I thought about those shelves I bought from Mr. Durland's warehouse on my Low Country crawl. I came up with the obvious - signs! I lugged the shelves to the back patio, sanded them, and gave them a coat of watered down Anita's Craft Acrylic (baby blue).
I liked the white-washed finish on them and wanted it to come through. After sanding, I squirted some paint on , stuck a foam brush in water, and spread it out. I did both sides on both pieces because if some paint rubbed off that was okay - more distressing! The ends of these are capped with galvanized steel suitably beat up.
While these were drying. I printed out on plain white paper the three men in hats, the four shoe designs, and my favorite - the bee in a laurel wreath. After playing around with the designs I decided to save the high-top shoes for later.
Here are the three men - full size on white paper. I did not take a picture of the shoes or the bee, but you will see them later. You can tell already I am partial to these gents in hats!
I positioned the images on the board and applied a light coat of Mod Podge to the back only - carefully placing them down. TIP: I take a piece of waxed paper and a paper towel and gently burnish over the image smoothing out any bubbles. The waxed paper will not stick and your image will be even. After about an hour I covered the entire board with a coat of Mod Podge (matte). You can repeat the waxed paper treatment if any bubbles appear.
I forgot something important. I decided the gents needed some color so I pulled out my colored pencils (NOT water color - just plain colored lead) I lightly shaded in eye color, hair, and hats before the second coat of Mod Podge.
After allowing proper drying time (it depends - just check it with your finger to see if it is dry. My drying time was fast because of the sun and heat.) I used Archival black ink to print the titles on each piece. I chose "Men With Party Hats" and "If The Shoe Fits". I do not know which stamp company makes these letters (yard sale find). Allow time for the ink to dry. Then apply two coats of a satin varnish to the front, back and sides.
And now THE BIG REVEAL! No, wait a second. I left out putting eye hooks and a wire to hang the signs. Then I decided since it was Men With Party Hats, the sign needed hooks for hanging hats so added those. I left the hooks off the shoe sign - does anyone hang up their shoes?!?
AND NOW THE BIG REVEAL:
Gosh, I really need to paint that fence. Hope you enjoyed the signs! While I was waiting for all the drying, I started work on several other projects. So come back again!