Saturday, April 14, 2012

Route 66 - How to Paint a Canvas Sign

Hello DIY Friends!
I'm excited to share this project with you.
I was so inspired to paint this Route 66 sign
after visiting my son in Arizona.


I'll show you how it all started:




Traveling a very primitive and winding Route 66,
we came to a small mining town
in Oatman, Arizona.


Burros, Motorcycles and Gift Shops Galore!








We even got to watch a "shoot-out" at hign noon:



Oh, and I almost forgot,
MJ was arrested...



So all of that! "


Turned into this:



Starting with a 24" X 30" canvas,
I didn't do any base painting.
I just started with a template design
and traced around it with a pencil.


Then using a 1" flat brush
paint in the outline.






Make a template for your letters.
I penciled mine on tracing paper
(pencil lines on both sides of paper)
Then penciled over the tracing paper
which leaves a faint pattern on canvas
for you to follow.






Here are the colors I used:




Keep those worn out old chip brushes!
They are great for this dry brush technique:






So now our bathroom
has a sweet dose
of our Fun stop
on Route 66!





Have you traveled the winding Route 66?
I hope this inspires you to create a fun piece of graphic art!
Thanks for stopping by, Deb

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5 comments:

Bliss said...

That sign is awesome. It matches a Route 66 Cabinet I made, so I may just have to make a sign with your tutorial. I'm pinning it.

~Bliss~
Stopped over from your feature at House of Hepworths

Deb Hrabik said...

Your cabinet idea sounds fun.
Thanks for stopping, Deb

Jen said...

Great job on the sign! Looks great!
And I love those dark bathroom walls!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

You really did an amazing job on this sign. The colors for the weathering look amazing! I am such a road trip junkie and have driven back and forth across the country 8 times....love me some old school Rout 66!
I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
http://too-much-time.com/2012/04/get-schooled-saturday-20.html
xxx, Kim

Deb Hrabik said...

Nice to meet you, Kim! I linked up and subscribed to your blog. Thank you for the encouraging comments for a beginner blogger! Much appreciation, Deb