My nephew Dexter’s letters are complete.  I didn’t do a how-to, but I will tell you a few things about the project.  I bought the plain letters at Michael’s.  It’s not the best place to get art supplies, but it was the most convenient.

I painted the designs on the letters with acrylic paint.  I mostly used paintbrushes to paint the letters, but I also used a rubber stamp (for the rain drops) that I made out of an eraser.  When I had painted the designs, I attached ribbon to the back of each letter using a staple gun.  After that, I added a few details with puffy paints (fabric paint).  This isn’t a necessary step, but I find that it adds some dimension and a little shine.

I apologize for the less than perfect pictures once again.  They really look a lot better in person!  Let me just leave you with this.  The man himself, Dexter Constantine Niphakis.  Yes, he will do great things!


About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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7 Responses to D-E-X-T-E-R

  1. Easten says:

    Those letters are so great! I love the colors… and the last picture:)

  2. Holly Niphakis says:

    Picture and letters together makes it much more personal and that little Dex! Looking at his hair I think maybe you should have had some orangy red highlights to the letters! And I wonder what colors the next sibling will have!

  3. Ally says:

    I LOVE them! Mel you did such a great job. I can’t wait to put them in his room!

  4. Melody says:

    Ally, I’m so glad you like them! 🙂 I’m leaving them at mom’s house for when you come to visit along with birthday presents for you and Nate.

  5. Erika says:

    a) Great letters!
    b) He is SUPER cute!

  6. Kendall says:

    Oh my goodness! These are adorable. And what a precious little boy! I really like your blog!

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