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02/21/05

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The Write Stuff - Part 3


Tips and Techniques
Finding Fonts
Hundreds of fonts are available on your computer through word processing programs or on the Internet. Browse through a few fonts before you make your choice. If your proverb is serious, consider an Anglican font, or choose a party font for a whimsical message. Once you've printed out your copy, there are several options for transferring your copy to your wall.

Use Graph Paper
When using shelves, consider working out the placement on graph paper before starting the project. Once the wall dimensions are drawn on the grid, determine where the shelves will be placed and sketch them in. Be sure that the shelves or photos are balanced to create a pleasing appearance. Mark the location of the items being attached to the wall with chalk. Complete the wall writing before attaching shelves or photos.

Make a Practice Board
The designers whom we have contacted all agree that it is easiest to prepare a practice board if possible. This helps to prevent making costly mistakes. Boards can be made out of inexpensive poster board, foam core, or cardboard. Paint the board with your wall color, then practice some of your letters. Acrylic paints are usually easiest to work with, or try a paint pen.

Chalk or PencilMore Tips and Techniques
Use Chalk or Pencil

For a guide to keep your copy straight, snap a chalk line, or use a carpenter's level and draw the line with a pencil. If you're using your own handwriting (see photo right), lightly write on the wall with a piece of chalk. A chalk pencil works best because it does not contain oils to repel paints. Once you have painted your copy, remove your pencil line with a kneadable eraser or wipe off any remaining chalk with a damp cloth.
Use a chalk pencil to rough-in
your own handwriting.

Overhead ProjectorUse an Overhead Projector

Although most of us will need to rent an overhead projector, it's worth the trouble. Take your design to a copy center and have a transparency made, which will usually cost less than a dollar. Slide the transparency under the projector, and your copy will display crisply on the wall (see photo, right). Then outline your letters with a pencil.

 

An overhead projector can be a
wise choice.

Graphite PaperTransfer Letters Using Graphite Paper
Transferring letters onto your wall with graphite paper (see photo, below right) may take some time. However, it is an easy process if you don't have many letters to copy. Simply slide a piece of graphite under your text and tape each page in place. Go over the letters with a stylus using a very light pressure and the graphite will transfer your type onto the wall. Remember to erase any stray lines with an eraser after you are done painting.
Graphite paper allows you to trace
letters onto the wall.

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