Sunday, March 6, 2016

My First Hand Painted Sign: Fresh Eggs

I used a piece of drawer side painted with Simply White Chalk Clay paint (CeCe Caldwell) for my Fresh Eggs sign.

I printed out Font: Snell Roundhand Black size 225 on my ink printer, trimmed the words

and chalked the back of the words. This was so I could 'see' the outlines after tracing. Didn't work for me so I will have to figure out what would be better, maybe coloured chalk? 

I flipped the letters face down, rubbed the backs with chalk, flipped them over and taped them lightly to my board. I traced over the outline of each letter with a ball point pen pressing very hard. When I finished that I traced each letter with a fine tip sharpie.

Aside: I think I wouldn't use a sharpie again, it left an outline that I couldn't hide with the paint. I am wondering if a coloured sewing chalk would work and if it could be rubbed away after the painting was finished.

If you look around the black edges you might be able to see the groves from the ball point pen tracing.

I didn't take pictures while I was painting, should have. Took awhile to find a brush with a fine enough tip for painting the thin bits. I think there is some brush shopping in my future.

A collage of the steps 

1. chose a font and print it the size you need.
I picked Font: Snell Roundhand Black and size 225 to fit my board

2. cut each word out, rub back with chalk, turn word face up and trace HARD with a pen to make groves in the wood

3. trace over the groved letters with a fine tip black sharpie

4. fill in the letters with paint - I used chalk type paint and used a selection of fine tipped brushes as I tried to get the best tip for painting.

5. when dry sand to give the sign a worn look

6. wax, polish, add hook to back

I love the sign set up with a black cast iron frying pan and vintage red egg scale.

First try, lots more to learn.


Saturday afternoon, after I had been doing a bit of cleaning up in the shed I found a green plastic school alphabet stencil. Couldn't resist the temptation so I used a piece of 2x3/4" wood, painted it Dover White , used Beckley Coal and a small stencil brush and turned the small piece of board into a two sided sign. (DH added a eyelet to hang the sign and cut the board off after the S.)

When I went to put stock in my booths Sunday I found a GREEN egg scale and just HAD to make another vignetee.

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  1. An interesting process! I've not tried hand lettering like that. Have you tried transfer? I have fairly good luck with it. I'm pretty sure I have an old drawer side out in the building.I might give your method a try!

  2. Great job! I use graphite - you can get it in both black and white. Also, a lot of time, I rub pencil on the back of the paper and then trace it onto the board with a ballpoint pen. Your's turned out really cute!


  3. Joy, The fresh eggs signs are nice. I love the egg scales. I`ve seen a few in my internet travels this weekend. Have a great day. Sylvia D.

  4. I like this idea and appreciate the instructions. Your signs are very pretty.

  5. Great sign - love how you re-used part of a drawer. I've made two myself using a similar process, but with pencil lead!

  6. Looks fabulous, sweet Joy! I think I need to make a sign like this for my kitchen - thanks for inspiring me :)

    And thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Your presence is always a delight. Hugs

  7. It was nice to see your step-by-step instructions and a 'fresh eggs' sign is perfect for country decor.

  8. I love farmhouse decor, and you did a great job! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  9. I did it! I made a sign too--you inspired me to try :) I posted pics on my blog today. Now I've got the bug to do more of them.

  10. Love your idea of stenciling on a piece of an old drawer. Thanks so much for sharing your cute sign and tutorial at Talk of the Town.

  11. Joy that's a fabulous result! Back in the day, we used tracing paper, wrote on the front, then scribbled with a 2B pencil on the reverse side of the outline, then traced over it onto the desired surface. The pencil on the back of the paper, would transfer the image as you pressed on the front of the lettering. I hope that makes sense :) Mimi xxx

  12. Painting signs is addicting and you'll also start hoarding silly pieces of wood because they'll make a cute sign.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  13. Great signs, great tips! Thank you for sharing with"Let's Talk Vintage!"


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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