How To Make a Type Mural With a Printer

How To Make a Type Mural With a Printer

Chris Perez
Jun 20, 2012

A typeface mural is a simple decorative element that can really make a statement in your home. You don't need to wait to stumble upon a piece that is just right for you, though. You can make one for your own home overnight using your printer.

We came across this DIY, from Claire Zinnecker over at CamilleStyles, and loved how simple and easy the project was. Simply pick up a piece of MDF board at your local home supply store and a make a letter graphic of the same size. Print the graphic at home or at a local print shop, then simply adhere the piece over the MDF with adhesive. Done and done.

Want something more than this clean printed look? Here's another idea, from HousePoint0. You could print out the letters on your home printer onto adhesive backed sheets such as frisket paper. Cut out the stencils with an X-acto knife and overlay the sheets onto your medium, such as a primed and coated canvas.

With the stencils arranged, you can paint your message on with oils, acrylics, or watercolor — maybe even give that ombre technique that's all the rage a try. When the paint is dried, simply remove the frisket paper and, voila, your own personal masterpiece.

Don't feel limited to just words. Try mixing in graphics and photos to realize your vision. You can also get creative and try either of these techniques on other materials too — wood paneling, old cabinet doors, and even glass panes.

For more on these techniques, check out the following links:
Graphic Signage on Print: CamilleStyles
Painted Mural with Printed Stencils: HousePoint0

(Images: 1,2: Camille Styles 3,4: Chris Perez)

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