- Miss Rosey
- 9 years ago
I just finished another DIY project for my wedding. I wanted to share with you so it will be easier for you if you do it! I bought my aisle runner on Save-on-crafts.com for cheap (100 ft poly linen aisle runner for $13.99). Now ladies, you get what you pay for! The material of this aisle runner is not even close to linen! It is very plastic-y (is that a word?). The material is hard to paint on, so if you were planning on doing this project I would get a different material.
I then typed our names on my home computer using Apple Pages (Microsoft word would also work). I downloaded the Edwardian script font for free online. I printed each of our names on a separate 8×11.5” paper. I then printed the ampersand (aka: &) on its own paper.
I conveniently have glass tables in my house so the next step wasn’t as difficult for me. I put the printed names and ampersand on the top of the glass. I then put the section of the aisle runner over the paper. I put a gooseneck lamp under the table, turned the lamp on, and then positioned the names appropriately underneath the aisle runner.
The next step was to start tracing the outline of the names. This is very tedious! Make sure you have adequate lighting, and don’t have a big rottweiler running around you while you are trying to concentrate! Once the entire outline tracing is done, you are ready for the next and final step.
I went to my local Michaels on my lunch break and bought the first black paint pen I could find. It happened to be an Elmer’s brand “Painters opaque paint marker” in the fine tip. Ladies….don’t buy this paint for this project! The paint isn’t the right consistency for the material. It doesn’t go on smooth around lines, and it dries like finger paint! (Maybe the fact that it is Elmer’s should have clued me in, but I was in a rush….) The next day I went to AC Moore to buy a different black paint pen with a finer tip (so I could add definition to the previous work). I ended up with the “DecoColor Opaque paint marker” in fine line (yea they were mixed up so I grabbed the wrong size!). It didn’t matter that it was the wrong size though, because this pen is CRAP! It was basically erasing the other black paint. I stopped using it, and just used the Elmer’s pen to finish up. I am probably making a big deal out of it, because I know that I am the only one who will have her face 6 inches away from the aisle runner lol. I wasn’t 100% happy with the results up close, but from far away I think it came out good. (ps…I wanted to add a flourish to jazz up the aisle runner but my fiancé didn’t like it)