Have you seen the art of “Subway”? It is actually very fun (and easy!) to make. Whip up your creative side because this form of home decor is all about how you think it should be squeezed together. This was a wedding gift for my little sister. She fell in love with the song “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice and asked me to make her some vinyl using the lyrics. I took it to a whole new level and created Subway art with it.
I used a board that actually was a shelf from a bookcase that broke. Upcycle! The lyrics to the chorus to this song was so easy for Subway art because they are short lines that I could squeeze here and there on the board. #1 CHOOSE A SONG, QUOTE, or POEM THAT CAN BE EASILY BROKEN DOWN INTO SMALLER PHRASES. I started my design on Silhouette by putting my favorite parts to the song big and bold where they’d be seen the best. #2 MAKE IMPORTANT LINES BIGGER AND BOLDER. Each other line in the chorus was then placed in different fonts. #3 DIFFERENT FONTS AND SIZES. The key to subway art is to fill as much space as you can without compromising the legibility of the phrases or words. Any spot that was left too empty I filled in with minor clip art decal that didn’t take away from the lyrics. #4 FILL EMPTY SPACE WITH IMAGES or CLIP ART
“Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you. Go to work, do your best, don’t outsmart your common sense. Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy, and love like crazy”
This post was originally written for Small Fine Print in Nov 2011- it has since been updated and resubmitted.