Thursday, March 7, 2013

Boston Subway Art ~ Z Gallerie Knock Off

There are all kinds of friends in life.

Friends that make you smile, friends that inspire, friends that stop you from walking in on drunk (and naked) hospital visitors when what they really wanted was to let you walk in there and experience that JOY for yourself.
(I couldn't make this stuff up.)

Friends that simply make you a better person!

Somehow I got lucky.
I've been blessed with 4 of those amazing friends! (and yes, you know I'm talking about you up there Paula)

So the answer was easy.
When one of those fabulous ladies asked me to create a gift for her dad, the answer was an absolute YES!

Z Gallerie

Kristin had seen this sign from Z Gallerie and asked if it might be possible to make something similar.
Something maybe a bit less distressed, very personalized, still Boston and hopefully WAY LESS expensive.
Depending on the size and style, theirs cost anywhere from $249.95 to $849.95.

I was absolutely certain I could do better than that!

To make this sign, I used the same process as my "Bacon" and Latitude/Longitude signs.
The only notable difference was going back to wood instead of canvas.
Oh, and the fact that some of those little white flecks you see are actually bits of chalk I scraped off with my fingernail. 
I just randomly scattered them where I liked, then Mod-Podged the whole thing to seal it down.

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NOTE TO SELF: just rubbing chalk over the top then trying to seal it with Mod-Podge for that "chalkboard look" WILL. NOT. WORK.

Yes I tried this.
Yes the chalk just disappeared once it got wet.
Yes you all probably knew that would happen already.

The larger bits though, they actually worked.
The idea wasn't a TOTAL craft fail.

See what did work to get that chalkboard look in this post.

All the locations, teams, etc. are things she chose because they are special to her dad. 

I love art that not only looks good, but also has lots of meaning!

Next project on my list...

Buy a new tripod.

Photographing on the porch, in the wind, was maybe not my best idea.
At least my camera survived!!

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  1. Jeannine, it's AWESOME!! I'll bet Kristin's dad just loved it. What a special gift. You did a great job. I would have done the same thing with the chalk, and watched it disappear. Glad you figured it out for the rest of us! You are so talented!


  2. I'm right there with you on adding meaning to art & projects. I'm a sentimental sap like that. I love how this turned out, another masterpiece!

  3. Keeping with your looks wicked awesome!!

  4. WOW!!This is awesome! I invite you to link if you get a minute :)

  5. Awesome job, Jeannine! I love knock offs...can't beat the budget and rewarding feeling of being creative! Love it!

  6. What a beautiful, fun project! Would make a great gift for anyone!

  7. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #67!

  8. That is cool!!
    Thanks for linking this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. Just found your blog and I'm hooked! Love all your signs & creations...
    The script wall you did is fabulous!!! I have an extra bedroom I made into a library/me cave & would love doing something like this in there but me and my silhouette have not been on speaking terms since I got her..So frustrating!!!
    Can't wait to see what you do next!

  10. It's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! Glad I stumbled upon your blog ;) -Mika


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