If you happened to read one of my prior posts about Wedding Signs then you already know that several months ago my bestie asked me if I would make a sign for her wedding ceremony, which took place on June 1st of this year. She wanted a sign encouraging people to sit wherever they liked, and not to segregate by friends and family of the bride and groom. We decided to go with the phrase that many of you may be familiar with, “Today As Two Families Become One, Please Pick A Seat Not A Side.”
Since her wedding was rustic-chic, I used a Wood Plank with Bark from Save-On-Crafts for the sign base. Her wedding colors were Coral and Aqua so I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in the colors Wild Salmon and Pool. I also used an opaque/pearl white paint pen.
Unfortunately, I don’t own a vinyl cutter of any kind, so making a stencil was out of the question. But that’s okay–what I did worked! I found a font that I liked for her wedding, printed the phrase, and attached it to my board with painters tape so that it wouldn’t move.
Next, I used a pen with a fairly sharp end and traced around the letters with enough pressure to create an indention in the wood. You don’t want to use anything too sharp so that you end up cutting through the paper, though. Fortunately, the wood was fairly soft so the task was tedious, but not difficult.
Once I finished tracing, I removed the paper to reveal my indented words. As you might be able to see on the tops of a few of the letters, the pen did bleed through some. This task might be best done with a dead pen, but who can find one of those when you need it?
Using a small brush, I then painted each letter, trying very hard to stay inside the indented lines–I smudged some! The lighting in my apartment probably wasn’t the best for this–you really need to do this with bright light in order to best see the lines.
The letters didn’t look “finished” to me once they were dry, and I still had some smudges so I used an opaque white paint pen and outlined each letter. Though the outline was faint, it really made it pop and gave it the finished look that I wanted.
Finally, I painted some coral accents around the edges of the sign to tie everything together. I really loved the finished product, and so did the bride!
My bestie’s wedding day was amazing, and the sign looked super pretty as you walked up to the large tree the ceremony was under. It was truly a picture perfect day.
Have you made any hand-painted signs? What are your tips and tricks?