Monday, March 23, 2015

Making A Monogram Wood Sign

The thing about 

one simple letter

is that it makes bold graphic art.

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It's the kind of wall art that you can leave up year round.

So I thought I would share how I made this one.

Start with a 24" x 24" utility panel (or plywood).

Nail wood panel onto 2 boards that support the back sides.

Then cut furring strips to frame the edge.

Using black, white, and raw sienna,

I made a blend of paint that appears to have a lot of layers

in the gray.

Keep blending in a criss cross motion

until you get a layered look

that you like.

I like to see the actual brush stroke.

Handmade, ya know.

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Paint the frame edge in a mushroom tan.

I mix brown, camel, and raw sienna to get that tan.

Then brush white randomly on top of that.

It will be a worn and layered look.

You can see the layers here on the side:

I print the letter in photoshop

(using Ecuyer Dax font)

and chalk transfer to the dry board.

Paint in off white.

I use Crumb Cookie - Lowes Olympic.

Then add a camel and brown glaze.

Use a baby wipe to wipe down in areas that are too dark.

Shade edges with a brown gray mix.

I found a large existing frame

and put a utility panel board in that

to make an even bigger Monogram wall art.

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I want to try these in other colors too!

If you do - send me a pic : )


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20 North Ora said...

Love this project. These would make wonderful gifts!


Jaime Costiglio said...

Deb it's beautiful. Thank you for sharing the detailed steps, you really have a way with paint!

Deb mcK said...

Thank you for sharing how to do your art! I love all your work.

Lisa said...

Your sign is beautiful. All the different layers that you added gave the finished product a vintage look and made it so special. I love it!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

You are an expert on colors! I like to paint, but getting the right tones and shades is such a trick! This is beautiful.

Unknown said...

I love how you painted this! It turned out amazing and its great to show people how easy it is to get a vintage look by layering colors. I think so many non artist/crafters get turned off because they think its hard to do things on their own like this, but I think you just proved its quite easy!!

I recently held a painting class at my shop and so many girls were terrified to put the paint on the canvas..but once they got going they were loving how everyone's painting turned out differently but still the same concept. Anyway..just trying to add to fact that I love how you broke it down and made it look so simple for everyone!

I was featured with you at The 36th avenue and so glad I found you ;) I would love for you to stop by and join the party on my blog! It ends tomorrow 10pm eastern!! Have a wonderful weekend!