Lettering for wood signs, DIY wood sign tutorial #CreativeChristmas

Lettering for wood signs, DIY wood sign tutorial #CreativeChristmas


Hello crafty friends, welcome to another Smiling
Colors video. I’m Smitha and in today’s video I’ll
show you how to create your own hand lettered wood sign. It’s a simple 4 step project, and you don’t
have to know any calligraphy to do this at all! Today I am taking part in the Creative Christmas
Challenge hosted by Remodelaholic, check out the description box for more details! Let’s get started with our project shall
we? Here’s what you will need: something to
letter on- I have this shaped wooden plank today Unless you plan to free hand this, you
will need a template of sorts- I printed this one off my computer. Next, to transfer your design onto the wooden
board you will can use a transfer paper (I’ll ink to this one in my blog post it is really
neat! You’ll need a pencil and the star of this
show- a good oil based marker. This one is the Mono Twin permanent marker. Finally, if you wish to add a protective coat
at the end, you will need a paint brush, I have a water based multi surface sealer here. Towards the end of this video I will talk
more about this sealer. Step 1: We need to center our design on the
wood. The simplest way to do this is by trimming
around the design to remove the excess paper. Now we are able to see more of the wooden
plank beneath and can easily eyeball the placement. You’ll also need to cut out the transfer
paper to size and then lay the transfer paper down onto the wood, wth the darker side down,
and place the design on top. To prevent shifting and to make sure that
everything stays in place while we trace, lets tape this down with some tacky painters
tape or washi tape. Step 2: Now using a pencil or pen, start tracing
the outline of the design. I like to turn my work by 45 degrees to make
it easier on my hand. I’m going to carefully lift the edge here
to show you how the transfer is coming along. Pretty neat right! Now go ahead and trace the entire design,
and when you are done- here’s a tip for you: Peel off just one of the tapes holding
everything in place, lift up the papers carefully to make sure you have traced over everything. This way, you have missed anything, you can
still go place the papers back into position and fix it. Mine is looking good so I am ready to ink
it now! Step 3: Now we color in our design. I am using the Mono Twin permanent marker,
this is a great OIL based marker. It actually comes with two tips, I am using
the marker tip today. The other one, the pen tip is actually the
one I use for all of my illustrating. So needless to say, this is a favorite marker
pen of mine. Slowly trace the outlines we have with the
marker. Go really slow to start with- since this wood
has a bumpy texture it takes a few minutes to get used to writing on. Once you have the outline go in and color
it in completely. You can paint the insides with a black paint
instead too but I wasn’t patient enough to let paint dry today, so I just quickly colored
in the letters. You can alternately switch to a bigger chisel
tip marker if you want if you are doing perhaps a bigger wooden piece. But you want to make sure to use an oil based
marker, if it water based, it will not work on this slick surface at all. Now I’m almost done here, but I want to
point out that coloring this way on wood might fray your marker tip like you see here. That’s because my wood was bumpy with grooves
and everything. It still works fine, but it’s not as pointed
as it was before. Step 4: Step back and look if you need any
touch ups and then seal in the paint. I found out that on this wood plank some areas
didn’t take the marker as well as the others. Like the M over here, it has these two areas
which were tough to color. Instead of fiddling with it too much, I let
it dry and will go over it a second time. This wood has a distressed look, and near
these distressing it was not easy to color. On the white areas it was great coloring! If you see any areas where you have some random
marks from the transfer paper, you can use this Mono sand eraser to simple erase them
away. This erase is like the magic undo button. After a few minutes, I just went back and
colored over those areas a second time, and this time it worked beautifully!! I touched up all the areas that had a bit
of white peeking. And here is how it looks all done! I love the contrast of the black on the white-
simple and modern. I also love easy it was to achieve this faux
calligraphy look on the wood! If your piece is going to end up outdoors,
you will most definitely want to add a protective sealant. Mine is going to be kept indoors on my mantle. Before you apply your sealer onto your work
you want to make sure it will work fine with the wood and pen you have used. You definitely do not want to paint the sealer
on, only to have your design bleed or smudge. That would be heart breaking. Once you have chosen the right one-first test
it on the wrong side of your piece. I flipped over my work here, and under the
price sticker I’ve actually tested my pen here before I started this project video even. It didn’t smudge so I was happy to use it. Now let’s color in a bigger area,
to test the sealer. I am using a Americanas Multi purpose sealer
and I have picked up a bit of it onto my paintbrush and I will just paint that over our black
pen marks. and I am going back and forth with my brush
to make sure everything is applied and you can see here that the black did not bleed
or smudge at all. The sealer coat remains clear and neat. My black line wasn’t drawn neatly but you
can see how awesome this sealer is! I will leave a link to it below in the description
box so you can find it easily- it is water based and can be used on many many different
surfaces. And here is our finished project from today! I love how the scripted word merry looks-
and it was so easy to do! I enjoy hand lettering but some times its
great to do an easy mode project where all you need to do is trace and color. Let me know in the comments below if you liked
this technique and if you make something do share a photo with me! I would love to see what you create! I’ll leave links to everything mentioned
today- my blog, that awesome sealer ad the Christmas challenge you tube description box
below- so check those out. You guys are amazing, thank you so much for
spending some crafty time with me today. Make sure you check out the entire Creative
Christmas challenge that Remodeloholic is hosting today- it is jam packed with awesome
ideas- let me know in the comments below which ones are favorite from these!

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