I am posting my very first post as requested by a follower.
This is a big frickin’ deal for me.
So Leah – this one’s for you!
I hope that you find this useful for making a version for your wedding.
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There are very few tutorials online showing clearly how to write onto a mirror. In fact, I only found two that I know from personal experience would be helpful for a first-timer.
So I thought it may be helpful to post my own tutorial for anyone who would like to try this DIY for themselves. Take your time and consider starting small – a practice version, if you like.
Most of all – have fun!
What You Need:
The Markers you can use include
* Chalk board pens
* Permanent markers – Alcohol based (which is what I have used in the tutorial)
* Metallic calligraphy markers – alcohol based
- Measure the mirror
- Consider the size of your mirror and the quantity of words you want to write onto it – will it all fit? NB: I used a quote from one of my Pinterest boards.
- Open a Word document. Alternatively . . . . . . . . . . you could use an editing program to make the document . . . . Photoshop, Canva or PicMonkey.
- Type your words.
- Rearrange, format and resize to fit the page. It’s important at this stage to use fonts and sizes that you want to recreate on the mirror. NB: My final version was NOT made in Word so it will look a little different.
- Add 1cm gridlines to the page – this is crucial for helping you transfer the writing from the screen to the mirror. See instructions below (*+*+*).
- I wanted to print the page for this tutorial, so I made a copy in PicMonkey and then transferred the image to the Word document. Then I added individual lines over the top of the image, using the Grid as a guideline.
- Using paper or tape (masking or washi) Create a grid on both sides and along the top of the mirror. Make sure to use the same dimensions as you have on the printed document (cm or inches).
- Grab a piece of paper the same width as the mirror, find the halfway point and make a mark on the piece of paper.
- Now it’s time to finally get Creative!
- Use the central line on the screen/printed page, to line up your starting point with the blank sheet you have waiting on the mirror.
- On your printed sheet/screen – count the number of spaces in FRONT of the central mark.
- Now . . . on your MIRROR – count the number of spaces in FRONT of the central mark – this is your starting point.
- *** Be prepared to accept mistakes – eucalyptus oil or nail polish remover or rubbing/medical alcohol will remove any booboos – but I believe that imperfections make it a true DIY triumph.
- I used uppercase only, but if you have descending letters ( g, j, y, etc) then skip the letter and write it in when you remove the blank sheet of paper (that marks the central point).
- Continue to use the lines on the printed sheet and the measured marks on the side of the mirror, to work your way down the mirror.
You did it!
*** If you are REALLY nervous about writing in a fancy font or in a traditional calligraphy format, then check out this post of mine (on my old blog) and stay tuned . . . in a few weeks I will be posting a new tutorial on how to write fancy-schmancy :).
Don’t know how to put Grids onto a Word document?
No wuckas – follow this mini tute.
So do you think you will have a go?
I TOTALLY believe that anyone can do this – if they just believe in themselves and accept that it will not be perfect the first time around.
So go on, have a try.
And if you do – I would love to see your work.
Post a link or photo in the comments.