Quick poll? In your house, do you have the following items:
- A brown paper grocery bag (or just brown craft paper)
- A black Sharpie
- Ballpoint pen
- Computer paper/computer/means of printing something
- A frame
Gather the items above together and follow me, step by step - eta timewise for this project is only 20 minutes!
Pick your text and print it out on computer paper to the desired size
I chose "just one person" printed in Courier Final Draft font size 72 on a 8.5x11" sheet of paper. "Just one person" hails from a Muppets song that is widely regarded as Jim Henson's favorite. To learn more about it and listen to the song, please click here.
Set aside your printed design and get your paper bag out. Cut out a rectangular shape large enough to accommodate your text design with a fairly large border around all sides. Don't worry about the edges being perfect.. at all.
Gently tear the edges to your desired roughness. I crumpled the paper after this step but I suggest waiting until you've done your text completely as it was difficult to color things in on a rough surface.
Layout your project in the following way. Brown paper down first, then a piece of newspaper with a lot of heavy ink (great if you can find a large black ad) face down on the brown paper, then your text design in place over top of it.
What you are about to do is use the ink on the newspaper to create a light tracing of your text design so you can easily go in and reproduce it on the brown paper. You can use this technique in all kinds of projects for text, images, and more.
Here's what the sandwich of papers should look like:
Set up where you'd like your first word in the design to go (again, by eyeing it). When you are ready to trace to the brown paper - use a ballpoint pen and press down HARD on your white text design- carefully outlining your text. If you press hard enough, when you lift up the newspaper, you will see a faint tracing ready for you to fill in.
Continue this process until your entire design is traced completely.
Using a black sharpie or paint (but hey, what's easier than a black sharpie!) carefully color in your text design on the brown paper.
Crumple to your desire crumpliness!
Frame and enjoy!