Since way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth…in the 80′s….I’ve been making hand-painted signs. I used to tear apart old pallets and use the rough wood, but now I use any kind of old wood that I find. The wood I’m using today happens to be the leftover part of an old beadboard door painted in a cool chippy green.
I use Microsoft Word to spell out whatever it is I plan to say. Use whatever font floats your boat. For this sign I used AR DECODE with a font size of 475. After you print out your saying, lay the pages down and line up bottoms of the pages.
You will have to overlay your pages when working with such a large font. You won’t have to do this with smaller fonts.
You can just eyeball how closely to place the letters all the while keeping the bottom of the pages lined up. Tape them together, avoiding taping right over the letters.
Cut the paper that is overlapping the letters out, so that you can see the letters better. This also aids in tracing the design onto the board so you won’t have to press between two pieces of paper. (After taking this picture, I realized my design was too big to fit the board and I was also missing sections of the letters.)
Evenly trim away the paper at the end of each word. From here you can either eyeball the distance between each word, or you can measure, as I did the distance between each word. My words were approximately 5″ apart. Once it’s spaced where you want it, tape it down, leaving the bottom open for the graphite paper.
Get out your graphite paper. If you’re working on a light surface, like I was, use a dark graphite. If you’re working on a dark surface, I would suggest using a much lighter colored graphite paper.
Place the graphite paper underneath your lettering pages and trace over each letter. Make sure you keep moving the graphite paper under your work or you’ll end up tracing out some letters and nothing will show up underneath. Not that I’ve done that or anything. Cough, cough.
When I’m tracing, I like to use a different color pf pen. In other words, not black pen on black photocopies. I usually use a purple or red pen on black. That way you have a better idea of where you’ve been in the tracing procedure.
Since you’ve taped your paper down, it’s okay to lift up and check your progress. Since this was beadboard, the going was a little rough, but you can see where the graphite paper left its mark and where I need to paint.
I use two different sizes of brush: one with a long, thin tip and one with a slightly wider tip. It all depends on what gives you the most control over your painting. Your paint should be thin, but not so thin that it bleeds. Just thin enough that it’ll glide onto the surface evenly.
When I finished the sign, I realized it didn’t show up very well, so I added some white highlights. I’m not an artist and I have no training in shading, so don’t criticize…I just did my own thing here.
The finished product!
There are computer programs out there that let you bend and curve your lettering and I used to love playing with all the possibilities. I no longer have that program and for the life of me can’t remember what it was. If you know the name of it, PLEASE tell me!
Again, you can use this technique on just about anything you choose. Go forth and paint!
Bye from the bungalow,
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