Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Making a Fall Sign

There's a beautiful Season coming around the corner...


I love this time of year
and I look forward to my fall craft shows.
Because I make and sell art
I have to always be thinking forward
to the next season.

I have so many new ideas
and can't wait to get to them!

Today I want to share some rich fall color...

Such warm and homey colors
Raw Sienna
Burnt Orange
Colonial Red
Russet Brown

And then a fun fall saying ta boot!
I've seen the "Happy Fall y'all"  signs
but I haven't seen this combination before.
You think it's going to be the serious "Faith Family Friends",
but then turns into a smile at the end. : )

I use 3/8" Plywood cut 7 1/2" X 46"
Yep, 46".  It's a long dude.

I use beaded paneling cut 3 beaded sections x 44".

Sand and wipe down.
Base paint paneling
with a mix of
Raw Sienna,
Georgia Clay,
and Russet Brown

Keep the darker colors on the edges.
Keep the Raw Sienna on the center strip.

Paint the very backside of the Plywood black
so it will be finished on the back.
Paint the front edges of the plywood

Russet Brown

(I used a gloss black here, but any finish would be fine)

Then I splattered the edges of the plywood
with the orange Georgia Clay.

I also used the side of a large flat brush
to drag orange across the very edges.

I made my text layout in Photoshop.
Many times I just transfer the lettering with pencil
like I did here on my beach sign.
This time I actually cut a stencil.
After I printed my lettering, I taped them together,
then I put clear packaging tape all over the front and back.
Then I cut the letters.
It took about an hour to cut the letters out
but if I make several signs it will be worth this extra time.

Now I can quickly brush in the outline of the lettering with a primer.

Now that I have the outline and placement
I can tape off the bottom and top edge with painter's tape
and hand brush over the letters.

Then finish with the drop shadow
on the right and on the bottom edges of the letters
with gloss black and a fine liner brush.

Using 1/2" sheet metal screws,
attach the beadboard to the plywood back.
I also used extra screws on the back
to make it more secure front to back.
Then using 2 of the same size screws,
attach picture wire around each and then tighten.
Now you have a hanger.

On the front side
add some Colonial Red around the beadboard.
Using a flat brush and the beadboard
as a guide, brush some red onto the plywood.
This is the red that I used:

Then I sprayed the sign with a clear gloss Krylon.
That really adds depth of color.

Still lovin' the Summer Days,
breaking out the fall paint colors!

Hope you're enjoying your week,

Linking to: 

Wednesday:      Savvy Southern Style

Thursday:          Beyond the Picket Fence
                          Shabby Creek Cottage
                          House of Hepworths
                          The 36th Avenue
                          Embracing Change
                          Delightful Order
                          Dixie n Dottie

Friday:               The Shabby Nest
                          At the Picket Fence
                          Sand and Sisal

Saturday:          Funky Junk Interiors

Monday:            DIY Showoff
                         I should be Mopping the Floor
                         BoogieBoard Cottage
                         Between Naps on the Porch
                         The Dedicated House

Tuesday:          Coastal Charm
                         Home Stories A to Z
                         My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Heidi Lisa said...

Love it Deb! Especially the warm colors :o)

Laura from Top This Top That said...

love your sign. great tutorial!

Beth said...

What a great tutorial! I love the colors and the shading really sets it off.

Dixie n Dottie said...

You are so talented! This is beautiful! Would love you'd share this with our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week!

SavannahGranny said...

This is so neat!! My daughter has tons of scrap bead board. I am pinning this. I absolutely love the text. Thanks for sharing your project.
I am a new follower. Ginger

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks, Ginger!
It's fun when you can find a use for scrap material.
Gives us a reason to keep our "stuff" just in case! lol.

Jeannine said...

I love your sign! Your paint technique is amazing and I really love the saying. Nicely done!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

thistlewoodfarm said...

Deb! I think it looks amazing! I love the drop shadow effect and the colors on the frame. You are a true artist!


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Your sign says it all! I am ready for fall too. I think anyone who had temps in the 100's is ready! I love the colors, the chill in the air. Thanks for sharing the tutorial too.

Deb Hrabik said...

Oh, I know. Though Summer is my favorite, I love getting ready for the fall too. The change of seasons is nice.
Thanks for stopping!

Hilani Ellis said...

Ya, this is awesome! Found it on DIY Showoff! Great, Great, Great!