I've had a sign in mind for weeks now and much to my frustration, it just wasn't coming together.
|Vickie's Beach Sign|
Enter inspiration from:
Vickie at Ranger 911's scrumptious beach sign. I loved the soft colours, shape and shading...
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... and this cute garden shed sign.
A few minutes at the computer and I was in business. I loved the pointing finger and bird. I wanted a lady's hand and actually found free brushes here. In flew the chickadee (we love our chickadees) and then the shape (banner 3 in Photo Shop Elements' shape templates). I used one of my favourite fonts, Muffaroo, and added the shading in PSE. I haven't the skills of the artiste Vickie to free hand it yet. :)
Out came the trusty ole fence boards, jigsaw and graphite paper. I cut the shape first and transferred the design after sanding the edges.
The font I chose is wiggly, and I'm not sure I'd choose it again for a sign, but I like it. Michael's was out of fine tipped paint pens so I used a Sharpie Brush Tip. I don't think I'll do that again either. It required a light touch and my lines could be much better. As well, the black is a bit purple compared to the paint, so I will paint another for outdoors. After drying overnight we were ready for sanding.
Even before the edges were painted my assistant was trying the sign on for size.
I love how these old fence boards show the wood grain in the lettering after a light sanding. I thought I would paint a thin blue line just inside the outside edge, but my assistant said "Mom, less is more". I guess they do listen sometimes. :)
This is where I intended to hang my sign... coming around the side of the house to the back yard. One of my favourite plants, the flowering raspberry, is doing fantastic here in this shady spot. I love how the flowers look so similar to our Wild Alberta Rose.
It is not even close to the sign I thought I'd be making this week, but I love it. It's amazing what a little friendly inspiration will do for you.
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