Sunday, September 25, 2011

"G" is for Gather

Painted GATHER sign

For Fall, for family, for anytime.

Originally I had drawn up this sign as an option for a special order:

The customer decided on different look so I made her this sign:

But I still had the drawing and letters all ready printed out so I made use of the supplies and upcoming season to make this sign:

I did my best to keep the wheat from looking like a feather, I hope it's convincing.

Here's how I made the sign:

1. Painted 3/4" plywood scrap off white.
Print out GATHER letters to fit sign.
Trace letters using ballpoint pen to leave indent in wood.

2. Paint letters inside the indent left by the pen, first red, then brown.

3. Paint thin red border around edge.

4. Paint wheat starting with straw color paint, laying in the basic shape.
Then add lighter yellow and dark brown for details.

5. Sign ready for distressing.

6. Add brown 'shadow' lines to letters to give depth.
Stain with Minwax special walnut.
Seal with poly and add 2 sawtooth hangers on back.

Detail of distressing:

This sign will be at Harvestfest in Banksville on Oct. 1.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project


  1. i like your version much better, thanks for sharing, I pinned it

  2. I don't think the wheat looks like feathers at all! It looks very much like wheat.
    It's a great sign, Jaime. My first thought when I saw it was of harvest.

  3. This is perfect for fall. It's lovely! I love your version too. :)

    P.S. I'm having a $50 cash giveaway on my blog this week. Come by when you have a chance! :)

  4. What a lovely sign for Autumn! I think your technique of transferring the letters by indenting with a ball point pen is so clever... I'll definitely have to keep that in mind! Thanks for the great info!

  5. This is just wonderful! I love the simplicity of it. Yet it's beautiful.

  6. They both are great! I am drawn to signs of all kinds.

  7. Nice Job :)

    and do not miss.....




    WELCOME :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  8. love it!!! your wheat stalks look great!! We live in the wheat state and I am getting ready to do a project with wheat stalks too! we seem to always be on the same wavelength! we featured you AGAIN!!