Monday, March 23, 2015

Making A Monogram Wood Sign

The thing about 

one simple letter

is that it makes bold graphic art.

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It's the kind of wall art that you can leave up year round.

So I thought I would share how I made this one.

Start with a 24" x 24" utility panel (or plywood).

Nail wood panel onto 2 boards that support the back sides.

Then cut furring strips to frame the edge.

Using black, white, and raw sienna,

I made a blend of paint that appears to have a lot of layers

in the gray.

Keep blending in a criss cross motion

until you get a layered look

that you like.

I like to see the actual brush stroke.

Handmade, ya know.

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Paint the frame edge in a mushroom tan.

I mix brown, camel, and raw sienna to get that tan.

Then brush white randomly on top of that.

It will be a worn and layered look.

You can see the layers here on the side:

I print the letter in photoshop

(using Ecuyer Dax font)

and chalk transfer to the dry board.

Paint in off white.

I use Crumb Cookie - Lowes Olympic.

Then add a camel and brown glaze.

Use a baby wipe to wipe down in areas that are too dark.

Shade edges with a brown gray mix.

I found a large existing frame

and put a utility panel board in that

to make an even bigger Monogram wall art.

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I want to try these in other colors too!

If you do - send me a pic : )


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

EAT Drink and be Merry Marquee Sign and Wine Storage

A little BIG something

for my Dining Room Wall!

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This has been my marathon project

since I sketched it out about four months ago!

I think I could be obsessed with building things

if I had all of the right tools.

My builds are very rough,

but they look okay from a distance.

( sorry Dad)

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So it looks like one large unit,

but is really two pieces.

The Large EAT letters are cut from 3/8 " plywood.

They are painted white and rubbed with

English Chestnut Stain.

The base color for the sign is a medium gray.

Then I criss cross brush on a glaze of

raw sienna and floetrol.

I also rubbed on stain in places.

It's a hodge podge of grunginess.

Just keep layering colors.

I painted the wine storage

with a mix of Raw Sienna, Brown, and Camel.

While it was still wet, I brushed on some white.

It's not an exact science : )

I love to play with color layers.

Attach the letters with Liquid Nails

and a couple of small screws.

Let dry.

Mark light locations.

I bought my globe lights at Target.

Use a 3/4" spade bit and drill through.

Chalk transfer letters and paint white 

with a dark charcoal shadow.

Stain to grunge.

I added some hooks from Hobby Lobby

for my coffee mugs.

I will keep wine and coffee in the wood bin.

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I love coffee anything

and twinkly lights.

So this will be a happy wall!

Hope it inspires you!


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