The Finished Product...
And now for the Directions
(Sorry I hate waiting for reveals!)
Remember how enamored I was with the vintage photograph of bicyclists and dogs I snagged from The Graphics Fairy? In the salvage wood bin at the Habitat Restore was a piece of kitchen cabinetry (oak veneer wood product) for $1. I thought it would be great for a sign and I love creating them. Why not combine the photo with a sign for bike rental? First I painted the wood black (two coats - just plain flat latex). Then I sanded it for the proper distressed look I give to most pieces. You see the result to the left.
Then using a stencil and some free-hand work I painted "BIKES FOR RENT $1/hr.". I used craft acrylic off-white watered down which leaves the lettering worn looking. With no special technique I highlighted the letters with antique gold craft paint.
I printed out the photo using a color setting on regular weight paper. I cut it out using scissors to give it that crinkled edge look of old photos. I used Mod Podge Matte to affix the print to the board. My process is to put a thin coat that covers the entire back side. Quickly center it. Then cover with a piece of waxed paper and gently smooth by rubbing the waxed paper with a paper towel. If you rubbed too hard, you will squeeze out all the Mod Podge! I wait at least an hour until it no longer feels damp and cover with a coat of Mod Podge on top. No bubbles!
I also printed out smaller versions on cardstock and distressed with walnut ink stain. I had planned to use these as rental tags, but after I finished it looked too busy. I saved these and might use them later in another project.
The sign needed an extra something so I added some curls in antique gold highlighted in white.
Here it is so far. I liked it, but something was missing. Remember that little pink bike I found yesterday? I thought the wheel would complement it perfectly. So I took the wheel off. (More complicated since the bolts were rusted over. My husband worked an hour to loosen everything!)
Next I sanded the gunk off and painted it a glossy black. I used wire and eye hooks to hang the sign and to attach the wheel. And it only took three days!!! Just kidding I did not work every minute on it. It is now ready to display. Thank you to Karen at The Graphics Fairy for the image. I hope to link up on Monday to display on her Brag Monday site if I can figure that out!
On a more serious note, I hope everyone has a blessed Good Friday and Easter weekend. Be safe in your travels. Remember it's good luck to plant something today!http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RffhYMdJaWw/TmwTLqzkezI/AAAAAAAAOHI/hBkd2MTryL0/s1600/bragbuttonfinalsmall.jpg