I can't tell you how many emails I receive asking ..
"how do you make your signs"?
I'm often asked..
"can you show me a picture of my special order before it's painted"?
In these days and times so much is instant.
I'm a old school er. LOL
So for those of you wondering,,,
here we go..
1) It starts with an inspiration.
While in New Orleans, I spotted this jewel of a sign. I snapped a photo from the street looking into a business. The sign appeared to be quite old so no worries with copyright issues.
2). I took that inspiration and went with it, starting with good old freezer paper and pencil.
The original sign was metal, had neon lights and was huge so I tweaked it to work for me.
3). After I had my design drawn out, I cut around the edges.
Using my paper pattern, I cut out my wood using a piece of birch.
It's a smooth wood and works well for many of my pieces.
I love the retro style..
4).I gave a couple coats of navy craft paint.
5). Using my paper pattern, I traced over my design onto the wood.
I don't use stencils for my letters.
I print them out from my computer or draw my own.
Starting to take shape!
After my painting is complete, I sand the edges.
6). I wanted this sign to look really old so I really roughed it up.
I hit the edges with just a touch of stain to complete the aging process.
I hope this post explains a little of my crazy process.
This sign measures 24 1/4" x 14" and is for sale.
If interested, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be happy to share more info with you.