However, I still had a naked wall in that hall bathroom. I have been going for a kind of beachy theme--blue walls, a little ship model on the shelf. I thought maybe a sign would go well--I had seen some extra plywood with some character that my husband had stashed in the garage--perfect for a sign. I thought at first about a "BEACH" sign--but then I was afraid that was too summery. I didn't want to make a piece of art only to have to make another one in a couple of months! So I racked my brain as to what to put on this little sign.
Then I looked again at the bathroom.
Hmmm. Ship. Boats...I could make a sign that just says "BOATS"--It would fit into the kind of nautical theme I had going, and since I wanted to make a rough, shabby sign, I could make it look like it was an old sign with lots--and lots!--of wear and layers, followed by a lot of neglect and salt spray! Perfect!
So this is how I started:
I took a cool board--this one is a piece of plywood.
The color is Valspar's Indigo Streamer. I did a sort of dry brush technique where I wasn't trying to cover everything, but took a semi-loaded brush and then dragged it around with the grain, even when there wasn't much paint left on the brush.
Then I did the same dry brush technique with the lighter blue, also Valspar--Weathered Glass. Both of these blues were from free samples.
Once the both blue paints was dry, I took a very small brush--a detail art brush--and freehanded the letters in white craft paint. I wanted this to look very rustic. I then painted some silver paint on the white letters, while the white paint was still wet.
After the white/silver letters were dry, I took red craft paint and the wrong end of my detail paintbrush.
I took the red paint made "shadows" by dragging the red paint at edge of the white at the left and bottom edges of the letters.
Once the red paint was dry, I took this sign outside and sanded it to give the paint a gentler, more worn look, working hard at the edges and to wear down the lettering. I wanted this sign to look worn, like it had been discarded at a marina or old boat yard.
Here are the results. I didn't take a picture of it inside the bathroom yet, since there is a lack of good light. Oh, and I would have had to stand on the toilet to take the picture and I just didn't feel like that one today!
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