What A Wonderful World

May 25th, 2013

One of my best customers (yep Tammy, you’re right up there with Melissa) messaged me several weeks before her daughters high school graduation asking if I could make her something to use as a centerpiece. She was thinking either a painted canvas or a chalk print that said “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” Well of course I could do that.

Finished close up

She later messaged me with an image Emily had found on Pinterest. “Can you do something like this?” Ahh, Pinterest to the rescue again. It was a board covered in sheet music with the “Wonderful World” quote painted on top. It looked like a good excuse to break out the Mod Podge. I’ve had two bottles of Mod Podge sitting on my shelf forever and had never opened them, in fact, I don’t think I had ever even used Mod Podge before. Unless that’s what we used to shellac the “Good Shepherd” photo of Jesus onto a little wooden plaque many, many moons ago during Bible School.

But I digress (as usual). I decided that a canvas would be the way to go. Much lighter than a piece of wood which meant it would be easier to prop up on a table. Tammy sent me a list of Emily’s favorite church music and I got to Googling. I was able to find sample sheets of most of the music on the list that I then printed out. Unfortunately, everything I printed had a big gray “SAMPLE” across the middle of the sheet. I think this should have been a clue to turn back and not steal sheet music off the internet but I decided not to think about it. They let you print “SAMPLE” sheets for a reason right? So after debating for a bit I just went for it and began the task of gluing the sheet music to the canvas in very strategic ways in order to cover up all of the “SAMPLE’s”. This took some time.


Once I had everything glued down I broke out the Mod Podge and started “podging”!

Podged Close Up

At this point my thoughts were, “Is this right? Does the Podge always make everything so wrinkly?” Concerned I decided to just sleep on it.

Sheet music canvas

Ahh, it looked much better in the morning.

computer layout

Next I laid out the quote on my computer and then, I’m revealing a trade secret here, printed it out to size and traced it onto the canvas with transfer paper. Yes, I admit it, I am not that talented, I can’t recreate a font perfectly, there is tracing involved.


I then painted it up and there you go. Finished product.

finished product

One graduation project down, two to go. Congratulations Emily! (A Valedictorian by the way!)

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