Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Distressed Donna Sign

rustic sign, mixed media art, collage
Take a large canvas.

Gesso the heck out of it.

Add some umber.

Add a little gel medium.

Add a photo.

Add apple pie spice powder to the paint.  (For a rusty effect!)

Add old dictionary pages.

Add torn and worn lace.

Add a shutter slat star.

Add a shutter slat sign with my name.

Add a shutter slat sign with the phrase "Trust in the rusty and crusty stuff!".


It adds up to my new sign for my new booth.

Booth W-10 at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC.

I am waiting to shop with you.

I know I have been missing after promising you I would return, but I had dental surgery which knocked me out for a few days.  Also my Etsy shop was in worse shape than I first thought.  I have a boxload of items to clean, research, and write listings.  Keeping up with the larger booth is more work as I am getting slower and slower to complete tasks.  I am sure it is the cold weather and not my age!

No smart comments, please!

See y'all!

NOTE:  I updated my coupon code for my Etsy shop.  I was embarrassed to find out my coupons had expired.  There are new listings for you to browse.  Enjoy!

Use this discount code to receive 10% off your purchase at the Distressed Donna Etsy store:



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  1. Hope you'll feel better soon! Nice colors for the sign.

  2. Your sign is phenomenal!!! Let yourself REST so you can go at full speed again!!

  3. Beautiful sign, Donna--LOVE the tag line. Apple pie spice?! Who knew? Glad you're back :)

  4. Great project. Thanks for sharing. Hope your doing better. I had oral surgery in the past and I know it is no fun.

  5. Very cute sign, Donna, and it has to smell good too! You'll soon be back into your usual groove. Sometimes we just have to slow down for a moment!

  6. Sign looks great, Donna. Here's hoping the dental issues are behind you. Something hit me like a Mack truck yesterday, and I'm still feeling punk after being in bed over 12 hrs.Ugh, can't tell if it's flu or what, but it's definitely uninvited.

  7. Love your sign Donna, and I hope you feel better soon. January always makes me feel a little lazy. It's just too darn cold, and I spend most of my time sitting by the wood stoves. So many in blogland seem to be cleaning and organizing, but not me... I've grown to like this January slow down..You'll get back to it soon I'm sure.

  8. Ha! I love that! Oh and I figured out that when the comment box shows all of the comments then I too can comment but if I have to click on comments it doesn't work. Love the sign! Maybe I should do an old world patina sign...cool!

  9. Of course, I also blame the cold for everything I'm late for these days ;)
    The sign looks great!

  10. Loving your sign! I'm looking into designing my own tags on vistaprint.com!

  11. Oh, I've been away too long. Hope you are feeling better and glad to see you up moving things again.

  12. Oh, yeah. Definitely the cold weather. : )

  13. The sign looks great Donna. Good job !! Glad you are feeling better and hopefully have the dental problem solved. Glad you are back.
    Audrey Z.

  14. Love how you did your sign.......very creative!
    Haven't been able to make a comment on your last couple of posts, not sure why!
    Glad you are feeling better. This weather we are having has put me a blah mood!
    Take care.

  15. Miss Donna; Your sign looks like a Rock/Movie Star Diva!!!!!
    How I do LOVE it!!!
    It looks like you and is from the Heart and Soul like You....:-)
    All Rusty, Crusty, Lacy, and with a Huge Star!!! It is too Perfect!!!
    Everything that you Create brings so much Happiness to so many people.
    I Hope that you are feeling Better. Take Care :-)

  16. Oh I love it! I still have that gesso! LOL! So does it smell good with the apple pie spice???

  17. A really cool sign, never used gesso before. Love the rusty and lacy look. What a creative girl you are, always coming up with the best ideas!

  18. Hi Donna,
    I love your new sign and can see how this idea could be used to make decorative art work from old photos for lots of spots in the home. I'm saving this tutorial for future projects. Your blog is always full of such great ideas....thanks for sharing! Cheryl

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