Last Saturday night I got a MUCH needed girl’s night out! I was invited to a craft night hosted by Katie from www.sweetrosestudio.com and sponsored by Elmer’s Glue.
We were asked to bring a craft project to do at the party. I don’t really consider myself a “crafter”. I think I am creative and can be crafty, but I think more big picture typically. But I did have this piece of drift wood that I snagged off a beach in Portland, ME when I went to meet my husband’s family for the first time four years ago. I have been carting it around through four moves waiting to do something with it. The time was now.
I am still living in the Dark Ages and don’t have any kind of vinyl cutting system! =( But Katie let me borrow her new Silhouette to cut a stencil… Thank you Katie. Due to visiting, I didn’t finish my project Saturday, but I did finish it up this morning.
Here’s what I did. I didn’t use vinyl for the stencil, just card stock. I used a tiny bit of Elmer’s glue stick to stick it down to the wood. To avoid a paint mess and to kind of have a more authentic look, I dry brushed the paint on following the the direction of the letters as if I was writing it on. I started with black.
I then took the side of a screw to scratch some of the paint off followed by a light sanding. I did this after each paint step.
I hand painted on the white to add dimension.
I thought I was going to be done after this, but it looked unfinished, boring, and like something was missing. So I decided to add a little color by adding a green stripe on top and on bottom. I taped it off…
…and again dry brushed the green on. It still need something, so I hand painted a thin black stripe on the edge of the green stripes.
I attached picture hanging brackets on both sides of the back of the sign.
And here is the completed sign. What do you think? Does it feel a little beachy and vintage?
I hung this over my french doors for now, but I think I’ll eventually put it above my TV when I finish my bat and board treatment on that wall.
One more view…
Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend!