Monday, August 4, 2014

Make A Wood Sign - All You Need Is Love

How about a fun and graphic

message on wall art in your home -




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I made this sign out of fence boards.

You could use pallet boards too.

These boards are 5 1/2" wide and 33 1/2" long.

Connecting 4 together makes the finished size 

21 1/2" x 33 1/2".




I drilled small holes in the two back boards

so the wood does not split when attaching the 1" screws.

Give the entire piece a wash of

watered down brown and raw sienna mixed.

Using folded cardstock, drag black semi-gloss paint

(or whatever finish you like)

across the boards leaving some of the base

to show through.




I designed my lay-out in Photoshop

using Arial black font.






So that I don't waste so much black ink,

I bucket paint the letters gray.

I outline the letters by right clicking the layer,

choosing blending options,

and checking outer shadow and inner shadow.

Then fill with white.

Now there is just an outline.






Chalk Transfer letters.




Paint letters white or off white with a flat brush.

Two coats.

I didn't sand here, but you could to add more of a worn look.

Hangers and picture wire on back.

Now you've got a stand out piece of typography art.




Letters

Words

Text

can be an expression in art

for a wall in your home.





"There's nothing you can do that can't be done

Nothing you can sing that can't be sung...

Nothing you can make that can't be made...

It's easy."





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I would like to try some other colors too.

If YOU do, show me what you come up with.

I can't really hang this in my temporary apartment,

but can't wait to put a nail in the wall in my new home!

(sorry Mark)

I'll show you when I do this fall.

We are building and I am so excited to be in our home.

Happy Painting and Making a Home,

Deb



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13 comments:

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Looks fabulous! Can't wait to see your new place.

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks Julie! I'll have to share some photos "in progress" soon.

Twice Nice said...

Oh I love this one! Glad to hear that your house is coming along. I'm sure you'll both be ready to put nails in the wall by the time you get moved!

Deb Hrabik said...

You're right - Mark will be So ready by then he won't care how many nails go in the nice new walls!

Deb Hrabik said...

Linda asked about how many boards I used. 4 fence boards for the sign.
2 scrap pieces about 1/2" thick for the back 2 connector boards.
Hope that helps,

Marie said...

It turned out so well! Love it!
Marie @ In Our Happy Place

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Your new house will be awesome, I'm sure! Can't wait to see it.

Linda said...

Love the sign and really appreciate the tutorial on the letter how to! Have a good day. Visiting from Kim's WUW. Linda

Elizabeth Lund said...

I just love the sign! How gorgeous. And thank you for sharing the tutorial. Pinning!

Michele Reynolds said...

I <3 your sign and the message! Pinned

thecuratorscollection.com said...

You make everything look so easy! :0) I'd like to try this for myself...I'll let you know how it turns out if I do!
Smiles!
Terry

Anonymous said...

Love it! What font size and how did your print?

Deb Hrabik said...

In one of the photos above you can see one of the font sizes is 330. On larger lettering you can start with 200 and then - edit - transform - scale - to whatever size fits the canvas space.
Enjoy making your home, Deb