Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day Word Art

To wrap up Father's Day week here at Craft Your Nest, I'm going to share a canvas piece my boys and I created for my husband.  A couple weeks ago, we got him an early present - an iPhone - when his phone died.  For Father's Day, I wanted to give him something more "from the heart" as well.

To start, I had my boys brainstorm some words that they felt described my husband.  I then chose five of those words, each containing one letter from the word "daddy", to use for our canvas. 

The longest part of the process was going through my chipboard alphabets and choosing letters for the words.  My alphas are stored in a couple drawers and are completely unorganized, so this step consisted of dumping dozens of letters on the floor and sorting by font.  I don't have a picture of this step, but I'm sure you can imagine the mess.  :)

Once we got the letters chosen, we took them outside with several bottles of Mr. Huey's Color Mists.  At this point, the letters were roughly placed on the canvas - just to make sure everything would fit.

I then pulled off the letters that would spell daddy:

After putting the rest of the letters in a shallow cardboard box, my 8-year-old misted them with Mr. Huey's "Overdue".

He took his misting seriously and did a very thorough job.  :)

With the help of my six-year-old, I misted the letters in the word "daddy" with Mr. Huey's in "Heirloom Blue".

We then moved inside because I live in south Georgia and it was getting crazy hot outside.  I misted my 8x10 canvas in "Manilla" and splattered a few drops to give it a worn look.

I brought the letters back to the canvas and played around with them until I found a spacing that I liked.  Because of the size of the letters combined with the size of the canvas, I knew the letters in "daddy" wouldn't line up, but I'm ok with that.  I think the blue is bold enough that it works, but you could certainly use smaller letters or a larger canvas if you wanted the letters to align perfectly.

After adhering the letters with my trusty E-6000, I used some Diamond Glaze to accent the blue letters.

And in less than an hour (including the time spent hunting through chipboard), the canvas was complete.   My husband has to work on Father's Day, but my boys and I are going to surprise him with lunch and they'll present the canvas to him then.  I have a feeling it will go on display in his office.  :)

Are you making anything crafty for the Dad in your life?  I'd love to hear about it!


  1. This is brilliant, Dawn! I love it! Max will,too, I know!

  2. Dawn, love it! This is do fun!!! :)

  3. this turned out wonderfully! The blue is definitely bright and fun :) The boys are champion misters...

  4. I absolutely love this Daddy canvas, Dawn!! What a great idea for spray painting!!

  5. Hello!

    This is perfection in showing Dad your love! What a wonderful family creation! Wishing you a happy Monday!


    Barbara Diane

  6. Thank y'all so much! He already hung it in his office! :)


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