Somewhere a while back I was looking for some craft room inspiration and I found a bunch of links to other people’s create spaces.  I wish I could remember specifically who it was, but one of the ladies had worked with her husband to turn their garage into an amazing workshop.  Above the door was a sign that said CREATE in bold black letters with a different primary color behind each letter, all mounted on wood.  She said she saw it in a shop and just had to have it for her new space.  Well, I started out planning to recreate that, but then I got sidetracked, yet again, by my paper addiction.  I collaged various papers onto each 9″ chipboard letter and sealed them with Golden matte gel.

This blue paper (and also the flowers in the middle of the “E”) is from a few 6×6 pages designed by Christy Tomlinson.  I love the “she knew she could” message.

I was incredibly happy with the letters, but the 12×36 canvas looked so dull in white…

… so I jazzed it up a bit.  (I used Blick Violet Deep matte acrylic, Golden Ultramarine Violet, Carbon Black, and Cerulean Blue Deep fluid acrylics.)

I adhered the letters to the dry canvas with E6000, which has so many precautions listed on the back that I opened all the windows and barred my daughter from the room.  Still, when I lifted the canvas, it was heavy and one of the letters came off.  Urgh.  So I set about “mod podging” as many of the gaps as I could, going around each of the letters to seal them down.

Well, it seemed like a good idea to me since it dries clear, but I could still see it and it would drive me crazy if I looked at this sign multiple times a day and only saw it’s flaws, so I covered the entire thing with another coat of Mod Podge matte and let it dry.  Ta da!

Before and after:

Tell me… If I made a few gold, white, red, and green ones that say “JOY,” would you be interested in purchasing one for your holiday decorations? I hope so because I kind of already started…

What other words would you be interested in?

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24 Responses to CREATE

  1. Sarah Huizenga says:

    The letters and word turned out wonderfully. I have Create, Inspire and Dream stenciled in my art room, but I love the idea of the letters, make it so colorful and fun.

  2. christina says:

    wow! it looks super–you are so CREATE-tive 😉 as always my dear friend, you amaze me and i love you all the more! (and secretly i covet your craft space since my area was usurped by a computer-music space)

  3. Debbie says:

    I love your CREATE sign…maybe one of those is just what my sewing room needs…

  4. Eydie says:


    You continue to amaze me.
    I love your CREATE. I love your JOY. I can see a whole new section in your Etsy shop filled with inspiring and uplifting words.

    I am hopping back over to your previous posting to leave a LOVE comment. I can’t begin to tell you how much the painting you made for me, means to me. It is so special ~ in so many ways.

    I cherish our friendship. YOU are an incredible inspiration for me.

  5. Cathy H. says:

    I love the way this turned out!! You are an amazing, creative artist!

  6. Naomi says:

    Oh it’s really a couple shelves and I take over the desk sometimes. You can do that!! I always clean it up before you know who comes home from school.

  7. kelly says:

    omg. LOVING those letters! i too am a patterned paper fanatic.:) beautiful!!

  8. Naomi says:

    Thank you for your continual fount of kindness, my friend.

  9. Naomi says:

    Oh dear… I don’t know about that. 🙂 I just love the papers and the collage effect. But thank you, Cathy.

  10. Naomi says:

    Takes one to know one, as they say. 🙂

  11. Colleen Ray says:

    Love this idea….some day when I’m back in my house I’ll try it for my studio. Thanks for sharing your work.

  12. These are so cute…for me I would like the sayings that I could use all year round and that are inspiring for creativity.

  13. Becs says:

    Beautiful. Love this, the collage is gorgeous and love the background too.

  14. erin says:

    This is fantastic! I love love love it and it looks perfect above the door. I would love one for Hanukkah, Shine? Miracle? Glow? In blues and silvers. Seriously, craft me one up for my mantle!

  15. oh joy!
    yes, i’d love that
    and I really, really adore your big CREATE!
    words and art artfully swirled together….swoon:)
    peace and passion to you
    in your creating,

  16. Naomi says:

    Thank you for your encouragement… again! I just put four JOY canvases in my ETSY shop. Here’s hoping. 🙂

  17. Naomi says:

    I am working on this… I have some papers and just need to get a couple more and then the canvas. It will be for next year. Fun fun fun!!!!!

  18. Naomi says:

    Great idea, Laurie. I have plans to make some that say JOURNEY, SOAR, TRUST, DREAM… and the list goes on and on! I just need time…

  19. Naomi says:

    I’m happy to inspire you in any way!

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