How to Make a Hand Painted Sign!

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This tutorial has been revised from the original so please 
excuse the mismatched photos but you will get the idea.

This tutorial is picture heavy but I really want you to
grasp the step by step concept.

Let’s make a hand painted sign!
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I bought a pre-cut 12x24 pine board from a home improvement store and painted a couple coats of white primer. Whatever paint you use make sure it’s flat paint and NEVER gloss!
(a high gloss paint will peel right up with your stencil)
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I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut a stencil.
This baby cuts 12 inches by 10 feet!
I was making a 12x24 sign so I set my width and height to 12x24 and got started on my design.
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The software that comes with the Silhouette is crazy awesome!
ANY font I have on my computer, my Silhouette will cut!
So, no need for expensive cartridges!
I like to use Dafont.com and Fontsineed.com for free fonts.
Another awesome feature is the Silhouette's tracing tool…so if I find an awesome image online like one of Graphic Fairy’s, I just save it as a picture, open in my silhouette and trace it!
(Tracing will be a whole other tutorial)
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Once my layout was designed, it was time to cut it out. I use contact paper to cut my stencil. When making a stencil , it's a lot cheaper to use contact paper instead of vinyl. 

I cut the contact paper 12x24 and feed it into my Silhouette. No mat needed…I set the blade to a 1, speed to a 5 and thickness to a 5.
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Once the design is cut…it’s time to weed out the letters with the aid of an exacto knife.
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A perfect stencil!
Now you will need to transfer it to your board with
the use of transfer paper.
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Silhouette has awesome transfer paper. 12x10ft rolls.
Plain and grid to help you line up your image.
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As a business owner I go through a ton of transfer paper so I buy 100ft rolls from H&H Sign Supply.
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Roll out the transfer paper over the stencil.
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Smooth it out with a spreader or credit card and give it a good rubbing so the transfer paper sticks to the stencil.
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Next, flip over the paper and peel off the backing of the contact paper.
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Now you can stick the stencil onto your pre-painted 12x24 board.
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I usually just eye ball to make sure my stencil is straight on the board. You can also use a tape measure to make sure the letters from the end of the board on one side, match the letters on the other
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When you are satisfied with the placement of your stencil, give it a good rubbing so that your stencil sticks to the board. This will prevent any bleeding from the paint.
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Now you’re ready to remove the transfer paper. I like to peel it off in strips with a sign this size.
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Now your stencil is in place and you are ready to paint your sign!
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Picking paint colors is the hardest part!
Should every letter be a different color? or every line?
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Once you find the perfect colors ..remember a little goes a long waySmile
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Just like stenciling anything you want to use a sponge and off load most of the paint and dab dab dab dab to prevent any bleeding of the paint.
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Dab Dab Dab Dab!
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All dabbed and Almost done!
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When you are done dabbing, peel the stencil off. No need to wait for the paint to dry…it’s best to peel off while wet.
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You will need the aid of the exacto knife again to pull up any stencil left behind.
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Now if you like a nice clean look you can seal with some poly and be done………BUT for me I love a distressed look.
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So I bust out my palm sander and give it a once over…
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and use some distress ink on all the edges. You can find this at Hobby Lobby in many colors.
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Isn't it Pretty!
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Seal it with a coat of poly and it’s all done!
A little time consuming but such a beautiful hand painted sign!
Here’s a few more I’ve made using the same technique:

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I hope you feel inspired!
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5 comments:

Jamie Dorobek said...

you blogged!!! and I love it :) What a fun sign! I hope you and your store are doing AWESOME! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

Saxon @ Lets Drink Coffee, Darling said...

Too cute! Just found you through the Craft-O-Maniac link party, glad I did! Great job on the sign!

Bethany said...

Love this! My sis has a silhouette, I will have to borrow it ;)

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

This is such a cute sign! Thanks for the tip about the gloss paint, no wonder it peals when I pull up my stencil, I will use flat in the future!

tahnie said...

this is adorable! thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

i'm thrilled to be your newest follower. i found you through the sugar and dots facebook page.

happy sunday to you!
xoxo.

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