Sunday, April 7, 2013

Custom Signs

Your signature style.
Painting custom signs is a large part of my work.
Here is an example of a House Number Sign
that you might like to make too.
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I used the "Dip and Drag" paint technique.
Ha, sounds so's just cardstock
dipped in paint and scraped onto surface.
You can read more about that Here.
Then you can make a print of your number
and chalk the back surface
using your window as a light box.
Transfer onto board from the front
with a pen or pencil.
You can see the light outline here.
Base paint white.
Shade a little bit with camel.
Drop shadow black with a liner brush
on right sides and bottoms of numbers.
Here are some other personalized Lake Signs:
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Some of these are large...about 3' x 4' or larger.
Larger scale for outdoor signs make such a nice visual.
This is a smaller sign for a front door:
And this is what I'm working on today -
She wanted the 12 Gifts of Marriage
made into word art.
I still used the scraping (dip and drag) paint style
for the background but instead of stripes
I applied it in squares with a variety of
horizontal and vertical pull.
Here's a close up of the layered paint:
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Isn't that the best thing about being a DIY'er!
We can make it our own.
Just the way we like it.
What a fun and artful journey.
So glad to share it with you friends!
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20 North Ora said...

Deb - Love your custom signs! Just wish I live on the beach somewhere so I could have you do me one. They are so refreshing and cheerful!


Feral Turtle said...

Great tutorial Deb! Love all your signs.....amazing work!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love your custom signs, Deb!
The colors are wonderful.

Jaime Costiglio said...

Deb they are beautiful, so original and unique. Thanks for sharing your technique, makes me want to get up and paint!

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

You have made the most amazing personalized signs. I love the dip and drag technique - I will try that. You make it all so easy but I can see you have put so much effort into making each sign so sweet.

Amy@TheBlissfulBee said...

Very cool! I would love it if you would link up to my {all things creative} linky party:)


Pamela said...

I always enjoy seeing your work. Love the bright graphic quality. Is your marine varnish water based?

Krista Aasen said...

Another gorgeous post Deb... I LOVE what you create!! So bright and fresh and beautiful - they feel like the perfect summer day. Thanks sooo much for your clear and informative tutorials too!
Krista @thehappyhousie

Bliss said...

Your sings are so happy and bright, perfect for by the water. And I'm loving that painted ski too!


Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Pamela-
The marine varnish is not water based. Takes a day or two to dry and does yellow a bit. Darn.
I had to be practical with outdoor exposure though.

The Style Sisters said...

These are so cute...I love the beachy look ones! Come link up to my linky party Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post.

Unknown said...

Dropped by from the Wow Us Wednesdays party. I love your sign(s) and the tutorial! I am pinning it to my That's Just Beachy board. I would love to have you share it at
The Shady Porch Rock N Share party too! Blessings, D

Anonymous said...

oh goodness, these are too cute! Thanks for sharing your dip and drag technique! So so cute! I bet people line up for your great signs!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Absolutely wonderful! You are so talented and those signs are the perfect summer accessory!


Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

I really love that dip and drag technique. It looks great on so many things. My favorite is the 109 sign you did, it just looks so fabulous hanging up on the side of the house. I really like the contrast of the colors against the house. Of course, I'm sure the others would be my favorite too, if I saw them hanging up. Your choice of colors is always amazing.


Anonymous said...

Your signs are super! How do you make your paint looks so smooth on the numbers for the 109 sign?

Deb Hrabik said...

The key to getting paint smooth is to use several thin coats of paint and use a flat brush ...maybe 3/4" wide.