Thursday, May 5, 2016

'Move Mountains' Poster Tutorial

For the longest time I wanted something on the wall over my son's bed in his room. Everything I chose, seemed to be either too big, too small, or just not what I was looking for.

I have seen on Pinterest and other social media sites, many different variations of the saying, 'let him sleep for when he wakes, he will move mountains'. I decided that this was they saying I wanted, but I just wasn't sure what type of medium I wanted it to be. I have seen it painted, hand-lettered, and as a digital art print. I have also seen it as a photo, as a painting on wood, and a digital print on canvas. As you can see there were so many choices. Most of them you could purchase, but they were pretty expensive.

I decided to create one using Illustrator and I had it printed on matte paper as a poster. This was the best option, because it was very inexpensive and since I am not the best at painting or hand-lettering, this was a sure way to get what I was looking for, without being disappointed. I am learning quickly what I am capable of and what I am not.

Here is what you need for this project (not much).

1. 'move mountains' 16x20 poster (free download from me)
2. small piece of fabric color or design of your choice (I had some extra laying around)
3. glue
4. 16x20 frame (optional) I just hung my poster right on the wall with pretty pins & it looks great
5. push pins

I had the poster printed through FedEx Kinkos for only 16.00. The poster I created is that exact size so make sure you don't size up or down. Download here >> mountains poster. I had it printed on matte paper. The quality was still great, because it's not really a photo of someone, it's just lettering.

I hung the poster on the wall in center of my son's bed and all I used to secure the ends were these pretty black and white pins/tacks. Once the poster was up, I took a plain white piece of paper and placed it over the bottom right hand corner. I left extra space in that area when I created the poster for me to put the fabric mountains. I drew a very rough sketch (see below) of where I wanted mountain range. This was my pattern. I then cut out the mountain from the paper, pinned it to my fabric of choice, and then followed the template and cut out the mountains. I did the same thing for the mountain peaks, but only after the mountains were cut out.

Finally after everything was cut out, I glued the peaks to the tops of the mountains and then I glued the mountains to the poster (while it was on the wall). All I used was Elmers glue, but made sure that I spread it out with my finger. I didn't just put little dots.

That's it!! I am really happy with how it turned out!!

Many Blessings,

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