Tuesday, 4 September 2012


I am so excited to share this art with you!  I have wanted to do this for so long.
I love this type of art!

I see them everywhere, and you can write anything that you like.

There are many ways that you can make this type of artwork.  I have seen them done by creating it on the computer and printing it out.  Stenciling it.  Free hand.  So many ways.

Of course, I chose the most time consuming one......lol
But so worth it, I think.

Take a look, and try one out.  You will love it.

My Kitchen

It goes perfectly in the corner of my kitchen.

These are subway stops in the city.


Get yourself a board the size that you want the art to be.  I had this 1/8inch board on hand and thought I would use this.  My board size is approx. 36 inches by 14 inches.   I used black acrylic paint.  One coat was enough for my board. 

I picked a font and a font size that I liked and printed the letters on plain old white paper.

Cut out all my letters that I needed.

Decide on spacing and measure and mark where you want to place the letters.
I used scotch tape to mark my line.  I did not want to mark the black paint.

I traced the letters on blank paper, and started cutting my little heart out. 
A lot of cutting!  But think of it as relaxing, and mindless.....lol

Podged the letters on.  I tried to evenly space them as best I could.  Continued on, and voila!  Done.
When I completed the whole thing, I put a layer of podge all over to seal it.  I used a matte finish.

My board is so thin that I could not screw in any hooks to hang it.  So I decided to put in these screws and I screwed it right to the wall.  I was going to paint them black to blend in with the background, but I think they look pretty cool the way they are.  So I left them.

So what do you guys think?

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  1. Cool, when I first saw subway art I didn't like it. It took time to grown on me, but I loves it now! Liking yours and it goes well with the other art you have on the wall! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    1. Thank you so much Cathy. My place is rather eclectic, and the subway art goes well with it, though I have seen it in more traditional spaces and can look really nice. So happy to attend your parties.

  2. Hi Angie, the subway art looks great in your kitchen! It blends in quite well with the rest of your wall art. I was checking out your blog since you visited me (Thanks!) and I love, love, love, the artwork you did in your hallway. (It has shades of purple!) That has inspired me to cover-up some pieces I have and do my own thing with acrylics. Stay tune!

  3. Thanks so much for visiting Gail, and thanks for the kind words about my subway art.
    I am so looking forward to your art masterpieces. Hug

  4. I would have never though of using paper for the letters! What a great idea!

  5. Thanks Crystell. Originally I wanted to trace the letters on the board and fill in with paint, but after trying it out, OMG it was not looking very even. So went to plan B. Cut the letters out. So easy and cheap too....

  6. I saw you sharing at Transformation Thursday and just had to check out your blog! All the names on your subway art are from my childhood...used to ride the subway from start to finish, Islington to Warden, when we were teens in the late 60s/early 70s, just for something to do. I know it now comes as far as Kipling in the west, which would have been much closer for us (not sure how far it goes in the east now). So nice to see another blogger from the TO area. I don't live in Toronto anymore, but go back often since my parents are still in Etobicoke.
    Oh, and I think you've done a great job on your kitchen! I'm now following you. (sorry, kinda got off track)
    Debbie :)

  7. Thanks so much! I am in North Toronto and have been here all my life.

  8. This is a great idea! It is so clean looking in comparison to the rough edge you can get with painting. It looks awesome!

  9. Thanks so much Erin. Yes, you are correct when I tried painting the letters, they did not look as neat as I wanted them to be. But, I also have seen them done with a more rustic feel, where the whole board and the letters were sanded down to give a weathered look.

  10. That came out great! What a fun project. I'm a new follower from the Sunday Social, and I'd love a visit back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com when you get the chance! :)

  11. Thanks so much Cassie! It was a very fun project. Just visited you and I am your newest follower. Your kids are the cutest! Love your blog.

  12. I love this project! I found your site through the sasse life sunday social. I am your newest follower. I hope you get an opportunity to stop by TheStuffofSuccess and say hello. Have a terrific week. Athena

  13. Thank you Athena, and thanks for following. I am on way to visit you.
    So glad to follow you.

  14. Wow! I have never seen the subway art done with the technique that you did but it is so "do-able" for those of us without stencil/vinyl machines (but computers and scissors!) Thanks for sharing the "how to"s with us.

  15. Thank you Miss Kitty. This subway art was so easy. A little time consuming cutting all the letters. But really easy. You can use any font, any size. Sky is the limit. Hugs