The temperatures in Richmond hit the triple digits this past weekend, so I hunkered down in the air conditioning and got crafty for the summer Pinterest challenge. I had “liked” this Julia Child quote a few months ago and wanted to create my own version of the poster for our kitchen.
I considered laying something out in InDesign and having it printed locally, but after a friend gave me a big stack of old Gourmet magazines, I decided to cut the letters out of food photos instead. I’m so glad I went the handmade route because I’m totally in love with it! Look at all those yummy food letters — my favorite is the strawberry-ice-cream B.
I did lay out the template for the project in InDesign — using two fonts I found through Pinterest, in fact! — Romeral for the actual quote and KG Eyes Wide Open for Julia Child’s name. Here are more details about what I did next:
magazines with great food photography
scissors and/or X-acto knife
11″ x 14″ sheet of thick white paper
straight edge (ruler or extra sheet of paper)
fine-tip, acid-free black marker
11″ x 14″ frame
Flip through the magazines to find photos with lots of great color and texture. (Try not to get terribly distracted by all the delicious recipes you want to make like I did.) You’ll need at least 40 photos to spell out this quote, if you don’t want to repeat any textures.
Print out the template (on two separate 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper, if necessary), and use it to carefully cut one letter out of each food photo with the scissors or X-acto knife. (I cut the outside edges with scissors, and then went back and got the center shapes with the X-acto.)
Using the glue stick, paste the first letter of the first row (the P) about 1.25″ from the top and 1″ from the left side of the paper. Next, glue the last letter of the first row (the E) about 1.25″ from the top and 1″ from the right side of the paper. (You can use a straight edge to make sure the bottoms of the letters are aligned before firmly securing them.) Now that the first and last letters are in place, it should be easier to evenly arrange and paste the letters in between. Continue this process for each row until the whole quote is glued down. (Leave a little less than .25″ between each row of letters.)
All that should be left of your template at this point is Julia Child’s name. Turn it into carbon paper by coloring the back of it with pencil. Place the name about 1″ below your food letters, trace the outlines, and remove the template to reveal pencil lines that should’ve transferred from the back of the paper. Finally, go over the pencil lines with the black marker and color them in.
Frame your finished poster if you like, and be inspired to cook, eat and entertain! We’re enjoying ours in the kitchen in a little space between the window and the fridge that had just been begging for a fun piece of art.
UPDATE: For anyone who’d rather just have this poster printed than do the DIY project, a full-color PDF download is available!
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