Word For The Year Art

Yesterday I posted about my Word For The Year.  I chose “Move” to be the driving force behind my goals and attitude this year.

And, since I am inspired by words and art, I love to make things and I wanted to truly test out my new Silhouette Cameo, I decided to make a little inspirational art for my craft area.  I wanted to highlight my word (to remind me to get my booty in gear) and also include the song lyrics that inspired me.

First, I used Silhouette Studio to create my design.

This was my first time cutting vinyl and it took a few tries to get it right.  First thing I learned, don’t use the cutting mat.  I stuck the paper backed adhesive vinyl to the sticky mat and when I attempted to pull it up and reposition it the paper backing shredded.  It took me 45 minutes to scrape all of the paper scraps off my cutting mat.

A quick internet search told me what I wish I already had known: Vinyl can be fed directly into the Cameo.  No cutting mat needed.  If you’ve been using a Silhouette for a while you’re probably saying a big “Duh!” right now.

I painted my canvas a charcoal gray that I mixed myself from white and black acrylic paint.  I wanted the words to be white and orange so I carefully picked out the insides of the letters from my cut vinyl design.  I wanted super skinny letters.


Second thing I learned: Don’t use super skinny letters.  It takes forever to pick them all out.  Even with that Silhouette hook tool.  I love the way my letters turned out, so for me it was worth the time.  But I might not ever choose that font again.  I also loved the effect of removing the centers of letters like O, R and A to create some thick looking letters.

Next I pressed the transfer paper over the vinyl and removed the paper backing from the vinyl.  Then it was ready to apply to the canvas.  I had the pieces laid roughly where I wanted them so I could be careful of spacing.  I pressed the vinyl firmly onto the canvas, being careful not to stretch the canvas.  Then I scraped the bubbles out with an old gift card.  They say to use the Silhouette scraper, but I don’t like spending money on things I can fashion out of garbage.

Here’s the canvas with the design at various stages.

After the vinyl was securely stuck to the canvas I peeled the transfer paper off and sponged on the paint colors.  I used 3 coats for the orange lettering and two for the white.  When the paint was dry I used the Silhouette hook to remove the vinyl, revealing my lettering.

Because it was on a bumpy canvas the lines weren’t as crisp as they could have been.  But I like them the way they are. Kind of hazy, like a fuzzy television.

Here is the finished product:





Time to get up and move now.

2012 Word For The Year

I’ve been hearing a lot of bloggers lately talking about their “One Word” for the year.  One word that describes the focus you want to have in 2012.  Ann Voskamp has done this for a while.  She had a year of “eucharisteo”, a year of “yes” and a year of “here”.  Other bloggers have chosen “balance”, “choose” or “courage”.

I’ve been thinking over my plans for the year.  I’ve set some goals and have others forming themselves slowly.  It all seems to come down to this: What I want to accomplish seems big.  Huge.  Impossible even.  I am scared by my own nerve.  I am choosing to do things this year that I’ve always wanted to do but never had the guts to try. (This thing is big.  Too big to share here just yet.  There will be more to come.)

When I think about it as a whole I freeze, which is what I’ve done for years.  I say I have this dream or that dream, but I don’t ever act on them.  I just dream.  Then I watch Modern Family while I fold laundry.  I do the easy, daily, has-to-get-done stuff that comes with being a mom.  But I don’t do the stuff that makes me come alive – the stuff that expresses who I have been created to be.  I thought to myself over Christmas Break this year, “Just do it, Heidi.  Be brave.”  I kind of yelled it at myself in my head, the way a really good football coach would – like Denzel Washington on Remember the Titans.

And inside I instantly felt free.  And excited.  And afraid.  And a little like throwing up.

I know that Nike phrase is cliche.  But there is a reason it stuck around.  We need to hear it.  It’s simple.  Most of us don’t do stuff that’s hard or scary or requires effort.  At least, I don’t.  I’m really good at being stuck in a rut.  I set up camp and stay for the long haul.  I talk big about things I’d love to do or see or create, but I don’t ever “Just Do It”.

So my word for the year is:

I’ve been reading a book called “The War Of Art” by Steven Pressfield that talks about how those who venture to make their living by being creative are so often found not doing what they love because Resistance blocks us.  Resistance can come in many forms, but it is driven and fed by fear.  Fear of failure.  Fear of success.  Fear of being too tied down.  Fear of being left alone.  We are afraid of whatever results may come and so we just don’t create.  We check Facebook.  We get an office job.  We fold another load of laundry.  We “need to prepare more” or “have so much on our plate” or “need to wait for inspiration”.  In other words, we make excuses.

And do you know how we overcome Resistance.  We get up and do our jobs.  Whatever that may be.  We write.  We paint.  We play.  We create.  Whatever we must do, we do it.  Whether we are inspired or not.  Whether we feel like it or not.  Inspiration will come and when it does you better have that brush in your hand or your fingers on that keyboard so you’ll be ready for it.

I have dreamed for a long time from inside the safe confines of my motherhood roles.  I have a lot of “somedays” on my list.  Someday I’ll travel.  Someday I’ll write for real.  Someday I’ll read this or go there or make that.  Well, today is someday and I’m going to do it now.

Switchfoot has a great song called “Dare You To Move” and it’s sort of become my theme song for the year.  I love these lyrics:

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next

Welcome to the fallout
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

So this year I will say to my creative self, my dreamer, “Welcome to existence.  What happens next?”

And I will ignore the fear.

I will overcome resistance.

I will do what I dream to do.

I will not be timid or lazy or safe.

I will move.

Just do it.

If you’d like more information on Switchfoot songs, albums or tour dates you can visit their website Switchfoot.com.  And just my two cents, their new album “Vice Verses” is freakin’ awesome.

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