Did It Myself #11: Love Arrow Sign

May 26, 2016

Did It Myself #11: Love Arrow SignAll you need is love – or so the song goes. But in the case of this handpainted sign all I needed was 23 hours of slow labour and nothing to do with my time other than distract myself with online yoga and crafts.

I had started this DIY a couple of weeks before I had my second daughter (who is three weeks old today). I first had to paint the 1×4 with several coats of white paint before I could stencil on the letters. Once that task was completed all that was left was the actual painting of the letters, which I did by hand with an artist’s brush whilst listening to my iTunes playlist “Relax” and trying to dance off contractions. There’s nothing like the imminent arrival of an infant to get the creative – and motivational – juices flowing.

Although I made this sign while in labour with my second child, it’s actually for my first child’s bedroom (as part of the same gallery wall mentioned here). The following are the supplies and method used (contractions not required, but I’m telling you they help if you’re a bit of a procrastinator like moi):

– solid wood 1×4 cut to size (or another piece of wood – reclaimed barnwood is always a winner)

– white paint (I used an untinted primer because it feels like a two in one when actually it’s just me being cheap)

– print-out of the graphic you want to paint on (I created mine in AutoCAD, but you could do it in a word document or photo editing program)

– pencil

– artist’s brush (I used a few different sizes depending on which part of the graphic I was painting)

– grey paint (I used acrylic craft paint)

I can’t take credit for the super easy way I transferred the letters and arrow onto the 1×4 as I learned how to do it here, but basically you use a pencil to colour the back of the print-out, then place that side down on the piece of wood and trace the graphic’s outline so that the pencil on the backside transfers onto the sign. Then all you have to do is fill in the graphic with paint and voila!

I’ll admit it’s a bit of a challenge to keep a steady hand, but if you go slowly and don’t mind a few character-adding boo-boos you get a nice handmade-looking piece of art. (Note that the blog I snarfed this method from recommended using a paint pen, but I couldn’t find one in grey hence the more difficult – but ultimately rewarding – artist’s brush route.)

Even though the sign is now complete it still has yet to find its way onto the gallery wall in my eldest’s bedroom, but as soon as it does I plan on posting a picture of the completed project.

Have you ever tackled a project while under some form of physical duress? (i.e.: A large portion of this blog’s recent redesign is thanks to the horrendous flu I experienced back in January.) Have you ever handpainted a sign? Do you have an alternate method for transferring graphics other than the pencil scribbling one described above? Your comments will make all those contractions totally worth it… oh right, that’s what the baby is for!

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6 thoughts on “Did It Myself #11: Love Arrow Sign

  • May 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    I can’t believe you were crafting during labour, I’m impressed, it looks great!

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    • May 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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      Both of my labours were very long with pain-free breaks between contractions… up to a point, of course! I figured I might as well do something productive before heading to the hospital. I also cleaned the entire house 😉

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  • May 27, 2016 at 7:49 am
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    Congrats on the new babe!! I had a home birth, so when I went into labour I did a pretty thorough cleaning since my midwife had never seen my house before 😆

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    • May 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm
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      Haha Sarah! I can totally relate as anytime someone is coming over to my house – no matter if I’m sick or exhausted or crazy busy – I’m always like “I must clean everything so they assume my house is always spotless!”

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  • May 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm
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    As always a wonderful and funny post. Not to mention informative. If you ever need barnwood well the new place has an abundance of grey aged wood. Not from a barn per se…. More like farm fencing. But still pretty rustic and therefore cool. You can have some. I’ll make it a baby shower gift. Bahaha talk about cheap??

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    • May 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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      Don’t even kid about the aged fence boards as a shower gift. For real – I want some!

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