While browsing through Cost Plus World Market a few weeks ago, trying desperately to use my $10-off coupon (before it expired at the end of that day), a bright yellow metal sign caught my attention. It reads: "Life is a process and your participation is required. Life – just show up."
Needless to say, it found its way home with me. As I hung the sign up on the wall, I decided to use it as inspiration for my next art project.
Using the colors of the metal sign, I painted the "D" (which is 9" tall x 6" wide, made from white MDF board) with yellow acrylic paint. I traced the outline of the letter onto an orangy small-flowered pattern paper, then cut it slightly inside the lines.
I inked the edges, and applied the paper to the letter with Mod Podge. When completely dry, I stamped flourishes on the "D" with black Staz-on ink.
Then I tore and Mod-podged contrasting paper, and stamped a sentiment with brown ink. Although it is difficult to tell from these photos, using just a little white paint and quick, short strokes, I added a distressed look to the paper.
Life got busy, so I had to put the completion of this project on hold. A week later, I found a $1 stamp at Michael's with the word "Life", and remembering the inspiration sign, I thought this would complement my initial wall art nicely. After stamping the "Life" image on the wood initial, I put one final coat of Mod Podge on it.
I finished the project by gluing on several different textures and colors of ribbon (including ric-rac and toile) and a button.
Life. It's a Process. Just show up.