What is it
about old signs!
There's something about the way
the written word marks a passage of time.
It takes me back generations
imagining a pioneer way of life.
stencil look letters,
and a rusty patina
have all the makings of
an old time sign.
Terri, my country cousin,
saw the "Toll Bridge" original
in the local cafe.
Are you like me -
whenever I shop or see things I love,
I always think I can make that!
It's a way of life.
So I was excited to take the challenge
and make this Toll Bridge sign.
Using pieced fence boards,
keeping all of the boards and edges dark stain,
and brushing on an off-white paint,
my sign base is ready for lettering.
I made the text in photoshop and pencil transferred to the board.
Then let the marathon lettering begin. ha!
Watching the CMA's while outlining and filling in
with a sharpie helps.
I did take a liner brush with black paint over top
to strengthen the text.
(I know - I need to get a letter cutting machine!)
Yeah, that's cinnamon in the picture.
I should be making pumpkin pie
but that would be "Lake Girl Bakes".
I'm using my cinnamon for
Old sign worn detail.
After everything was painted and dry,
I brushed clear glaze randomly over entire piece.
Then sprinkled cinnamon over those areas
and brushed lightly.
There are so many ways to distress
new paint to make it look old.
I thought this method looked
like the original aged patina.
Aren't the words fun!
This photo was taken in Terri's charming
Her country design is so inviting,
I think she's going to let us in
for a tour soon!
Thanks for your visit!
Always appreciate you stopping by,