Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"P" is for Personalize

Everything gets personalized.

Trugs:


I've been doing a lot of personalizing these days.



It's fun, easy, fast and makes for great gifts.




more trugs:



addresses:


The technique I use is very simple.

Here's how:

1. Print out letters (font shown here is American Typewriter) and line up on piece.
Using a ballpoint pen trace outline of letters:


The pressure of the pen creates a slight indent in the wood.

2. Paint inside the indent:


The indent actually creates a tiny dam to hold the paint.


I use this technique on every wood piece I paint.


The look is clean and neat but still has that handpainted feel.

Detail shot on this Banksville sign proves that:



Wood and paint go hand in hand.

Up next, personalizing with fabric and thread!

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75 comments:

Darla said...

These are very nice~

KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

i like your signs. especially the address one!

Lolly Jane said...

I wondered how people hand paint and make it look so professional... we are very spoiled and use our cutter to cheat! Love your cute wood projects- you are SO talented!!!

Thanks for sharing :)

Lobelia-damen said...

LOVE!!!!!!

W :-)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Hey Jaime - you always do such a great job with your projects. I've got this one linked to my letters and numbers post today, for inspiration!

Melike said...

Thanks for sharing your technique. I would like to try sometime.

-Melike

acupofsparkle.blogspot.com

Chris said...

This is brilliant! I am so intimidated by hand-painted pieces. I love the look, but I know I don't have the steady hand. Great idea! Beautiful pieces, too!

Rachie said...

I just found a link to your post on pinterest! This is so great! I was just painting a sign for my breadstand outside our home and was having a terrible time with the lettering! I'm going to wipe the slate clean and implement your method! I'm so excited - thank you for this post!

Erin @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage said...

I was curious what kind of paint you use for the lettering? Acrylic? And what kind of paint brush? The picture looks like you use a super fine little brush?
Thanks!
Erin
meadowlakecottage@yahoo.com

Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville) said...

Brilliant! I love that the indentation from the pen makes a dam.

Kiki said...

How wonderful! Thanks for sharing your secret. It definitely is a great medium so that it looks hand-painted but also neat and clean.

peppertree said...

Hi! When you say "print out your letters", what exactly do you mean? Where are you getting these letters, and are you printing them on anything special?

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

Wow!! They all look perfect! Thanks for sharing. :)

Heidi said...

I found you on Pinterest, thanks so much for the tutorial!! I'll be trying this :)

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Fantastic! What a great idea! I'll definitely be using this.

Nicole Jeannette said...

Great idea! Very nice! :)

Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

Visiting from pinterest- these are great. Why didn't I think of this?? LOL Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Can't believe it'd really be that simple. Why didn't I think of that?! Thanks for help:)

morenumerousthansand said...

I love the simplicity and ease of just tracing the letters to make an indent in the wood. Smart!

JodieT said...

I really like this idea. The indent in the wood makes sense. Now to keep the fingers from shaking while painting. :)

Brittany @GreyGreyDesigns said...

I do that too! Except I use an xacto!

Niki Blumentritt Pierce said...

Great Idea! Thanks for sharing!

http://sweet-southern-charm.blogspot.com/

lyndsay said...

What a great idea! I'm always trying to "imitate" fonts but it never works out. This is genius. :)

GinaB said...

You make it look so easy - I'm going to have to try this!

Holly Lefevre said...

Personalizing it so great and it perfect for gifts. I love your style. I shared this on Facebook!

kristajoyfarrell said...

excellent idea!!! i've never been able to paint on wood well...such a great idea thanks~~~

Mel P said...

That's so smart! This is one of those ideas that, now that I know about it, I can't imagine doing it any other way!

lauren said...

ummm.... wow, this is so obviousy, but I never would've thought to do it! Thanks for the super helpful tip!!! :)

Venassa said...

I never would've guessed! Thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

thank you so much for sharing your idea! very generous of you!! I love all your work!!

brooke said...

Thanks. I just found this on pintrest. Just when I needed it!

Christa said...

Found and reprinted from Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! I wonder if I can use or modify this technique on canvas?

Shan said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D

Michelle said...

Also found this on pinterest, what a clever idea, will definitely be trying on my next wood project

Scott, Tara and Brooklyn Simonton said...

I love your toy boxes! Where did you get them?

The Little Helper said...

This is fantastic! Have been trying to figure out best way to do a family rules subway art piece, and I think you just made things much easier for me! Thank you!!

Well-Nested Design said...

Brilliant -- thanks for generously sharing!!

ladywiththeredrocker said...

Your signs are so professional looking! This technique is so smart! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

Virginia said...

What a great tip. Thank you very much!
V

jamiely78 said...

Found you through Pinterest and love the tip. Thank you for sharing!

Mags said...

What an excellent idea!! Saw it on Pinterest. Thx for sharing!!!

Mags said...

What an excellent idea!! Saw it on Pinterest. Thx for sharing!!!

Beth said...

awesome!! I'm definitely going to try this.

Lihudi said...

I have used large font to make letters for display boards but I use "white" as the letter color and select black outline. Saves toner, and on school projects kids can color in and cut out the letters.

Kim said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to try this!

Farmgirl Susan said...

What a great technique! Found your post via Pinterest and am so glad I did. Thanks! :)

jennifer said...

Great technique....do you make the caddies yourself or do you buy them?

jennifer said...

Great technique....do you make the caddies yourself or do you buy them?

Amy Kaminski said...

Found this on Pinterest. Love the ideas thanks for sharing!

The Stuff of Success said...

I just found this on Pinterest and I love the idea. I don't have a Silhouette so I know I will be using the information. I am stopping in from TheStuffofSuccess and I am your newest follower. Feel free to stop by and say hi.
Thanks
Athena

kidsafecandles.com said...

Thanks for the tip!! I will be using this!!

SweetPepperRose said...

Great idea and thanks for sharing your tip!
JoAnn
sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

MelanieMargaret said...

Very cool! Thanks!

Kirsten said...

I used this tutorial to make a vintage-style sign! Thanks - it really was easy!

http://alittlesplashofyellow.blogspot.ca/2012/05/diy-vintage-sign.html

a Happy Life said...

This is such a great tip!! The boards/crafts look really well painted/made. Thanks for sharing!! I think I may try to make something today!! =)

Bryan said...

Anyone know how you would adapt this technique to canvas lettering?

Jenny Yenny said...

I also know a great way to trace letters (or anything!). Simply print off the design or words, turn the paper over (or just print mirror image if you have the capability), and trace a thick line of pencil around all the edges (you may have to hold paper up to a light source). Then turn the pencil side on to the surface you want to transfer to, and use the pencil to shade heavily over the entire image! So easy and leaves a darker design you can see on the wood/plastic/whatever

Shastar said...

Wow, nice. I found this on Pinterest. I did a family name sign recently (http://irestorestuff.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/family-name-sign.html)
and used a similar method, but with shading the back with pencil. Will definitely try this next time as I like the idea of the dent making a tiny well for the paint to stop in. Thanks for sharing.

Lottie said...

This is such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing it!

I found your link over on pinterest :)

Lottie

@ thecuriousdeer.blogspot.co.uk

Julie Beck said...

I love this idea and am using it to create signs for my garden. I really love the font at the top of your blog where it says "Build-Paint-Sew". Do you know what that font is called? I would love to use it for my garden signs :)

Pistana Post said...

I am so excited that I found your blog and tutorial on how to paint letters! I've always wanted to try handpainting letters. What type of paintbrush do you recommend? I have several but none are the right kind.
Thanks!
Andrea
apistana@embarqmail.com

Sarah said...

I love this! What font did you use for the "Banksville" sign? Also, where did you get that awesome piece of wood for it? Thanks!

Sarah



sarahmorganbyrd@gmail.com

Self Sagacity said...

I have been looking for ways to paint my table top. This is an easy way, though my table is very hard surface, not sure if I can get that crease...will give it a try. Thanks!

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sarah nathan said...

Where did you buy the tool boxes?

Sarah said...

Just wanted to say thank you for this post. I found it on pinterest and you gave me the courage to re-paint a sign I had given to my husband for our first Christmas together and that now clashed with our newly painted bathroom. I'm not at all crafty and was able to make our sign over in grey to go with our sunny yellow bathroom. Thank you soooo very much!

Lisette Harzing said...

I have been searching for a tutorial like thus for ever and it sounds doable. I am really gonna try this. Thank you so much for sharing.

Gemma Johnson said...

I have been looking for an answer on how to do this for ages, every online company charges a fortune so I'm super excited to try this myself. My friend Twisted Ribbon on pinterest pointed me in your direction!

Stacey Hann said...

Seriously, I LOVE this tutorial! I have been wanting to make an "established in" sign and wondering how the heck I was going write the words. I am so excited to try your method. Thank you!!

TheArmstrongs said...

do you let the base coat dry before tracing?

Mark Bintuu said...



Your blog looks fairly informative. I appreciated it.
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Katie Byers said...

I have painted ALL of life and NEVER thought of this.

I shared you here:

http://kittnspurrfections.blogspot.com/2013/02/diy-tips-tricks-from-around-web.html?m=1

If that isn't okay, let me know and I will remove it immediately!

Sorry kid, your mom doesn't play well with others said...

Clever! I always cut out and outlined in pencil, clearly doesn't hold a candle to this idea...

ellendellen said...

love love love your eye and artistic sensibility.
will you share the name of the font you used in the two Glenwood 20/27 signs (white on blue) ?

thank you
Helena

Charlie Purplefoot said...

Thanks so much for sharing this technique - can't wait to try it!!

womanbread said...

What if you want to not only paint the letters or words in a solid color, but also have the letters outlined? I was thinking of doing the lettering in baby blue, but to make it stand out, I want to outline it in a darker blue. Have you ever tried doing outlining with this technique? Is it difficult? Does it come out as neat and straight when you paint outlines (due to the indent in the wood)? Any help, tips, suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.