- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
I Like the Direction This is Going…
Wooden signs (Michaels)
Spray Paint (I used Almond from Valspar, Lowes)
Spray Paint Handle (a doohicky you get from the hardware store to put on the top of the can to control the flow of paint and not get your fingers all icky)
Craft Paint (I used Folkart Acrylic in Basil Green, Michaels)
Paint Pens (Sharpie or Hobby Lobby Brand work well)
Transfer Paper (Michaels/Hobby Lobby or any store that carries office supplies should have it)
Computer with associated software
Spray paint the signs in light coats and let fully dry.
Design the sign in Word or Photoshop first (I can provide a step-by-step on this). If you can’t find good pictures you like, consider a picture font to create flourishes. A good place to start looking: MyFonts or Fontspace. These are also good places to find fun new text fonts for your signs.
- You can hold the sign up to the light to see the edges under the paper to line it up properly.
- With a piece of graphite transfer paper between the sign and the paper, trace the sign’s details.
- Using a brush, paint the background parts first (in my case the green).
- Using a permanent paint pen, paint the letters.
- Touch up as necessary and add a clear coat if you wish.
- Add wooden embellishments if you want. You can buy finials and appliques from the craft or hardware store. I got mine at Lowes.
- Use spray paint! Latex paint never seems to fully dry and they will stick together. Boo. Take 2.
- Make sure you know which side of the transfer paper actually transfers to the sign or you will excitedly rip off the template to find…NOTHING. Take 2.1.
- Be very careful with paint pens. I found that frequently pushing up and down on a paper towel to prime the tip and then working in small stokes seemed to work well. If you get too excited and push down, they will leave a giant blob of ink all over your sign that dries pretty much immediately. Take 3.
- Wonky placement on the sign can be counteracted visually by putting the pieces of the sign in a staggered array instead of all in a row.
- Make sure your sign points the right way BEFORE painting it. =)