Friday, July 8, 2016

How To Make A Hand Lettered Beach House Sign

The beach house needed a welcome sign, so it was time to come up with a weekend project.  I wanted to hand letter the words because the stencils just did not have the style of writing that I was looking for.

One Unfinished Wooden Sign With Rope 
Grey Paint
Black Paint
Matte Varnish
Blue Acrylic Paint Pen
Graphite Paper
Sand Paper

  1. Paint your wood sign in grey paint and allow to dry.
  2. I wanted a worn and weathered look so I applied a black wash to the board next. This can be done by watering down your paint, use a dry brush and apply some paint sparingly to the board.You can wipe off with a rag if there is too much paint in areas.
  3. Allow this to dry completely.
  4. Print out the word in a font that you like with your computer and printer.
  5. Use graphite paper to transfer your words to the painted board by placing the graphite paper on your board, put the printed words on top and trace the letters with a pencil.
  6. Now paint in the letters with the blue acrylic paint pen and allow to dry.
  7. I sanded parts of the entire board including the letters to complete the worn look I wanted.
  8. The final step was to apply a matte varnish to seal the sign.

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