Kitchen Quote Art

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:

materials

magazines with great food photography
scissors and/or X-acto knife
template (PDF)
11″ x 14″ sheet of thick white paper
straight edge (ruler or extra sheet of paper)
glue stick
pencil
fine-tip, acid-free black marker
11″ x 14″ frame

directions

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.

Big thanks to Sherry, Katie, Kate and Michelle for hosting this Pinterest challenge so I could get this idea out of my head and onto our wall. I can’t wait to check out all the other projects!

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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26 Comments to “Kitchen Quote Art”

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    Leah Cadray 23 July 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Hi, I purchased from you a little while ago, and have just now sent off the poster to be printed (from Staples). They are saying the file is very low resolution. Do you mind emailing me a high resolution file (so the image won’t be grainy when I get it printed)? Thank you

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    Madeline 8 May 2014 at 5:33 PM

    How do I print this out to the correct size?

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    Elysia Brennan 4 December 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Hi Mollee! I just bought the PDF file from you a couple weeks ago. The sellfy page did not load a PDF though, so I am unable to download anything. Can you direct email me the file? Thanks.

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    Jessibeth Viera 15 April 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I love this idea so much I did it and post it on my blog. I link back to you of course. Really love my new decor on my kitchen. Thanks!! :)

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      Mollee 16 April 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Hi Jetza! Thanks for letting me know you tried the project, and for sharing it on your blog. It’s pretty cool seeing a tutorial for my poster en Español. :)

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    Kristy 25 March 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I love this! I would love to buy one as I’m not that crafty. Would you consider replicating and selling?

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    Danielle 25 September 2012 at 9:40 AM

    i am in love with this. amazing!

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    Laura Broder 9 September 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I’ve just finished my own version. Thank you for the inspiration!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7806223@N04/7963427040

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      Mollee 9 September 2012 at 7:07 PM

      You’re most welcome, Laura! Thanks for letting me know you made it. It looks awesome!

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    Gina 12 August 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Fabulous!! And what patience you have to cut all those out. I have a friend with a Silhouette so I would cheat :)

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    Jen 10 August 2012 at 6:06 AM

    Just beautiful! Will file this away for a future art project. Thanks much

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    Trista 9 August 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Love this! I’m going to do this exact thing. Just moved in to our house, so I’m looking for some great and inexpensive ways to decorate! Thanks for sharing!

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    pamela 7 August 2012 at 11:27 PM

    love it!

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    yours truly, melissa 21 July 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Turned out great! I really may have to try this out sometime if I ever muster up the movitvation and patience.

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    Sheryn 16 July 2012 at 3:41 AM

    I absolutely love it! Well done, you! :)

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    michelle@decorandthedog 10 July 2012 at 10:28 PM

    So fun!! Great quote too!

  18. avatar
    Tim Vidra 10 July 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Very cool Mollee! Crafty as always.

  19. avatar
    Tracie 10 July 2012 at 4:32 PM

    That’s awesome! I love using actual cut out letters.

  20. avatar
    Whitney 10 July 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I just found your blog through YHL. I love your project! One of my favorite aspects is that from far away you just see a nice blend of color and texture. Then when you get close you can see the food! Beautiful job :)

  21. avatar
    Erin 10 July 2012 at 2:48 PM

    This is so pretty! I love that you used the food images to make the letters. Perfect quote choice, too–that Julia Child was a smart one. ;)

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    Andrea 10 July 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Very cool idea to use food as the letters.


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