DIY PRADA MARFA SIGN.

Screen-Shot-2013-05-21-at-9.11.33-AMIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll now how much I love Gossip Girl. If you watched the show, then you’ll also know that in her apartment on the Upper East Side, It-Girl in chief Serena Van Der Woodsen has this stunning Prada Marfa canvas. After doing some snooping, I found the piece for sale by the artist, Elmgreen and Dragset, on Art.com for $430. Take a sec to imagine how much makeup $430 can buy. So, after doing a bit of searching on some décor blogs, I figured I could make my own for under $50.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

Canvas (I used a 30 x 40 like the original, but you can use whatever size you want)

Black Acrylic Paint

Paintbrush (If you’re buying a brush, I found the Filbert brush to work the best.)

Painter’s Tape

Black Permanent Marker

Photo Editing Software (Adobe Reader and Photoshop)

I first found a photo of the artwork online here and copied and pasted it into a photoshop file, which should have the same dimensions as your canvas. After cutting the sides down and stretching it to fit the background, I saved the file as a PDF file. Next, I opened the file using Adobe Reader to print it to scale. This took some trial and error, but I found that if you set the dimensions to the size of your canvas and set the print setting to “Tile” for a large poster, the lettering is spaced out over around 7 pages to scale.

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sign 2After cutting those with an exact-o knife, I spaced them out and taped them onto the canvas, making sure they were leveled correctly with a ruler. Next, I traced the letters and numbers onto the canvas lightly. I can’t stress this enough; paint is much easier to erase than pencil on blank canvas.

pencilWhen that was done, I removed the stencils and traced over them with permanent marker. Make sure everything’s clean; you want straight lines and even edges all the way through.

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pentooAfter that, all that was left was to fill them in with black acrylic paint. Because it’s water-based, it helps to wet your brush and wet the paint a bit before you start to thin it out; start with thin layers of paint and then build them up until it looks jet-black. If you make any mistakes, just grab a paper towel, wet it, and rub away any stray paint marks carefully. It helps to wrap the wet paper towel around your index finger and almost “scratch” away the paint lightly. After all that is done, wait for it to dry and you’re done! Serena’s chic Prada sign, simples.

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FRIDAY FIXER: DIY LIP SCRUB

Today’s Friday Fixer is based on a recipe I read on Essie-Button’s blog a while back for a do-it-yourself summer scrub. Lip scrubs tend to be pricey for what they are; no one really wants to pay upwards of twenty dollars for a little jar of flavored sugar. After trialling this one a few times, I’ve finally figured out the measurements for the perfect five-minute lip exfoliator.

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I’m using some virgin coconut oil I found at home by Nature’s Miracle, but you can get a jar at just about any supermarket or specialty health store like Whole Foods. The honey is standard Tupelo honey; whatever you have at home works fine. Lastly, I’ve added brown sugar as an exfoliator to ensure maximum scrubbiness.

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

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1. Add 1/4 cup of the brown sugar to a mixing bowl. DSC_00972.  Melt your coconut oil in a small bowl and add it to the brown sugar.DSC_01503. Add two about two tablespoons of honey. Don’t stress too much; just eyeball this part.
 5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and mix well.

6. Your scrub should now look something like this!DSC_02307. Transfer to a storage container to keep in your bathroom. DSC_02638. Give it a label and you’re good to go! Simples.

So there you have it! Friday Fixer #1. Enjoy :)

Check out the original scrub on Estée’s blog here.