December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas & a Bright 2014!

I have come into the world as light,
so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness
John 12:46

December 10, 2013

Autumn in Chicago {2013 Edition}

I know it's 2 weeks before Christmas, but I'm just now getting a chance to sit down & post some of my autumn photos. I think fall is my favorite season to photograph!

So here are my favorites from Autumn 2013

{At one of the last farmer's markets}

{Around my neighborhood}

{My favorite place to photograph - Millennium Park}

{Downtown Chicago}

November 25, 2013

30 Days 'til Christmas

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but we only have 30 days until Christmas!

Hazel Street Designs is chocked full of holiday goodies. So go get your holiday cards, gift card holders, gift tags, and even a couple of new printables!

All things holiday can be found in my shop here
All printables can be found here

October 9, 2013

How To - Canvas Subway Art

I love the look of subway art & since I live in the Windy City, I wanted a "Chicago" one for my wall. But they're pretty pricey. So what's a girl on a tight budget to do? Make it yourself! Here's how I did it...

Supplies I used:
12x16 Canvas
Stencils with 1" & 3/4" letters
Paint color of your choice
Foam Brush
Chalk Pencil
Artist Tape (tape I used was 1/4" wide)
Fixative spray

The first thing I did was map out the wording on paper to make sure it would fit correctly

I then painted the front & sides of my canvas.

After cutting the paper into word strips, I placed them on the canvas to figure out the spacing.

Using the artist tape, I made guidelines to help with the stenciling. It took me several tries to get the measurements & spacing correct, so keep at if you don't get it right the first time!

With the chalk pencil & the stencils, I started creating the subway art. I used the paper lettering as my guide for letter spacing & the artist tape to keep is straight.

I also found it handy to use a small paint brush to sweep away chalk residue. But be careful not to brush over your chalk lettering, it will smear!

Once you have all the lettering done, spray the fixative over the lettering to set it (follow the instructions on your fixative can). And be sure to have proper ventilation, the fixative is potent!

And voilá, your new subway art!

Total Cost:
12x16 Canvas - Free (given to me by a friend)
Paint - $0.33
Chalk Pencil - $0.89
Stencils - $2.87
Artist Tape - $3.38
Fixative - $4.31