Good morning everybody. I have news for you. I have done a project in black!! Yes I know, shocking isn’t it, I have let black enter my world of whites. And you know what, I love it!
I have followed the troops and made my own version of subway art/ bus art. I have loved seeing them all over blogland and meant to make one a long time ago. But it wasn’t until my rather recent trip to London that I came super-duper set on making my own version.
You see I was halfway on the lookout for some sort of vintage sign for my bedroom (still are for that matter) and hoped to find something fun and funky in London. Well I didn’t have any luck on the street markets we visited and I had given up hope to find something.
On the very last day when I had about an hour to lose before I had to go to the train station I wandered into a big department store and stumbled on a very hip and happening little boutique in there. They sold all kinds of new and vintage designer stuff and they had London Bus signs too. I was super happy and had my wallet in my hand in a flash when I realized they were asking several hundred pounds for one sign with only one destination on it.
Oops. Didn’t know how fast to put my money away again. And so I studied this real vintage bus signs some more. Gettng real up and personal on them. And then noticed that it was just a framed bit of paper!!!!
Right then the cute guy selling this stuff walked up to me, he must have seen my bewilderment, ‘but that is just a paper sheet in that frame!’ I stuttered. “yes, it is, and it is the real thing, you’ll find bus driver’s notes scribbled on the back” , “they are authenticated real vintage bus signs” the guy was beaming with pride.
“but that is just white print on black paper!” I truly couldn’t believe it. Until I came rolling out of that store again and almost walked straight under a real life London bus. And with being that close to it I could see that indeed those scrolls on the bus were paper (although now the lettering is neon yellow now).
Well I could feel a craft session coming on then, let me tell you!!
So I went for it and made myself my own London bus sign, albeit with a very sentimental text.
I choose our favorite holiday and getaway destinations we have visited together. This way it is a memory of some of our best vacations and most treasured times together.
I choose the Arial font in various variations (bold, narrow etc.) and mixed it all up (so Singapore, Seattle and Verona are now all on the same route ). I printed it on A3 paper (which is about the same as US ledger/tabloid paper) and then glued two sheets together. The frame was an oldie I found in our basement.
I seriously doubted whether to show you this here. I mean in blogland this isn’t exactly the most original project. But a thought that 1) outside of blogland this still is considered original, 2) copying is the highest form of flattering, and 3) I started this blog to journal my creative adventures and to encourage myself to try new things and this project fits that bill.
It is really amazing how long it is taking me to finish my bedroom makeover. Hopefully my summer vacation will give me the time and energy to get on with it already.
I love how my bus sign turned out. And I love even more how it looks in this spot. It has added a perfect touch to our bedroom. The black seems to ‘ground’ everything and adds just enough seriousness and manliness to the room preventing it from becoming too girly.
If you don’t know what I mean hover your mouse over the next picture. You’ll see it change to how it was when I had my paper wreath hanging there. I love that paper wreath, but as it turned out, my bedroom wasn’t the best place for it.
If you are reading this in your reader you’ll have to come over to the blog to see this effect. I really think it is amazing how replacing one bit of wall art can change the whole feeling of a room.
So what’ye think. Love it? Agree on the grounding of my bedroom? Can you see it, or am I exaggerating?
Love to hear your opinions ladies.
PS there are just a few spots available for guest posting here during my summer break. Shoot me an email if you are interested but do it fast because I am allotting the places later today.