I write this title a little tongue in cheek, because when people see hand lettered signs, they often think it is something they can’t pull off. The big secret is, most people painting hand lettered signs aren’t calligraphy masters who can pull it off freehand. Some are, but not most.
Any time I try to write all fancy freehand, it ends up looking like the same lettering I used in the margins of my high school notebooks, with swirls and flowers and a decidedly unprofessional look.
So here is my not-so-secret method.
First I open up a trusty Word document. I play with Word Art and different fonts on a favourite quote. If you have a fancier program, feel free to use that instead, but Word is pretty accessible to most of us. Play with fonts, a mix of styles and sizes, until you get just the right mix.
Flip over your printed paper, and using a basic pencil, scribble over each letter.
Now trace each letter with a sharp pencil. It will transfer the carbon onto the wood below!
If you want to make your own, I will email the template for the quote to everyone who:
* Signs up to follow the blog (or has already signed up!)
* Comments below that they would like a copy!
I also promised to show you my major DIY screw up. I was mounting the hardware on the back of my dry brushed pieces…measure once hammer twice, right?
A little wood filler and paint later, I was as good as new, but seriously, measure twice people! Haha!