Hey everyone! I hope you had a FANTASTIC holiday season! Mine was FABULOUS!!! My hubby surprised me on Christmas morning with a plane ticket to go see my best friend who is pregnant with her 3rd little one. I am DYING I am SO EXCITED! I haven’t seen her in over a year and a half and I honestly don’t know how I’ve lived so long without her. Everyone deserves a friend like the one I got and a husband who understands too! 🙂 Anyway, enough of that little love fest…
So its New Years 2011 this weekend! Can you believe it!? This year has been ridiculously speedy-quick it seems. Although looking back on the 9 months I was pregnant last year, I probably have to take that back. Anyway, I’m a list maker and I actually sort of look forward to making New Years Resolutions. I do not however necessarily look forward to keeping them all the time! But, I thought for this year I would display my resolutions in an attempt to remind me of them daily and keep me motivated. I could just write my resolutions on a post-it and stick it to my mirror, or I thought I could make them pretty and fun by doing a little “letterpress” wall art to hang up somewhere where it will grab my attention everyday. So here it goes, another Picnik tutorial, quick and easy and FREE FREE FREE! Enjoy! P.S. These are seriously my resolutions…no mocking please. 🙂
1. The first thing to do is open Picnik and sign in. Then you’re going to need a blank “photo” to use. The easiest way to get this I’ve found is to (as un-fancy as it may be) go to google images and google “solid white”. You will get a bunch of plain old white “photos” (jpeg images) to choose from. Pick one, save it to your computer, and then upload it to Picnik. I have a feeling we’ll be using this solid white image a lot so save it in an obvious place under an obvious name so that it is easy to find next time you need it. Or, once you upload it, Picnik saves it for you under your HISTORY as well. Once you upload it and it is open in your screen, if you’d like to resize it you can. I am planning on just printing mine out on my home printer so I resized mine to 850×1100 (for it to fit nicely on an 8.5″x11″ piece of computer paper).
2. Next go to the “CREATE” tab and click on “text”. One of the MANY things I LOVE about Picnik is that they have a large variety of different font options that are hard to find with other programs. Play with the font options until you find a font you like. This is really where you can go crazy with your style and creativity to find just what kind of feel you’re looking for. I actually made my SeeCateCreate logo and banner using Picnik and some of these techniques. I am planning on doing a tutorial on how to do that kind of stuff soon. Anyway, its probably a good thing to sit down and scribble out your resolutions before hand if you’d like so that putting it all together won’t be too overwhelming and time consuming for you. Once you know what they are, type “twenty-eleven” in the text box and pick a font and color. I am putting this in my black and white bedroom so I chose black for now. I also rotated the text to run down the right side of my photo. Heres what I mean:
3. The letterpress you see around these days has a sort of simple modern feel to it so you want to keep that in mind while doing this project. Or not, its up to you. You can make this as filled, fun, and flirty feeling as you’d like. I’m just showing you the techniques, run with them! Step 3 is to start laying down your resolutions. You can pick a new font, color, size, or just bold or italicize the font you have already chosen.
4. You can see from above that I just kind of got the words on there. Now I’m going to start really rearranging my resolutions and playing with the colors, fonts, text sizes and such until I get something that looks aesthetically pleasing as well as flows nicely when read. As you can see I kept my phrases short and to the point. I think it fits this kind of project if you are going for that more modern feel.
5. Thats pretty much it! Oh, just so you know, I added the heart in “love” using the “stickers” tab and the “hand-drawn hearts” (“hand-drawn hearts” is a premium feature but they have other stickers you can use for free if you don’t get the premium membership) button. Now I’m just going to save and print my new Resolution Letterpress Wall ART! Yay!
I think this will look fantastic in a black frame on my bedroom wall. My bedroom is black, white, and celadon green. I’ll post pics when its up! If you need more inspiration for this kind of wall art visit Etsy and type “letterpress” in the search. There are tons of fun things artists are doing out there with letterpress. If you like my tutorials, please subscribe to my blog and tell your friends and family! Also, I’d LOVE to see your projects so email me your finished craft photo pics and I’ll post them on my blog! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year!
Heres another letterpress type piece I did using the same techniques on Picnik: