Last weekend’s Patchwork Festival in Santa Ana went really well! Beautiful weather, great crowds, good sales and I may possibly have figured out a good, final, booth set up….more on that in another post.
This Sunday is Patchwork Long Beach!
I have no idea why I thought “cool! Two shows almost back to back” sounded good but apparently, in the darkness of January, I did.
So here I am – madly restocking!
Disclaimer: While I’ve labeled this a tutorial it’s really more of “here’s-what-I-did-you-can-do-something-similar-but-I’m-not-saying-you-should-do-exactly-this. However, that seemed like an unwieldy title so rest assured I’ll be offering up other options for each step as we go.
These signs fall into my Use Up Your Scrap-wood mission in life.
- Scrap plywood 30” long by 7” tall.
- 3 eyehole screws
- Ikea RikTig clips
- 36” threaded rod (from the hardware store) cut down to 30″
- Decorative Threaded End caps (from the same hardware store)
- Folk Art Aniquing Wax
(not pictured but strongly implied)
- White paint
- Minwax Polycrylic
- hacksaw (for cutting the threaded rod down to size)
My board was already painted white but had it not been I would have done it – regular latex paint works (Milk paint would be fine too) – just make sure its thoroughly dry. I then sanded off just the edges for a slightly worn look.
Alternate: I also toyed with the idea of just using simple text that said “Look what I made!” or the Picasso quote “all children are artists.” Any text or graphic would work.
I did my usual image transfer technique (detailed instructions here).
It’s quite simple – I print graphics out in reverse on a laser printer and adhere them, face-down, onto the plywood using Minwax Polycrylic.
It takes a couple of rounds of rubbing to get all the paper off and if, like me, you’re going for a vintagy look, you can be fairly aggressive since any image that rubs away just adds to the aged look.
(In truth I think I may have over-distressed this one. There is a fine line between “look an old sign!” and “you need to clean that” and I think I may have crossed it.)
I had stumbled on these Ikea RikTig hangers the other day and they work perfectly (as well as being quite inexpensive).Alternate: If you didn’t want to use a rod a tautly stretched wire, a wood dowel or string would work perfectly. If you’re not near an Ikea then small clothespins would work or, even possibly, be better!
If image transfer isn’t your thing stencils would work great as would more straightforward decoupage. Lots of options!
And, as always, if you make something similar, I’d love to see the photos.
Back next time with Adventures in Booth Design!