JDIY24 : Inspirational Poster


“An upward movement initiated in time can counteract fate”


I started this build with a simple request. “Build me an inspirational poster with the following saying “An upward movement initiated in time can counteract fate”. At first, I didn’t know the direction for this poster, so I simply asked, what does it mean to you. This was easy because it was my mom asking.

After she explained to me what this meant to her, I asked a couple follow-up questions so I could imagine the perfect meaning. I started in Photoshop. I would rather have taken my mom out and had her as the subject in my images, but unfortunately, I am in another state and the COVID’s limiting travel and visits, that just isn’t available. However, I wanted this poster to have pieces of her in it, that was a must.

I visualized the word “time” could be seen in as different seasons. So, I asked my mom what her favorite activities were for each season to represent the different seasons. Hiking for Spring, Camping for Summer, Bird Watching for Fall and Reading for Winter. Once I had these images selected, I put them together to illustrate the cycling of time.

After I had the image designed, I needed to make the frame and cut out the glass. I believed this image needed a glass front instead of plastic. The feel of glass has an authenticity of value that plastic just can’t pull off. Also, the physical weight of the picture needed to feel equivalent to the weight of the posters message, and it was heavy in meaning. I used Oak for the framing wood because of its quality, it’s a hard wood and accepts edges easily, and can withstand the wear of time. All in all, my mom is very happy with it, and I am happy with the results I was able to create.

This is my first motivational poster I created.

Difficulty: !!
There are some techniques in this build that will take some learning. Cutting glass with a clean break being the biggest one, and mounting plate glass without breaking it is the other. I had created a duel image frame before this project, so I had the concepts down solid before I started. If you have never cut glass before, I suggest visiting a Good Will in your area and picking up some frames with glass and practicing. It is a cheaper way to find plate glass, and it supports your local Good Will.