The thing about
one simple letter
is that it makes bold graphic art.
It's the kind of wall art that you can leave up year round.
So I thought I would share how I made this one.
Start with a 24" x 24" utility panel (or plywood).
Nail wood panel onto 2 boards that support the back sides.
Then cut furring strips to frame the edge.
Using black, white, and raw sienna,
I made a blend of paint that appears to have a lot of layers
in the gray.
Keep blending in a criss cross motion
until you get a layered look
that you like.
I like to see the actual brush stroke.
Handmade, ya know.
Paint the frame edge in a mushroom tan.
I mix brown, camel, and raw sienna to get that tan.
Then brush white randomly on top of that.
It will be a worn and layered look.
You can see the layers here on the side:
I print the letter in photoshop
(using Ecuyer Dax font)
and chalk transfer to the dry board.
Paint in off white.
I use Crumb Cookie - Lowes Olympic.
Then add a camel and brown glaze.
Use a baby wipe to wipe down in areas that are too dark.
Shade edges with a brown gray mix.
I found a large existing frame
and put a utility panel board in that
to make an even bigger Monogram wall art.
I want to try these in other colors too!
If you do - send me a pic : )