Monday, May 9, 2016

Painted Beach Sign

Aloha crafters!
Today we are going to make this painted beachy sign for Kailua, Hawai'i using hand lettering skills, and a few easy to find supplies.

***The Craft Coordinator Erika currently offers a fantastic hand lettering class at our Pearl City location where you can take home new calligraphy writing skills and give all your cards and sayings new flair!

The Supplies we will need:

  • Acrylic paint in the colors Lime Sorbet and Turquoise
or Yellow and Coral
  • Fine round tip brush small enough for lettering
  • Pretreated ready to decorate wood sign with rope handle
  • E6000 glue in clear
  • Decocolor acrylic paint marker in white
  • pencil and eraser
  • Stickles glitter glue in diamond
  • One large white starfish
  • package of shells

First, sketch your beachy town name on to the middle of your sign, leaving room on the ends for the shells and starfish. You can always erase your lines if you make a mistake.

Next, you'll want to use your white Decocolor acrylic marker and fill in the letters you drew with pencil. This will make your paint nice and bright, so the white will act as a clean background and a guide.

Then after waiting for 5 mins for the white paint to dry, begin your ombre paint look. Use your fine tip detailing brush. Pour out each color of paint on your palette. Then make another mixture of the two colors as your in-between color. This will ensure a super smooth gradient.

Paint your outside color on each side of your word. Then clean your brush with water and paint your inside color on the middle of the word. Using the new mixture you made, smooth out the transition and use water if necessary to help blend even more.

After paint is completely dry, (minimal dry time of 30 mins), take your Stickles Diamond glitter glue and squeeze a tiny bit out along some of your letters as sparkly highlights. Either use a brush or your finger to smooth it out along the letter. Because this sign is a natural wood, I used minimal touches of glitter to keep it more on the subtle side.

Then for the finishing touches, use your E6000 glue to adhere your starfish, shells and net!
Let sit overnight to completely cure. There you have it! Super cute beachy sign. This would be cute to customize as someone's name as a gift, or use your own beachy town as the word. Even use calming words like "love, inspire, create, simplify, relax, breathe, etc" would be adorable. Have fun! Use any two similar colors to put your own twist on it.

Bethany @ Enchanted Lake

1 comment:

  1. Love the look of thee signs! They would make good address markers.