Why not? Go ahead, write on your walls!

Someone on Facebook asked me about the writing on my walls.  Since I did such a crappy job of moving pictures to this blog from “that” blog . . . here are some new pictures of my “oldish” walls.  Funny, I just had the wall paint matched.  Some time after New Year’s, I’m going to paint over the current walls and write some new stuff.
In the meantime, if this is something you’ve been thinking about, do it!  And, if you’re going to do it, vary your quotes between funny, profound, simply stupid and things that make people “go hmmm.”  We have had more great conversations with friends, family, strangers and even people who visit here sometimes who don’t like us all that much based on the words on the walls.  It’s worth the effort.  Really.  I promise.  (The picture here says Stultus est sicut stultus facit.  In other words, Stupid is as stupid does.  See how much fun you can have?)
Some of our quotes are classic and profound. Some are family jokes.  Song lyrics are good.  We are nerds, so there’s nothing like a modern phrase turned Latin.  Others are things we picked up while I was in the midst of painting.  The older boys were watching Anthony Bourdain one night as I was working on the words when  an old surfer said “Everything’s OK, until it isn’t.”  Really?  How could I not write that on the wall???  It’s true.  It’s succinct.  And it fit (grin). Really, though, you’re the one living with these words.  If they don’t make you smile in theory, they’re not going to make you smile when they’re 48 Pts high on your wall. 
How do I do it???  I find a font I like, in a size I like (go big for walls), and I set up my printer to go landscape (rather than portrait).  Print out your quotes.  Then, on the “bad” side of what you’ve printed, outline your letters with a (frequently sharpened) charcoal pencil.  Place the charcoal side of the paper against the wall where you want it and rub it with the side of your hand or the spine of a sturdy book.  You should end up with an outline of the words.
This time I used a stencil brush and stencil paint to fill in the words.  In the past, I’ve used acrylic paint and a thin brush with good results.   When the paint is dry, just wash over it with a wet paper towel to remove any charcoal.   (This picture is what is right above my computer screen.  I love the quote “A boy’s best friend is his mother.”  It’s from Psycho.)
I hope someone finds this useful.  If not, I have it all written down here for when I start with new quotes in 2011!
This picture is my favorite quote ever, courtesy of my friend, Julie.  “I’m not much but I’m all I think about.”  It’s so true, all the time, for all of us.  Like my entryway quote of “There’s no place like home.”  “I’m not much but I’m all I think about” will always be on one of my walls.

5 thoughts on “Why not? Go ahead, write on your walls!

  1. Wow! Thanks for the “how to!” I've wanted to copy your written on walls for a long time but never did because I don't have pretty handwriting (I assumed that you did yours freehand.) Now that I have the secret…

  2. Thanks, Amy! And thanks for including the “how to”! I'm looking forward to repainting some rooms this winter and have wanted to include quotes for the longest time. This is great.

  3. Ahhh Melora – I should send you a handwritten note so you can know how wrong you are – my handwriting goes beyond atrocious. Heck, I could be a doctor. 😉

    I want to see pictures from both of you when you're finished!

  4. Yay! I am so glad you posted the how to again, because I have wanted to do this for sometime and started thinking about emailing you last week for the instructions. :o)

  5. I got half way around our school room when the foster kids showed up. What I Have done, I like very much, thank you! (And if they ever Leave and I get to Finish, I will post pictures!)

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