Ola! How are you today 🙂 I’m great. Why? Because I’m getting something off of my chest. Remember at Christmas when I Instagrammed that I got my heart’s true desire in the form of a Silhouette Cameo? Then remember months later, how I lamented that I was so scared of my new machine that I couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t even open the box?Well, I’m happy to say that after exactly five months of humming and hawing and being super fearful, I finally whipped out my Silhouette for this next project. I leaned how to make your own Typography Table!!
Today I’m going to show you Our New Typography Table using my Silhouette Cameo.
But it was in ROUGH shape. The top was all mottled and gouged and there was even a giant piece missing from the edge on one side. But it was only $3 and I KNEW I had everything on hand to turn it into a one-of-a-kind piece. So I really had nothing to lose … okay a loonie and a twoonie. Big whoop. 🙂
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make a Typography table of your very own!
- Silhouette Cameo (I just got the Starter Bundle as it’s much more economical)
- Black vinyl or vinyl in the colour of your choice
- Transfer Paper OR Glad Press’n’ Seal
- Spray Paint
- Furniture Wax
First things first, it got a good sand with our palm sander to take off the finish and remove some of the scratches. I was going for the overall distressed look, so I wasn’t overly concerned with the finish.
Then to my Silhouette to create my typography 🙂 My table top measured about 18″ by 44″. If you use a Silhouette Cameo, you’ll know that anything you cut needs to have at least one dimension that’s 13″ or less. So, my work around? I designed my typography width-wise into four separate files measuring 18″x 11″ – and I cut my vinyl into four strips measuring 18″x12″ just so I had some leeway.
I typed out my words in my Silhouette software. I used the same Arial font but stretched it, modified it, and bolded it differently for each location name. Basically just trial and error until I knew I had something I sort of liked. I stayed away from anything with a serif, though, because I wanted my typography to look like subway art – which is traditionally sans serif.
I’m not going to pretend to be a Silhouette expert, but basically I initiated the cut files and weeded out my vinyl pieces to leave my lettering behind. (Speaking of Silhouette experts, my pal Erica over at Dwell Beautiful is a bona fide Silhouette expert. You should see all the magic she creates!)
All you do is stick the sticky side of the Press and Seal onto the weeded vinyl and use the little spatula to really smoosh it down. Then, flip it over, pull the back off your contact paper and the letters will be stuck (in reverse) on your Press and Seal.
Then flip the Press and Seal onto your table (or art or whatever) and use the spatula again to stick the letters to your medium. Then peel up your Press and Seal and your letters will be stuck down in the right order.
If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can do the same thing by printing block letters onto sticker paper and then cutting them out carefully with an exacto knife. It’s time consuming, but should achieve similar results.
Speaking of coffee table – that’s a stack of some of my newly acquired design books. I feel like the combination of all of these titles embodies my style entirely. Funny how that happens 🙂
Have you ever created typography or subway artwork before? What about using vinyl on furniture? Or what about mixing your own plaster paint? (So many questions!)
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