My sweet friend Cara invited me over to cut out BIG OLE, BIG OLE giant letters out of plywood, and she even volunteered to be my photographer (which she is a very talented upcoming photographer) so I could share with YOU!
Check out this vintage projector. WOOT! WOOT!!! Isn't it great? We cut out some 12 x 12 letter's on Cara's Cricut, and we projected them onto the wall. We rigged them on a child sized desk and a piece of bamboo with masking tape.
Check it out!!! We aimed it onto the plywood so that we could fit two letters that we could cut out. Can I just tell you to use MDF (Micro Density Fiberboard)? Just ask your Home Depot guy for it. He'll know what it is. It's more sturdy and won't have weak spots like plywood does. Okie dokie?
I trace smaller scale stuff more often. Graphic design has my eye and fine motor skills trained for little details. Big details-- they are not as easy. Some of the tracing looks more like I did it with my feet. This is the part of projects that drives even creative, crafty people crazy. You can't do it perfect. The idea in your head is exactly as you want it, but we just aren't perfect. Projects are messy. WORK THROUGH IT. If I had given up because the lines weren't straight, then what? I'd have nothing. Nothing but a rotten attitude, anyway.
Here is Cara's husband John showing me how to cut these big ole letters out with the jig saw. What he taught me was that it was a work in progress. We used a straight edge to fix some of the tracing, but, even so, the ultimate product was going to be the product of our moving the saw around. It's actually easier than you think to trace around with the saw. I found it more precise than tracing with the pencil.
I'm not saying skip the tracing or to use a paper pattern and just go around it with the saw. That won't work. I'm just saying, accept flaws at each step.
Even when you're finished because you might drive home and go to get out your letters to find that one of them totally had a weak spot and broke when you went to bring it into the house. UGH!!! That's nothing a little wood glue can't fix. I'll still display my JOY. My BIG OLE JOY in all circumstances!