Saturday, February 25, 2012

Land of 10,000 Lakes Sign

Also known as Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes is my birthplace.

land of 10,000 lakes handpainted sign



land of 10,000 lakes handpainted sign

Minnesota holds a special place in my heart, I was born and raised there.

land of 10,000 lakes handpainted sign 

I spent some time on these lakes:

Moore Lake in Fridley, MN
Coal Lake in Browerville, MN
Pleasant Lake in North Oaks, MN
Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN

and there are many others like White Bear Lake and Lake Owen (although technically in Wisconsin).

handpainted sign without vinyl cutting machine

handpainted sign without vinyl cutting machine

Inspired by Nicole Meyer's Branding 10,000 Lakes project where she creates a logo for a Minnesota lake, one lake, one logo, every day.

Below is what she created for Coal Lake and Gull Lake:

branding 10,000 lakes projectbranding 10,000 lakes project

And then I added the outline of the state, inspired by these state themed postcards:

state themed postcard

And placed my sign prominently above our bed, my husband hails from New York City so this Midwestern girl deserves a little reminder of the good old days:

minnesota sign above bed

Here's how I made the sign:

1. Using a piece of 3/4" pine, paint two coats Behr swiss coffee:

how to make a handpainted sign

2. Print out lettering to fit sign.
Layout and trace letters with ballpoint pen which leaves an indent in the wood:

how to make a handpainted sign

3. Paint inside the indent:

handpainting letters without vinyl cutting machine

4. Layer the colors and add state outline:

handpainting letters without vinyl cutting machine

5. Ready for distressing, stain and clear poly.

handpainting letters without vinyl cutting machine

minnesotat state sign

Thanks Minnesota for many years of great memories.

minnesotat state sign

11 comments:

  1. I love that sign Jaime!! You've done a fantastic job on it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You are very talented. It looks great. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

    ReplyDelete
  3. That sign is so awesome. And goes perfectly in the room, which is styled to perfection. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Back up! I hadn't heard of this branding of the lakes, but I am headed there NOW! That sign is perfection and this MN lake girl may have to do my own version! Wheeee!

    ReplyDelete
  5. LOVE it!! We spent many of our family vacations on Gull Lake and now kayak on the many smaller lakes around us. While our MN summers are short, they can't be beat!

    The sign is the perfect addition to your wonderfully eclectic bedroom.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I like your sign a lot, and absolutely love the headboard! It's amazing what you can do with shutters!

    ReplyDelete
  7. that looks awesome! i love the color it adds to the room!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You could make those and sell them here in Minnesota - the folks would gobble them up!

    ~Bliss~ (I pinned it too).

    ReplyDelete
  9. <3 the sign & Minnesota! Twin Cities gal here too! :)

    Pamela
    PBJstories.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a great job you did on your sign, and I love the meaning behind it. We have lots of great beaches and lakes here in Ontario and I have always thought of doing a sign listing them all. Your idea of the map outline makes it make more sense.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I didn't grow up in Minnesota but I've now lived here for over nine years. I love the lakes and all that this State is. You created such a beautiful piece! Stopping by from the State Pride linky party. :-)

    ~Sarah

    ReplyDelete