This project is a great way to commemorate a favorite song. I love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for their high energy and punk influence; especially their song Maps! Maps is like a love song for realists and every time I hear it the song stays in my head.
For this project I chose to make the work on fabric because I had an iron on that I wanted to use. You could just work directly on canvas and collage elements on if you aren't into working with fabrics.
Now every time I go to my desk I'm reminded of one of my favorite tunes! And I have a new work to add to the graffiti feel I have going in the living room. A canvas like this would be such a cool Valentine's gift, you could commemorate your partner's favorite song.
muslin or an old t shirt
iron on patch
hot glue and glue gun
This canvas is so easy to make and comes together really quick. If you decide to try this project I would love it if you would share the photo in the comments. Make one or create a collection!
Lay the fabric on a table and put the canvas on top. Cut around the canvas, leaving about an extra inch and a half to two inches on all sides.
Press the fabric to get all those pesky wrinkles out.
Iron on the patch first and then write the lettering. I did mine the other way around so some of the letters were covered up. Add any major embellishments in this step.
Write the lyrics onto the fabric with a sharpie. I choose simple letters with arrows attached. If you are unsure how to letter than you can use stencils or look online for ideas. When in doubt keep the lettering simple with just a small element that makes it decorative and cohesive. Or use messy lettering on purpose to make it illegible. When writing on fabric sometimes the fabric warps a little under the pressure of the marker. It can help to use your non-dominant hand to hold the fabric taut while you are writing. Go back over the lettering with different colors, add shading or outline certain details to make the letters pop.
Add any last minute embellishments to the fabric.
Glue the fabric onto the canvas. To do so, place the fabric right side down on a table, center the canvas on the fabric and wrap the fabric edges around. Use the glue gun to apply glue in small sections and carefully press the fabric along the back edges as you go. Be careful because hot glue is...well...hot@!
And there you have a graffiti canvas to give or keep for yourself!