Thursday, November 10, 2011

{Tutorial} Thanksgiving Subway Art


I love creating Subway Art... there are lots of styles out there and after you do a few of your own, you kindof develop your own technique.  I just love switching out art like this in my home decor, so you can count on more art coming your way each month!  (So, if you aren't into designing your own and just like the convenience of printing and hanging... I've got ya covered.)  For those of you who want to give it a try - this post will cover a few basics to get you started.

TIP:  Before you start... make sure you have a sweet collection of fonts.  If you need help in that department, read THIS POST first. :)

1.  Brainstorm descriptive words you want to use and make a list
2.  Find some color inspiration!

For fellow Scrapbook Max users... I set my page settings to 8x10, 200 DPI and brought in 3 embellishments from one of my favorite Thankgsiving kits to give me some guidance with colors.


3.  Start moving your words and phrases into place and begin playing with your fonts. 

TIP:  Use all caps for some lines, lower case for others.  Mixing, matching and adding a bit of randomness to your design will help it turn out more visually appealing.

Scrapbook MAX users... I used the "caption" function with each phrase so I had the ability to stretch and manipulate each line as needed.


Now... it's a bit harder than it looks.  I changed fonts for each line about 100 times until I loved it.  So, give yourself some time to play around and don't expect it to come together immediately!


4.  Once you have all of your phrases in place and you are mostly happy with your fonts... start playing with your colors!  In my opinion, the colors you use are every bit as important as the words you choose and the fonts you display them in.  My subway art is displayed on my family room mantle, so it becomes the inspiration behind my decorating.

Scrapbook Max users... To choose custom colors for your words, when you have your text box properties open, in the color drop down menu select "more colors" and your mouse will turn into a little medicine dropper.  Simply move the dropper to pick up the color you want.  For example, on my "Family & Friends" I moved the dropper to the red stripe on my inspiration paper to pick up a perfect match.  Cool, huh!!


5.  After I finished working with my colors, I added a muted background to finish it off!

I hope that inspires you to give it a try!   It's a fun for me to design and is the mommy-therapy I need to stay sane during these busy days with little ones. If you'd like to see the finished product...

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6 comments:

RuthAnne said...

Thanks for another great tutorial! I can't wait to try it out!

Jacque said...

Thanks for the "tute" How do you organize your digital scrap kits? I have some files but am starting over, my laptop screen broke "eraser+slamming closed by 7 year old = broken LCD screen= $500 doorstop :(" so I'm starting over and want to get more organized. Thanks Jacque

Colette said...

Jacque... I keep my kits together by designer. I also print off a 5x5 version of the thumbnail image so I have a nice flip card stack to browse through when I start a new project. Sorry to hear about your laptop!!

Lacie said...

Ok, you make this look so easy. Thank you for the great tutorial. I appreciative all your time and work :-) so, with that being said, I love all your subway art and would much rather buy yours all ready to go. I can't seem to find time to make it to my computer. Thank you so much Colette!

Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Vincent Mesecher said...

Wow! It's cool how computers can help make artworks even better. They look lovely and creative. I'm sure they looked amazing when you printed them out. One more thing, your tutorials are easy to follow.