They say the best form of flattery is imitation so I'm here to put that theory to use. Pottery Barn has some of the cutest wall decor for childrens' rooms and I wanted to create something for the bedding that I purchased for Christmas for my nephew. Below is a picture of the Planes, Trains and Trucks bedding from Jcpenny that my sister picked out because Aidan needs to be moved to a big boy bed before his new brother comes in July.
The colors are great, right? So I headed off to Home Depot to have them cut me up 10 X 10 pieces of plywood. After completing my Sports Puppy Plaques I decided I wanted the plywood to be ½ inch thick, rather than only a ¼ inch. (On a side note: Did you know my husband works at Lowes, but I have to go to Home Depot to be the annoying girl asking for things to be cut!)
I painted the sides and the top of each piece with white acrylic paint. I only used one coat because I had a plan.
Can you tell from the picture what my plan was? That's right, I used Distressing Ink on the sides of each piece. It was my first time using the Distress Ink pad. I simply used the pad of ink on the sides by patting it along the edge and then I swiftly rubbed right near the edge.
I love the way it looks so weathered.
I'd say that I'm somewhat artistic, but there was no way I was going to be able to free hand a truck, plane and train. So I turned to the same method I used with my Irish Blessing Plate. I found similar images in clip art to the bedding and I printed them large enough to fit perfectly on the pieces of wood.
I made sure to cover the all the lines that I needed to trace with pencil on the back. The pencil will transfer onto the wood once you trace the actual image's lines with a ballpoint pen.
The transfer worked perfectly. The lines were all visible enough that I could easily paint them.
I used paint pens to trace the pencil lines. I found the pens in the acrylic paint aisle at Michaels. They worked really well and I wish I had them for a couple of other projects I've done.
I painted inside the outline using the bedding as a reference for the colors. I used acrylic paint and tried my best to stay within the outline. I realized afterwards that I didn't need to stress so much about the lines because I was able to go back over the lines with the paint pens.
I absolutely love the plain. Mainly because I was nervous about the outline because the clip art wasn't very clear.
Truck, Train, and Plane Wall Plaques
The finishing touch was the ribbon to hang it. I wasn't sure if my sister would want the ribbon because I could have used saw teeth hooks like I did for my Scrapbooked Wall Tiles, but she wanted the ribbon. I used Ring Hangers so that the ribbon could easily slip through the ring. Ta Da!
I hope my sister likes them as much as I do. I find that I question if they're as cute as I think they are.
I'll be linking to these great parties and others listed on my Party page: