DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art

We’re in the middle of prepping for the National Stationery Show in May, which for us means finalizing our latest product designs and finishing the catalogs. In the process, we have been designing new art prints for our line and shop – so we definitely have wall art on the brain! Our tutorial today is a break down of how to make your very own, one-of-a-kind hand lettered wall art for your house or to give as a gift. Just find your favorite quote and get pencil to paper! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

High quality archival paper, such as Arches Watercolor Paper Hot Press

Pencil

Kneaded Eraser

Brush Pen

Fine Felt Tipped Pen

Gouache (optional)

Copy Paper (to draft layout)

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Using sheets of copy paper, sketch out your quote in a variety of different layouts/styles. Look at some of your favorite fonts for letter-shape inspiration if you feel stuck about how to make the letters go together. Once you’ve settled on a layout that you like, re-draw it on your nice archival paper. So that it pressure isn’t too high, make sure that you have a couple of sheets of the nice paper-in case you need to make a couple of drafts of the piece.

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Before putting any ink down onto your piece, you want to lift up the pencil lines so that they can act as a light guide for you but will not require heavy force once the ink is in place. A kneaded eraser does this job easily by rolling over the pencil and picking up the excess lead, as shown above.

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Take a deep breath and do your lettering with ink using your very light pencil lines as a guide. You can use a brush pen as we did here, a brush and ink, a felt tipped pen or a calligraphy pen. Each of these will yield a different looking result so it’s worth figuring out what you like best (a great thing to do while your drafting your design on copy paper). We like the boldness that a brush pen gives, especially when it meant to be viewed from a distance, which it will be when hanging on the wall!

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: To give some polish to the lettering, we like to go in with a fine tipped felt pen and do “touch-ups” to the outline. We typically smooth out any ending flourishes, tops of letters (like the “t”) and light areas that the brush didn’t get. The step is optional. You may achieve exactly the look you’re going for in step three! Once you’re happy with the lettering, gently erase the remaining light pencil lines.

DIY Hand Lettered Wall Art by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: We added a pop of color with a hot pink heart painted with gouache (opaque water color). This step is also optional and will depend on your design!

We hope that you have fun creating your own pieces and that you let your imagination run wild! If you’re new to lettering, it’s probably best to start with one word or a short phrase so that you can practice the process without the layout being too difficult. Have fun and Happy Lettering!

All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper and intended for personal, non-commercial use only.

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants

I’ve been on a bit of a paper creation binge lately – trying to dream up what kinds of things I can bring to life in paper form. My latest creation: paper air plants. Sure, air plants are already the lowest maintenance of all flora, but I couldn’t resist super-sizing their interesting contours and – oh yes – making them GOLD! Today, I’m sharing how to make a medium sized paper air plant about 8″ in diameter. Make lots and lots to create a table runner, or downsize them a bit for a creative plate adornment. I can only imagine all the uses you could come up with for these beauties!  –Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials
Gold Card Stock
Scissors
Bone Folder
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Cut out about 15 triangles in various widths ranging from 1/4″ – 1″ and heights ranging from 4 – 6″ to create the air plant’s leaves. Also cut (or punch) out two circles about 2″ in diameter.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Use a bone folder to gently curl each of the leaves as you would curl ribbon. Vary the curliness. Create an S-curl on a few  by curling the entire leaf in one direction from the back and then curling just the end of the leaf in the other direction from the front.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Cut a slit half way across the diameter of each of the circles.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Overlap the cut edges of each circle to create two cones, and glue into place. Make one of the cones a bit more angled than the other.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Glue 6 or 7 leaves into each of the cones by placing glue onto the back side of the bottom edge and sliding into the cone.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: Reserve two of the skinnier leaves for the center, and glue them together at the bottom.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Seven: Cut the bottom of the center two leaves into a point.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Eight: Dispense a large dollop of hot glue in the bottom of the less steep cone, and then affix the steeper of the two cones inside. Hold it in place a moment while the glue sets.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Nine: Dispense another small bead of glue into the steeper cone, and affix the pointed end of the center two leaves, holding in place while the glue sets.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Blue and Gold Embossed Save the Dates

In our last DIY post, we shared a gorgeous free pattern download for envelopes liners and place cards. We thought it would be fun this week to actually use the pattern as a launching point and design an awesome save the date that utilizes it in the design. The mixed shades of blue feels fresh and spring-y and we used our favorite embossing technique to incorporate lots of gold into the design (our favorite if you haven’t noticed). The result is a stunning and custom looking suite which can all be easily accomplished on your own with a few key materials! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Laurel Wreath Save the Date Stamp

Laurel Wreath Return Address Stamp

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Heat Tool

Embossing Powder in Gold

A2 Cards (we used Lake)

A2 Envelopes (we used Bluebell)

Gold Dot Washi Tape

Gold Glitter Heart Stickers

Liner (free download, printed on white text weight paper)

Envelope Liner Templates

Pencil and Scissors

Stick Glue or Double Sided Tape

Gold Calligraphy Ink

Vintage Postage

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: We embossed our Laurel Wreath Save the Date stamp and our Laurel Wreath Return Address Stamp for this save the date design. All of the pieces were embossed with our favorite gold embossing powder which gives lovely, fine results. Simply stamp your design on your card (Lake A2) and envelope (Bluebell A2) (either in matching ink or with Versamark glue ink, as pictured), dust the powder over it, tap off the excess, and heat set the print. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: To add personality to the design, we added an envelope liner made from our latest free pattern download. It really helps dress up the whole suite! Print the pattern out on your home printer using a high quality text weight paper, then trace the A2 envelope liner template onto the paper and cut it out with scissors. To install, simply use stick glue or double sided tape to adhere them into your envelope.

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: All that’s left now is the finishing touches! We addressed them using our favorite gold calligraphy ink and a dip pen – but your could also use a gold gel pen and your prettiest cursive to achieve a similar look. We added gold polka dot washi tape, a glitter heart sticker and vintage postage to tie everything together and make the envelope just as gorgeous as the save the date.

DIY Blue and Gold Wedding Save the Dates by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We know your guests will love getting these beauties in the mail!

All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland

Spring has sprung and it’s time to start showing it in your party decor! The first thing that I think of when you say spring is daisies. So it only seemed fitting to find a way to incorporate it into some party garland. And make it a garland that you can re-string to change up the wording for any occasion, now that is some win-win party decor. Here’s how to DIY your own spring daisy party garland. –Lauren

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Supplies

– cork letters (found here)

– faux daisy bunches

– glue gun

– drill with tiny bit (about 1/16″)

– string

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 1. Start by drilling holes through the tops of the letters. This is where you’ll string the garland.

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Step 2. Remove the daisies from the stems and attach on the front of each letter.

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 3. Add a touch of greenery to each letter with your glue gun.

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Now string your garland and hang!

Tip for stringing: create a “needle” with a small piece of wire to make getting the string through the cork easier.

DIY Spring Daisy Party Garland by A Fabulous Fete via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Continue on with all of the letters so you can change up your words for every party this season! What would yours say?

Photo Credits: Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Watercolor Paper for Envelope Liners and Place Cards

This week we’re sharing this patterned paper download with you. What we love about this simple watercolor pattern is how versatile it is. The uses for it are virtually endless. We are sure you’ll find many to use this lovely artwork and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Printable Watercolor Envelope Liner by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We’ve chosen to utilize this watercolor two ways: as a background for handwritten place cards and as an envelope liner. When we work with wedding clients we always try to help establish a theme that is carried throughout their wedding stationery. We love all the potential uses for this pattern!

Printable Watercolor Envelope Liner by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

To make your own place cards, print the pattern on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut it into 3.5″ x 4″ pieces and then score them in half. We used a calligraphy pen and gold ink to customize the cards.

Printable Watercolor Envelope Liner by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We continued the watercolor theme with these personal notes. Print the pattern on text weight paper and use an envelope liner template to cut them out. Adding an envelope liner is always a nice touch when sending a thoughtful personal note (or thank you note).

All artwork © 2015 Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper