Welcome to the party! Welcome to our home! Come on in and stay awhile! NOTHING says "hello and welcome" and "we are happy you are here" better than a welcome sign that literally spells it out! Here is our baby shower sign..
I love painting signs..... and I love showing others how easy it is to do! Today's sign...... is courtesy of another Goodwill find!
I've painted so many of these old vanity mirror frames and used them as signs. The mirrors are long gone likely broken into pieces. But the frames have survived and serve as a beautiful canvas for your message. Today I used Dixie Belle SIlk line in Hampton Olive. It is the most beautiful green/gray that gives off a true natural vibe. This was perfect for this baby shower sign in a boho theme. The decor was pampus grass, natural wood beads, eucalyptus leaves, succulents and splashes of gold. I knew Hampton Olive was the perfect color to set the tone right at the front door!
I simply wiped down the back board that had been previously painted with a chalky black and painted it with a single coat of Hampton Olive and let dry.
I then taped off the lines for the smaller straighter letters that will be drawn last just to hold the space. Regardless of the size of your letters.... it really helps to have a visual of where they will be. And having tape in place also serves as a great guide for the bottom line.
It's best to use chalk as your first writing tool as its super easy to remove with a cloth. I freehand my script letters as you see here. This is very easy to overthink.... but if you just give yourself a little grace..... and enjoy the process..... you can make any script look good!
The "double-down" method is GOLD! It is the tip to making your scrappy handwriting look legit!! You can watch this "double-down" process on the YouTube video that I share with you at the end of this blog! Once you learn this trick you will feel like pro!!!
Here you see me writing the smaller block letters in chalk and then removing tape once done.
It completely depends on the sign as to whether I choose a paint pen or paint brush..... and on this sign I used both! Below you can see me using an oil based paint pen to draw directly over the chalk lines of the smaller letters. And once you've done this and the paint is dry..... you can just wipe away your exposed chalk lines with a cloth.
The larger letters require more paint.... and to be honest I love painting letters with a brush! I used Dixie Belles Silk in Whitecap. Silk is a bit thinner than the CMP line and flows beautifully for hand lettering! You can see below how easy it is to fill in the "double-down" letters of "Welcome" with Whitecap!
Baby Shower Sign finale:
From here I simply painted the sliver of the moon and a few hand drawn stars and called it a day! I had previously painted the frame in Whitecap as well (2 coats) and would you just look at Hampton Olive next to the crisp and freshly painted frame!
Along with the baby shower sign, you may notice that I also painted a smaller sign with the baby's name on it. I did this over a clearance item sign that I bought at Hobby Lobby for $4.49.
I painted the little sign in Hampton Olive and the frame in Whitecap. And again.... I taped off the bottom line to freehand my letters in chalk..... and then trace over them in the paint pen.... and wiped away exposed chalk line with rag..... and done! NO topcoat is needed with the Silk line. So not only is perfect for hand lettering.... is quicker for any project! They used the sign as decor at the shower.... but also as a gift to the precious momma to use in the baby nursery!
Speaking of the precious mom...... meet Jessica...... a beautiful friend of our family...... and 7 months pregnant with her little baby boy... posing with MY granddaughter Miss Harlow Jean!
There is always a way to make someone feel really special........ and personalizing signs.... big or small..... is a really easy way to do that! It's just taking the time to invest in the extra details..... and you don't even have to break the bank! I hope this helps you to see how easy it really is!
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