Faux Watercolor Painted Sign

Are you a sign-lover, like I am?  I think it has to do with my love for words.

I love how a simple word or phrase can carry so much meaning.  One quick glance at a quote or song-snippet and you’re giving yourself (and your children) a quiet reminder of something important.

This week I finally got around to doing a little project I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  It’s so simple that I thought you might like to make one, too.

Fortunately for me, my husband is a sheet metal mechanic (a legacy his father gave him, and one he is passing on to our son.)

His Part:

1. I asked him to cut me a piece of metal from some scraps he had.  He cut a piece 14 x 32 inches, and used his brake to round the edges.**

2. He then drilled 2 holes near the top, and I hammered the sharp edges of the holes down on the back.

3. He cleaned the metal with an acid wash he has, and scrubbed it with an abrasive pad, then rinsed thoroughly and let dry outside.  This took some of the shininess away.

My Part:

I wanted the look of brushed-on watercolor words without actually brushing on watercolor words.

1. So I planned out the placement of the words by laying paper on the sign, like this:

2. Then I sketched out the verse on the pages.

3. I moved the pages out of the way, and just freehanded the same words, now that I had an idea of where I wanted them, and what the spacing should be.  If free-handing scares you, read on!


Here’s the trick that gave the words that brushstroke look…

It’s a chiseled-edge (oil-based) paint pen.

And here’s the best part:
When painting on the metal, if you keep a damp paper towel handy, you can wipe away mistakes while they are still wet, and start again!  Just don’t wait until the letters dry!

4. Then I threaded some jute twine (doubled) through the holes and tied knots, and that’s it!

A sign that speaks to those who live here, and hopefully, all who enter.
We signed our work like true artists. 😉
**Notice the edge on the back that is rolled for safety.
Without this step, the edges of metal are very sharp!
What word-related projects have you done lately?  I love inspiration!
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  1. Amy | Canary Street Crafts | 30th Mar 15

    This is so pretty! Your handwriting is perfect and the sign turned out great.

  2. Lynn Riggs Driver | 31st Mar 15

    Thanks, Amy. That's so sweet. 🙂

  3. Karen @ karensuponthehill | 31st Mar 15

    I love this! Your handwriting is so lovely and the paint pen tip is great! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  4. Lynn Riggs Driver | 1st Apr 15

    Thank you, Karen. 🙂

  5. Holly McBerty | 1st Apr 15

    So pretty! I've never seen the chiseled paint pens! Thanks for letting me know and thank you for linking up with Waiting on…Wednesday at While I'm Waiting!

  6. Lynn Riggs Driver | 2nd Apr 15

    Love them! Thanks for commenting, and for hosting. 😉

  7. Cindy Hasko | 2nd Apr 15

    So very pretty and inspirational! 🙂

  8. Lynn Riggs Driver | 2nd Apr 15

    Thanks, Cindy. 😉

  9. Kimberly Lewis | 3rd Apr 15

    This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

  10. Lynn Riggs Driver | 4th Apr 15

    Thank you, Kimberly. I'll be there! 😉

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