Handpainted holiday sign in script:
And the backside:
This is one big sign - about 36"w x 30"h.
Heavy and thick too.
A customer, AnnMarie, brought me this piece:
Her brother had constructed and carved the frame to mimic a sign they had in their family as youngsters.
AnnMarie needed me to paint the sign.
I came up with these drawings:
She approved and I started painting.
I did pull some inspiration from historical postcards found via Google:
And everything came together in the end:
Here's how I made the sign:
1. Basecoat the inner rectangle two coats red.
*Tape off outer frame edges.
2. Print out lettering to size, layout, trace around edges with ballpoint pen to create indent in wood:
3. Paint inside indent:
4. Sketch holly, ribbon and candy cane details with pencil.
Paint, layer up the colors starting with the darkest green first:
5. Make leaves more realistic with lighter green on edges:
6. For candy cane paint white background first:
7. Add red details and holly:
8. Stain edges with Minwax Ipswich Pine.
Seal with 3 coats Helmsman exterior grade satin poly.
Definitely a different project, fun and nostalgic.
The details are perfectly simple:
And just to see the difference a little paint can make:
Thanks AnnMarie for a great Christmas project.
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