So I came up with an amazing solution!
I then painted over these transferred names with the desired colour and done!
Now this may sound all too easy. Well once I figured out how to mirror the image with Word 2010, it was. Sadly with Word 2010, my trusty old Wordart trick didn't work to flip the text in a mirrored position, and my printer doesn't have the automatic option. So it took several different attempts of a few different techniques before I finally put a few ideas together and made it work!
You can flip Wordart by using the 3D Rotation tool found in the format shape option in the drop down menu, when you right click on your Wordart. But for some reason it does not let you make Wordart larger then 72 pts, which was not big enough for what I wanted to achieve.
So I found another technique that I will use for much more computer projects now and for those of you who have this same problem here is how to make text on Word "Mirrored":
- type the name/word using the standard word cursor
- selected it
- click copy
The next step is the new trick I learnt:
- when you go to press paste; click the little down arrow underneath it and select "paste special"
- then from that pop up menu select "Picture (Enhanced Metafile)"
This action pastes the text you just copied as a picture.
Now to rotate it to be Mirrored:
- right click the object and select "Format Picture"
- select 3D rotation
- then in the "X" row under the rotation subtitle enter 180 degrees
- click close and your name is now mirrored!
Here are the pictures off the process from start to finish for the "Painted Names" project.
|Print Text in Mirrored Position Using an InkJet Printer|
|Tape Document Face Down in Desired Area|
|Ink Transfer Left Behind|
|Rub Along Text With Finger|
|Paint Over Letter Transfer|
|Apply Second Coat|
|Finished Name On Bedroom Door|
And that was my Sunday afternoon project. I am very thrilled with how the doors turned out! I painted the names in the same colour as the hall way, which was Benjamin Moore's CC-570 (Night Train). My best tips for anyone who would like try painting text is to take your time, relax and enjoy!
Here is a quick note about another project I did this weekend. I found these great one time use, "peel & stick" stencils at Dollarama. So I put them to the test and added a little flare to my powder room. It worked pretty simple. They come on a roll so you just have to make sure it's level, smooth it on the wall as you unroll, paint and peel off. It did bleed a bit, but it was uniform... and I kind of liked the effect.
|Powder Room with Dash Border Stencil|