Thursday, October 11, 2007

a sign


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.

Voila!

97 comments:

Cupcake said...

Great sign and thanks for the instructions! Now I want to make a sign :-)
I always enjoy your blog. My blogoiversary is today. This blogging, it's an addictive little hobby!
I can't wait to see the village.

kris said...

Thanks for the good idea. One question, though -- I've never used gesso. What's the purpose of it as opposed to simply painting the board? (by the way, your blog is the first thing I check everyday
online. Addiction!)

Yummers! said...

Love the sign and thanks for the tutorial. Maybe I'll make a Christmas sign to hang on the porch... or a Halloween sign... or a Thanksgiving sign... Look what you started.
Thanks,
Joni

Amy said...

Kris, you could use just straight paint...gesso just seems to coat it well enough with the first coat that you don't have to repeat. And it has a nice finish...easy to work with.

lainakay said...

I did this a few years ago for my house numbers. I just couldn't find exactly what I was looking for in the stores. I put a coat of poly over it and it's been out there for at least 3 years now and still looks great! Much cheaper than the store-bought plaques, too. Gotta love DIY!

Angela said...

This is a great way to transfer a design! I have a question for you, Amy... Do you think that you could use pencil/graphite to transfer a design onto material? Or would a fabric pencil work? Then use fabric paints to fill it in?

I need to transfer a design onto a piece of fabric for a Halloween Costume that I am working on!

Any ideas?

Thanks-
Angela

DivaDeb said...

Charming, Amy! I'm a bit surprised that you didn't foof it all up with GLITTER, though! ;o)

cruststation said...

Adorable, great plaque. Love the colours and the fantastic font.

Pamela Jane said...

So cool how you're setting the stage :>).

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

Very cute! Your display will be amazing!!!!

Thank you for the instructions!

Jana said...

Yay, this is such a great idea and now I'll know exactly how to find you at Silver Bella! I look forward to meeting you SOON!!

jennifer Paganellli said...

You are amazing and terrific can hardly wait to meet you..blessings,Jennifer

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