Friday, August 27, 2010
DIY Wedding Sign
I didn't have any weathered boards on hand, so I decided to make my own. I find that "aging" wood can be a real stress reliever. I started with a plain board that I found and beat the crap out of it with a rock. I also dropped the board on a cement floor a couple of times, and banged the corners for good measure. Then I painted the whole thing bright purple, it was at this point that my dog walked across the board and left a footprint. It was her little addition to the artwork, unfortunately it didn't show through all the layers of paint. Once the purple was dry, I added a coat of crackle medium. I have found that the thicker the crackle medium, the better the crackles. I wanted my board to look old and neglected, so I just slapped it on and let it dry over night. The next morning, I put on a layer of ivory paint, which subsequently crackled showing some of the purple through. Voila, weathered board, that happens to be in my wedding colors... imagine that. I gave the board a couple hours to dry, and then I varnished the whole thing with a satin brush on varnish. I wanted to put something between the crackle medium and my lettering so that the letters didn't crackle. Finally, with green paint, I painted out my lettering. Again, I let everything dry for a couple hours and added another coat of varnish to seal it off. I hot glued some ribbon on the back to make it a bit easier to hang. Now that my first sign is made, I think I am going to make a couple more to point out parking areas, restrooms, the guestbook table, etc. like I said, "aging" wood is fun. My sister made the suggestion that I use driftwood for the next sign, which would imply a trip to the beach... totally think I can handle that!