in letters as big as you need to cover the space on your wall.  (Yes, on printer paper. Yes, it will take many sheets.)  

Then hike down to your favorite craft store and buy a box of graphite paper.  It's like the old carbon paper we used to use in typewriters.  (Now I'm dating myself.)  

Tape your printed pages together, tape them to the wall, and slide the graphite paper beneath it.  Trace the letters on the wall--the graphite will leave a literal pencil mark.  Then take the papers down, get a very thin paint brush, and paint with your favorite craft paint.  If you make a mistake, either wash it off while it's wet, or paint over it and start again. 

Upstairs in the guest room, I painted "the road to a friend's house is never long."  

My dining room says, "O taste and see that the Lord is good." 

My kitchen is decorated in fruit, so I have Gal. 5:22 on the walls. 

My office says, "The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe." 

And over my front door it says, "The ornament of this home is the friends who visit here." 
 
Have a blank wall?   Write on it! 

~~Angie, who has no more blank walls . . . 

P.S. Happy anniversary, Kay!  

14 comments:

Deborah Raney said...

Oh, I LOVE all your writing on the wall, Angie! Beautiful, and how perfect for a WRITER! I'm looking at our walls with new eyes. But didn't you feel just a little naughty?? Writing on the walls was a capital offense when I was a kid. : )

Angela said...

Tee hee. Being an adult means you can write on the walls and eat cookies before dinner if you want to. :-)

In our old house, my daughter (FREEHAND) wrote an Irish prayer on the walls of the guestroom. Sort of like, "May the road rise up to meet you . . ."

It was lovely. :-) But I don't dare try it freehand.

Angie

Suzanne said...

I love it too, but what I really want to know is...has anyone ever been hit in the head by one of those eggs falling off the shelf over the door? LOL

Angela said...

LOL! No one's been hit by a crystal egg--those things haven't moved in five years, which is probably why they look so dusty . . .

I really must get them down for a bath.

Angie

Kay said...

Thanks for the anniversary wishes, Angie. We had a nice celebration.

I have been thinking of doing the fruit of the spirit, similar to the way you have. Our kitchen ceiling has a drop down area where it would be perfect.

Thanks for explaining how to do it. I would have tried free hand and been very, very angry by the time I gave up! LOL

Kay said...

Oh, I wanted to say that a friend has a music room and on the walls she has names of great composers. She included the names Flatt and Scruggs for her husband's sake.

So names of famous writers around the top of the office wall would be pretty cool, too.

Megan DiMaria said...

That's beautiful, Angie. But tell me, do you have more hours in a day than the rest of us?

A prisoner of hope,
Megan DiMaria

Marla Taviano said...

Writing verses on my walls has been a dream of mine FOREVER. I just turned 32, and it is high time I started living that dream. What the hey? I may even try it freehand. (gasp)

Thank you for the inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

Angie, you are so good! I just go to the company Wonderful Graffiti and buy theirs. I do some things crafty, but honestly I am not good enough to take all the steps you mention and get it on right. With the Wonderful Grafitti company, no worries! I am not a paid endorser :)

Angela said...

wonderful graffiti, hmm? I'll have to check them out! (And I need some more blank walls!)

Angie

Kelli Standish said...

Angie,
This is very cool!
If you ever want to skip the graphite, you can also try www.wallwords.com

Writing in every font and color, you pick the words!

Cheering you on,
Kelli

sharon o said...

Could you come to my house and do a demo?

Anonymous said...

When my daughter (whose husband is an Executive Chef) and her family lived in Charlotte, NC, a friend wrote the following around the top of their kitchen wall.

"We may live without poetry, music and art
We may live without conscience and live without heart
We may live without friends, we may live without books
But civilized man cannot live without cooks!"

She and I also had a wheel cover made for his jeep with the last line scrolled thereon.

I know that none of your readers will agree with the end of line 3, but it was a fun poem for the kids! Clyde

Ruth W said...

Angie,
I love your writing on the wall. It's beautiful. I feel inspiration here.
Ruth W (HD)