Thursday, October 11, 2007
I made this sign yesterday afternoon to hang from the top of my display at Silver Bella. A week earlier I was explaining this technique to my friend Becky and I thought I'd share it here as well.
I used a very large plaque from Michael's...from the unfinished wood section. It was $14 but I used my 40% off coupon. I painted it with gesso tinted with a small bit of dark pink acrylic. I designed the sign with the fonts I liked and printed it out (since the sign was so large, I printed the design to two sheets which I lined up and taped together.)
I made a sort of graphite sheet by covering the back of the design's paper with a crosshatching of pencil marks. Graphite paper works great but I just didn't have any handy.
Next I taped the design sheet with pencil on back to the board and traced the design, making sure to get every bit. I use a colored pen to do this so I can better see where I've been and where I haven't.
When I lifted up the paper, the design was left in pencil on the board. I filled in the letters with paint and accented with white paint. I sealed it with a gloss coat.