For me, there’s nothing more fun than painting a sign! (I know, I’m not exactly the life of the party!)
With so many finished and unfinished wood cut outs available these days, it’s easy to find almost any shape for your sign! I’ve been wanting to play around with a cut out in the shape of the United States and I found this small one just in time for July 4th!
I got this one for $3.00 at Target Dollar Spot and it was really cute to begin with…
But I thought I’d use it as a guinea pig and paint over the flag design…
This is a little painting and sign making technique that you can use on any shape piece of wood…got a minute, I’ll show you how…
Here’s What You Need:
*Cut out (if you’re looking for a small US cutout and your Target Dollar Spot doesn’t have any HERE is a source that sells them for $1.00!)
*Paint- 3 colors (I used : Americana Multi Surface in: Deep Midnight Blue- Costal Waters- Dark Scarlet )
*Paint for letters (I used Americana Multi Surface in Cotton Balls )
Here’s What You Do
Paint a coat of paint over the cut out … Let dry-
With a second color paint random brush strokes here there and everywhere… Let dry-
With a third color, paint a few smaller brush strokes on top of the other paint… Let dry-
Go back over the entire piece with your original color…while the paint is still wet gently wipe away some of the top coat with a wet paper towel or baby wipe… the other colors will start to show through…Let dry-
Using a photo editor (Photoshop or Pic Monkey) create your graphic- Print and cut the words out & place them on your sign…
Using chalk if your painted surface is dark or pencil if your painted surface is light, color the back of the paper where the letters are printed.
Put the graphic exactly where you want it and using a pen trace over the letters…The chalk (or pencil ) will act like carbon paper and transfer the letters to the painted surface. Now you have lines to follow! Paint over the transferred letters… (use a detail round brush or even a paint pen!)
After you paint your letters use a fine grit sand paper and gently sand back over the entire piece…
Wood cut outs are super inexpensive and they are perfect to just play around with!
Thanks to DecoArt for providing paint for all my projects!