Sunday, June 13, 2010

Free Font Art

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I got the idea for this project after seeing something similar in the Pottery Barn catalog.  Find different fonts, type out the alphabet, and frame - It couldn't be any easier and I already had all the supplies on hand so it was completely free.
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The first step is to determine what fonts you want to use and what size your print will be.  If you are looking for interesting, free fonts try dafont and Free Scrapbook Fonts from Kevin & Amanda (The font I use for my post titles and on my sidebar came from their site).
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The frames I used have a 5" x 7" opening.  Using MS Word, I changed the layout size to 5" x 7" so that my letters would fit in my frames.  Then I played around with different fonts and sizes until I had three that I liked.
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Then I printed out the fonts on white paper to test the sizes and make sure they looked OK in the mats.
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Once I was happy with the size and spacing I printed to my final paper - an olive green card stock.
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I framed them up and now they are hanging in my home office.
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***Fonts, L to R:  dear joe 4, Vineta BT, AR Bonnie.  I can't remember which site I used to download these fonts, but I'm pretty sure all three came from dafont.
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I'm pretty sure it took me longer to write this blog post than it did to make my free font art! 
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I'm linking up to these great parties:
Making the World Cuter Monday, Modern Craftswoman Monday @ Tools are for Woman Too, Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple, Toot Your Horn Tuesdays @ Silly Little Sparrow, Get Your Craft on Tuesday @ Today's Creative Blog, Show and Tell Day @ Blue Cricket Design, Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic, Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous, SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors, We Can Do it Cheaper @ The Virginia House.

57 comments:

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

That looks fantastic! I love the frames you used! Fun Project!

Michelle Palmer said...

Great idea! Yours look wonderful~
Thank you for sharing the links, too!
Hope your day is sunny and sweet...

StepThruCrazy said...

Love it!

Jess said...

Those look so pretty!

the thrifty ba said...

how perfect!

kim said...

Those look great. Thanks for the idea.

Raye Marie said...

Fantastic idea, They look very upscale. Can you tell us what fonts you used? I love the middle one. Thanks for your inspiration!

Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

Girl! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Such a simple project, yet so mature and pretty! I love it - thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us! Question: where are your frames from?
p.s. I'm surprised you chose green paper ;)

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Love!

Nouveau Stitch said...

Every day I see a lot of projects in my reader that cause me to say "meh." But this one, MARVELOUS! What a simple concept that makes a bold statement. It could also be the basis of a nursery design....hmmm. Love it!!

Ellen

Diane@InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Alissa-

I love fonts and anything to to with type. I love what you did and all on your very own computer. The gorgeous green color against the silver frames looks so modern and fresh. terrific!!!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Just found your blog through Savvy Southern Style and am your newest follower. This is a great project...I love FREE! I'd like you to share this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Hope you can join our party! Rory

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

this is a really great idea because it's so ingenious and yet simple, too! mac has some really great fonts, too, so i'll have to try this out. thanks for sharing, alissa!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

What a great idea! I have been wanting to print up an eye chart, I might just have to try it!

One Life Many Journeys said...

Very clever idea! I like it....and you don't get any better than free!

Kiki said...

That is such an amazingly cool and simple idea!
& I LOVE IT!!!

I so love fonts ... especially the Edwardian or French Script types. (hehe types!)

I'll definitely be doing this. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

Bisous,
Kiki

Rustique Gal said...

Oh, these are so fun! I love fonts and have been playing with them since high school-in one form or another! Very pretty on green...Sherry

Pam said...

This wall art looks very polished. The price is definitely right too and this is a great project all of us can do with just a few simple things; those are the best kind of projects. Found you thru Sam @ Mom. Undecided. Following you now...Pam @ Sallygoodin

lisaroy said...

such a simple but fab idea! I love the green!

lorenabr said...

Love it simple idea with a great impact :)

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Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You are awesome - I can't wait to read more of your blog!

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

Who would had thought this would look so good. It was you of course. I love you simple but classic artwork here. I think it work very well due to the green background. Great Job.
Traci

gina said...

LOVE this idea!!

Ashley said...

Very cute. I love Dafont as well! They have so many cute fonts and endless possibilities.

come link up with me too!

www.ashleyrussell726.blogspot.com
-ashley =)

Elaine said...

I love that. What a clever idea. Might have to borrow it:) Great job.

teresa-bug said...

Love this....and might just have to do it.

sydney @ memorable minutes said...

what a great simple idea. you've found a new follower

britni @ Antika Moda said...

Really cool idea! That is SO pottery barn, love it :)

Haverford House said...

Love this project! Looks great with the green background! ~Marcy

Kristen {a little ditty} said...

Great idea Beege! Love how they look. Can't wait to see a full study reveal later this week :)

alicia said...

Love this! What a beautiful piece of art. Btw, I'm a new follower over here.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

I'm so glad you were able to join the party! I hope you'll be able to visit Modern Craftswoman Monday again next week with more of your wonderful projects! Thanks, Rory

Anonymous said...

How did you ever decide to choose green??
Absolutley fabulous!!
M

Michelle said...

Great job! Such a fun project. I was looking for alphabet pictures for my kids a while back and everthing just wasn't what I was looking for so I did the same thing, just decided to make my own. I love the way the turned out even better than anything I had seen in the store. New follower from Twee Poppets-

stephie hicks said...

Love this!

Jen said...

I say...Your stuff just keeps getting better and better! Love it too!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Alissa, do you think this artwork in our house would motivate all my girls to become Optometrist's? I love letters, this is a great idea. Nothing like getting the pottery barn look for a steal!
Dana

Kimberly said...

That is an absolutely brilliant stroke of genius! I'm totally doing this in my office.

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Cute, clever, and definitely affordable!

Stopping by from Tuesday Tag Along! :) I'm a new follower, and would love for you to stop by craftsandsutch.blogspot.com to take a peek at what I've been up to.

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Erin :)

Erin Wallace said...

You have a fantastic blog - love it!

Following from TTA - hope to see you at Dropped Stitches!

xo Erin

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I love this. Here is a stupid question - when you changed the format in MS Word to 5x7, how did you do that? Also, I love that beach chair on your desk! Any idea where I can purchase it?

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

Would love it if you would join me for my 2nd linky party tonight!!

http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/2010/06/pajama-party-2.html

~Ela

Ott, A. said...

Just stoppin' by from TTA to say hi and thanks for linking up to the party. I was really surprised to be the hostess today, I hope you found lots of new blogs and followers. Happy blogging!!!!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a fun project!! I'm taking some graphic design classes this summer and have access to some super cute fonts. I will definitely be making some of these framed prints!

wishful nals said...

how fun, thanks for sharing! xo!

Lisa said...

Fabulous!! I just love this idea. What could be better than quick, easy AND beautiful? They look amazing with your whole desk setup.
Thanks for dropping by today.
Lisa

Kim said...

Love the simplicity of this. Thanks for the idea.

Team Carroll said...

WOW! Such a simple project that makes such a BIG statement! I LOVE this! SUCH a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

What a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing. :)

CRAZYMOM said...

This is so great! I am a font-a-holic, so I could change it up often for that price. Thanks for the idea!

Katie said...

What a great idea! Just what my husband's office needs! Very frugal...just up my alley.

Cap Creations said...

These look awesome! Thanks for sharing and love the green!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a beautiful high end look for an office area. I love it! The simplicity of it is the key to making it work. Nice!

Donna

mistycakes said...

I love these! What a fun and simple project...and I love the green.

Aisyah Helga said...

Great tutorial! I've linked this to my blog to share with my readers. Thanks for sharing! And you have a lovely blog :)

the VG huis said...

Sweet! I've been wanting to do an eye chart like this. I really love the way you've done the three fonts in a row! I found you through the Virginia House! and am now a happy new follower. Thanks for the tutorial. ~Stacey

True Legacy Group said...

I like the font that you have used, I believe the name of the font is Ar Bonnie... Is it possible that I could get a copy of the font?

 

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