DIY: Inspirational Poem Plaque

Hello, today, I have a quick and artsy Do-It-Yourself project that will help keep your….

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Hello, today, I have a quick and artsy Do-It-Yourself project that will help keep your favorite poem or quote engraved nicely in glass for you and all to admire. I also shared how-to create my inspirational poem plaque on my Instagram page @melodycolegates -a couple of months ago, but I thought I’d share it here too, just in case you would like to try my “nifty” DIY project for yourself 🙂

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YOU WILL NEED
1- 8″ x 10″ picture frame
1- small tube of mars black acrylic paint
1- small tube of gold acrylic paint
1- med flat paint brush
1- small round detail brush
1- pointed metal object (like a butter knife)
1- damp cloth

TO BEGIN
Take the glass out of the 8″ x 10″ frame and brush one side of the glass with a thin layer of black acrylic paint (two coats may be needed). Let air dry.  20170625_094917Then, use the tip of a metal object and carefully etch your poem into that painted surface.  Lightly scrape off the black paint until all of your letters show up clearly from the front. When you have finished etching your favorite poem into the painted glass, wipe off any excess paint chips and/or fingerprints with a damp cloth. Now, you should be ready to fill in all those little letters to make your poem stand out beautifully. So, on the same side (you just painted and etched your poem into), dip your brush into the metallic gold acrylic paint and completely fill in each letter of your entire poem. After it dries, for a good 15 minutes or so, turn it over to reveal your own special poem etched in glass for years to come.

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TIP
Write your poem backwards on the glass in order to read it forward when you turn it around. Hope that makes sense 🙂

I wrote my ‘Success’ poem back in 2001 and created this plaque as a memento right afterwards. It is still hanging on my living room wall till this day and looks as though I made it yesterday.

Tag me on Instagram if you try my DIY poem etched in glass! I’d also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks! Happy Sunday 🤗

xo melody

success poem with books

Happy Father’s Day 👑

Honored I am to have you as my father. Anytime I need you, you’re always there….

Honored I am to have you as my father
Anytime I need you, you’re always there
Patting me on the back or
Passing a Kleenex my way
You show me how much you care.

For you always knew what was best
Although, at times, I did not know it
Taught me right from wrong and
How to sustain a good family of my own
Everyday, I’m proud to be your child, you
Raised me to be strong and independent.
So, today, I just want to say…

Daddy, I love you,
Always and forever,
You are my hero…ty 4 everything👔 

*written by Melody Cole

Old family photo
the late 70’s

a day full of sunshine

i rise before you rise in effort to make…

i rise before you rise

in effort to make a day full of sunshine

aloud i hum as happy as a blue jay

awaiting the clouds to pass by my way

suddenly i see your ray of light aglow

as vibrant and as beautiful as a rainbow

your smile feels golden amidst the pain

your voice whispers like a sweet mornings rain

as soon as you touch me i exhale deeply

melting like the last snowfall in spring

i love the way your heart beats in sync with mine

as we both make an effort towards a day full of sunshine

*poem & art by melody cole, 2007

Success

Start living your life, how you want it to be

Start living your life, how you want it to be.
Understand, all you must accomplish to get you there.
Choose wisely, before making decisions that will affect your life.
Challenge yourself, to reach these goals that you wish to obtain.
Expect, there will be downfalls that are a part of life, but…
Stay focused on your dreams, and soon…
Success, will be in your reach.

*poem written by Melody Cole, 2001

silently i sit

silently i sit

eyes damp

lips weak

trying to capture inspiration before time has run out

amazingly thirty years have not rung the chime of fulfillment

each thought momentarily elapses into a distant memory

every muscle in my body tends to be useless

silently i sit

eyes damp

lips weak

©2001 melody cole