How to "Hand Letter" a Sign

What's your sign? Signs have been and continue to be all the rage in the home decor world. They help us express ourselves, share our philosophies on life, remind us to appreciate the little things or to clean up after ourselves. Maybe you have always wanted to make a sign, but thought you needed to have a "machine" to cut the vinyl. I prefer to use this quick and easy method to make "hand-lettered" signs.
I painted one of my favorite verses on a lovely chunk of rustic barnwood.
Print your letters out in Word. I love to play with the fonts. I often print them in outline so that it uses less ink. Cut around the letters, tape together pages if you printed large lettering.
If you are transferring the letters to a dark background, rub white chalk all over the back.
If you are transferring to a light background, rub pencil on the back.
Trace around the letters with a ball point pen. If you press hard you will leave an indented line in the wood. This is sometimes nice because it keeps the paint in the lines, but, most often I try to not press too hard because I don't want the indentation.
The chalk or pencil transfer is easy to see. Simply paint it now with the paint of your choice. You usually want to use a smaller paintbrush than you think is necessary.
Finish with a light spray of a clear coat to protect you sign.

Becky--Beyond The Picket Fence
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