I wanted to do a bit more than just write a thank you note. Jeff & Tanya have a beautiful back yard BBQ area and they have lots of vintage signs out there too.
I decided to try to make a sign to add to their collection to serve as our “thank you.”
I have done previous posts on how to do this distressed art technique. Click to see the Family Rules, the Spring Art work and the Wine Cork Art work.
For this I will show you how I did the “layered look” for the letters on Lake Tulloch.
Step 1: Cut out your letters (or use store bought if you don't have a Cricut or Silhouette) and arrange them on your primed board. I wanted my lettering to be white. (If I had wanted different color lettering, I would have used that as my base coat.) Make sure the letters are pressed down firmly.
Step 2: Paint the background color over the tops of the letters. In this case I wanted an aqua blue on top and a bright blue in “Waves” on the bottom.
Step 3: Once the paint is dry, take the outer part from your cut letters and lay them just a bit to the left of the letter stuck to the board. You will be over-lapping the original letter just a bit.
Step 4: Lightly dab on your second paint color.
Step 5: When you peel away the 2 layers of stencil, it should look like this.
Step 6: Peel away the other letters. This was a rough piece of plywood, so the paint bled under the letters. since I’m going to distress it anyway, it doesn’t matter. (Behold the beauty of distressed artwork!)
Step 7: (Not shown) When the paint dried, I used the orbital sander to further distress the piece, then put a nice layer of Mid Podge all over it for a little sheen and to seal it.
I hope they like it.
If they don’t it’s OK. Distressed signs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea… the purpose of this was to serve as a thank you card, and as long as they know how appreciative we are, then the sign did its job.
If they don’t like it for a wall, they do have a fabulous outdoor fireplace… Paint and Mod Podge would serve as a fabulous accelerant if they decide to burn it instead of hang it. (However, my fingers are crossed that they like it.)
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