Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Custom Lettering Transfer

You don't have to be a trained artist to get a custom painted look.
I'm making signs for my Mad Hatter Tea party and I thought I would pass along my technique for custom signs.
First, I pick a font on my computer and print it out. Sometimes I have to enlarge it on my copier machine to get the right size I need.
I turn the copy over and hold it on a window (must be done during the day) to see the lettering and I use a #2 pencil and trace the letters and fill them in with a lot of graphite. I do realize that I can use graphite paper or a light box, but this is cheaper.
Then, I flip the paper over to the right side and tape it on my already painted sign.

Next, I trace over the lettering again so the pressure from the pencil transfers the markings on the back of the paper onto my wood.
Unfortunately, I didn't use a very sharp pencil so the transfer turned out a bit fainter than I like but you get the idea.

Instead of using a paint brush, I use a paint pen. It is a lot easier to control and it's like outlining and coloring when you were a child.

I highlighted it with some white and dark pink paint pens as well.

Now, I just have to seal it and attach it to a post. More on that later!

I used the same technique to create this sign for my Princess party!


lisalyn said...

This is going to be one Fabulous party!!!!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I don't know if I will ever forgive my parents for not giving me one of your magical children's birthday parties!

What could they have been thinking???

Setting the Mood said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see more pics!!

Lori said...

Donna, I just love coming to your site! Any ideas for a November wedding? Colors are burgundy, chocolate and cream.I am using alot of leaves and branches. Darling daughter is getting married, so I will be doing all reception hall, church,attendants flowers and they 8 layer cake! Thanks fo rthe wonderful posts! Lori

Joanne Kennedy said...

Great idea! Never would have thought to use a paint pen. In fact, I didn't even know they had them. Do you get them wherever paint is sold or only certain stores care them?

My question is how do you get the great signs cut out! Now that you need tallent for. I so couldn't do that.


Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Great idea!! I can't wait to see this party:-)

Darlene said...

Oh that is too neat!!! Thanks for sharing!

Polka Dot Moon said...

I simply can't wait to see this party!!! said...

Hi Donna
I can't wait to see the photos of your Madhatters party!!
I've got to blog about this adorable sign. I'll link back to you:) You are so clever.