Ship Quote Art and Taking Risks

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Are you a risk taker? Or do you prefer to play it safe?

I prefer to play it safe, most of the time, but in the last few months, I've realized that if I don't take risks, I won't get the opportunities that I want. I was not made to stay safe in my little bubble; rather, I was made for great things! The only thing is, I have to be ready to take those risks. If you are a blogger, you know that means you have to be ready for rejection, too. :-) I made this project for my contributor post over at My Favorite Finds a while back, but I felt that the message was too important for me not to share the "how to" for you over here!


Do you love big statement quote art? I know I do. But I really don't love the big price that often comes with large art. But lucky for me, I work as an architect, and I can often get building material samples for free. But what does one do with a large, 12"x24" tile? Why, you make art from it!

This tile was made to look like natural stone, and had two distinct "strata." For some reason, it made me think of a cliff going down to the sea, which then inspired me!


In case you were wondering, the quote on this art is from William G.T Shedd: "A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for," and I've fallen in love with that sentiment. It really helps me when I want to play it safe--it reminds me that I am not built for that--I need to take risks...even if it makes my stomach do somersaults!

So here's what I used to make this artwork:

Large format tile (12"x24")
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
Image of a Ship (printed with a laser printer)
Gloss Mod Podge
Navy Blue Paint
Vinyl Letters (I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut mine out)

First, I found this vintage ship graphic from The Graphics Fairy, and I printed it out on a laser printer and trimmed every bit of white I could out. If you use inkjet, the print may smear in the next step.


Put a thick coat of photo transfer medium on the face of the image and turn it over onto the tile. Tap gently to remove all bubbles and make sure the image is adhered to the tile. Wait at least 24 hours.


After 24 hours, dampen the entire image and then gently rub off the paper fibers. You will have your image, reverse transferred onto the tile.


Then mix the gloss Mod Podge and paint together. I mixed about 3 parts of Mod Podge to 1 part paint, so that I would have a glossy yet translucent tint to the blue. I then painted little waves all over the bottom "strata" of the tile. To paint waves, make little "x"s that overlap. Practice until you get a look you like!


Allow paint mixture to dry. This coat will be very delicate, so be careful as you apply the vinyl  letters of your quote.


And that's it!


So, how do inspire yourself to go beyond your comfort zone?


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