Having made a pillow for Lily the other day I decided to make something for Seth's room.
We've had the most torrential rain here for the last few days so my husband couldn't go outside to cut me some wood - I admit it - I'm scared of power tools! I am thinking of buying myself a jigsaw though so I may well overcome this phobia.
Anyway someone had ordered a wooden sign from me and I had some lengths of wood cut at the Timber Merchants.
So with one of the spare pieces I thought I would make him a sign for his room.
As much as American's seem to adore anything with a European feel to it (particularly French) we Brits have a passion for anything which seems remotely American.
I played around with words and initially printed off NANTUCKET but it was too short for the piece of wood so I decided on ATLANTIC SHIPPING as it had a nice look and sound to it.
Before I even started on the lettering I mixed some black and red paint to make a browny shade and painted this randomly onto my piece of wood. I then sanded it back and painted over it in white three times each time sanding lightly in between and sanding a lot on the areas where the brown paint was so that it would show through.
I then scribbled over the back of the paper I had printed off and taped it, right side up, onto the painted wood.
I then traced around the edge of each letter and removed the paper so that an outline of the letters was seen on the wood.
I then 'cheated' by going over this with a Sharpie marker pen (is this cheating? Do the professionals do this or would they turn their noses up at my amateurishness?! Is that even a word?!)
Then came the hard part - painting each letter with a tiny brush with black paint.
I've realised that as creative as I like to think I am :) detailed painting definitely does not come naturally to me. Maybe it's because it was around 11.30pm or that I was listening to Deadliest Catch on the TV and kept getting up to watch bits or that I'm just crap at detailed painting, however I found this really hard to do.
The letters in shipping are slightly thicker and closer together than the ones in Atlantic - I was obviously very tired then and just wanted to get it finished!
My P's are a bit squiff!
But my son loved it when I showed it to him and couldn't believe I was giving it to him and not selling it!
I hasten to add I do give my kids stuff but lately I've been really busy building up stock so it's all gone away in boxes - my kids aren't deprived, honestly!
This was quite an easy project to do and for someone who has a steadier hand than me you could really come up with something pretty cool.
I don't know whether to try and paint the letters in Atlantic a bit thicker so they look more like the Shipping or just to leave it as it is and pretend it was painted by some old signwriter with a drink problem or a gammy eye!
What would you do?