I’d say I’m way overdue for another tutorial! It’s been quite awhile. About this time last year, I was prepping to open up my space at the antique mall. I thoroughly enjoyed hunting for furniture at estate sales and refinishing, but I quickly learned that my best-selling items were my hand-painted signs, something I hadn’t expected. So I decided to move out of my antique space at the beginning of Summer to focus on my signs.
I still love hitting up estate sales and markets like Canton Trade Days for merchandise, but most of my creative time is spent working on home projects and my signs these days. I’ve had an Etsy shop for the last 5 years, and I’ve recently revamped it to include more of what I’m doing now. Next week my little guy starts preschool so I can imagine what will be filling up my time on those school days pretty soon,
besides becoming a fantastic housekeeper at home and such!
I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I create my hand-painted signs, so I thought I’d share a tutorial of one of my favorite methods! I have other ways I create text, but this is my preferred way most of the time, but it does depend on the type of sign and look I’m going for. It’s great because as long as you have a computer and printer, you can create text in any font you want! You’re not limited to the fonts and/or sizes you can find stencils in.
I LOVE tutorials. Seriously, they’re one of my favorite things. I created my first sign a couple years ago as a gift. Someone near and dear to my heart was about to celebrate their first year of sobriety and I wanted to do something special in support of such an accomplishment. I found this tutorial on My *Pink* Life that gave me the idea of the charcoal. I’ve also used carbon paper and freehand, both great ways of accomplishing the same goal, but like I said, I prefer this charcoal method best.
Wood (prepped, painted, dry)
Paint of your choice (I use acrylic more than anything else)
Hanging hardware to attach afterwards (optional)
I love the power of words, decorating and I constantly crave artistic outlets, so these signs are a combination of all that!
Of course, if you don’t want to bother creating your own signs, head on over to my Etsy shop! Adding new things all the time. ;) Happy painting! (Or shopping.)