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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Signs of Affection: My First "Commissioned" Piece

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I got an urgent email yesterday. It was from a friend of mine who is expecting her first Grandson in a few weeks. The note contained a link to a blog post from Corner House, (an adorable blog, by the way), and this photo:             
PHOTO CREDIT AND INSPIRATION: CORNER HOUSE

       
The note read:
        "Hi!  I know that you're really busy getting ready for The Barn Sale, but I have a huge favor to ask:  Do you think that you'd have time to make a sign like this one for me? The shower for my daughter-in-law is next weekend. The Nursery is Navy and White, Nautical Theme, with Cherry furniture and I know that XXX (name withheld due to the fact that this is a surprise) would just love it if you made this for her!  If you don't think that you'll have time, I completely understand. Let me know soon, please, so that I know if I need an alternative plan." 

Me? Not have the time do do something so simple and so adorable for a friend?! No way! I had a stack of boards already in the garage for signs that I'm making for the Barn Sale next weekend. So, I got started.







 

 The finished sign is just under 4 feet wide and about 42 inches tall. It will hang on the wall behind the crib for now, but could also be used as a headboard for a "big boy bed" later on.

I whitewashed the boards using watered-down white latex paint (semi gloss). The letters were painted using Thunder blue craft paint. There are a number of ways to get the letters onto the board, draw, trace, stencil, stamp. Whatever suits your fancy. I tend to finely draw in pencil then adjust as I paint. I finished the sign using water borne  (LOW VOC) polyurethane. I kept the entire sign as non-toxic and low odor as possible since it will be in a nursery.

You may have also noticed that I work from bottom to top, right to left. This is due to the fact that I'm left handed and I find that my hands and arms stay out of the wet paint better when I work in this fashion. 


NOTE: For the record, using a 70x300 zoom lens to try to take photos indoors is NOT fun. I'm checking around for a Nikon 18x200 (or equivalent)  that I can borrow for a couple of weeks. Anyone? Anyone at all?! Bueller?!!?

xo,

S

P.S. I am making another sign like this one that will be for sale at Nellie's Barn Sale Next Weekend! (Because if I had been doing a sign for a friend rather than making something to sell next weekend my friend, Ann, would have been well, let's just say, "really unhappy" with me.   I'll be posting more items as I make them this week.

Linking to:
At The Picket Fence
Be Different, Act Normal
Beyond the Picket Fence
Chic on a Shoestring
Common Ground
DIY Showoff
Embracing Change
Funky Junk
Homemaker in Heels
Homemaker on a Dime
I gotta Try That
Miss Mustard Seed
Nifty Thrifty
Redoux
Six Sisters Stuff
TaterTots and Jello
Uncommonly Yours
You Are Talking Too Much

9 comments:

  1. What a lovely sign and so simple :)

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  2. Your sign turned out so wonderful! Happy Sunday!xx Holly

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  3. This is GREAT! You are so talented! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

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  4. What a beautiful sign! I just finished my first planked wood sign. Your's is fabulous!!

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  5. Hi Kimberly,

    Did you had write all those letters without any stencils? If so, very impressed and it came out perfectly.

    Lynnie

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    1. Hi Lynnie, Yes, I did them without stencils, I sketch them in pencil and then fill them in with a paintbrush. I took calligraphy for two semesters in high school and have always loved lettering. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  6. I love your sign! It looks so rustically adorable!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  7. How very sweet! It looks fabulous & I know your friend was more than thrilled! I hope you'll also share at my Gettin' Krafty With It party (on Tuesdays) that is just for posting projects/crafts/etc.

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