Art Techniques | 8 October 2015DIY Décor: Painted Wood Initial Sign Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Personalize your décor with a simple-to-make, contemporary wood sign showcasing your initials or another letter of your choosing. This project doesn’t require many materials (you could even recycle by using scrap wood) and offers many possibilities. We like the idea of spelling out E-A-T for the kitchen or dining room, or opting for an ampersand instead of a letter to round out a mid-century modern home office! Let your creativity flow as you follow these step-by-step instructions taken from Creative Painting & Beyond. Wood Initial Sign Adding artwork to walls makes a house a home. Creating a personal and beautiful piece of artwork is simple and easy! This industrial wooden letter sign can be easily customized with a meaningful family initial and makes a beautiful focal point in your home! Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Materials: 5 rough boards, 4″ wide x 36″ long 2 pieces of trim, 16″ long 10 screws Drill with a pilot hole bit (smaller in diameter than the screws) and a Phillips head bit Wall paint or craft paint Painter’s tape Paintbrush Step 1 Begin by laying all five rough-cut boards side by side. Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 2 Then place the two 16″ trim pieces perpendicular to the rough-cut boards, spacing one approximately 6″ below the tops of the boards and the other 6″ above the bottoms of the boards. Use the pilot hole bit to drill a pilot hole through the trim pieces over each of the five boards (10 holes total). Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 3 Next drill screws into the four pilot holes at the ends of the trim pieces. Screwing in the four end screws first will help the boards stay together tight while you screw in the rest. Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 4 Now add a screw to all the other pilot holes, attaching each board to the trim pieces. Your wooden canvas is complete! Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 5 Time to create the letter design. Flip the wood canvas over. Using painter’s tape, outline the letter of your choice on the boards. Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 6 Paint any part of the surface you like. For this “A” sign I wanted the “A” to be natural wood and all the negative space to be white. You could do the opposite for an equally interesting effect! Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 7 Allow the paint to dry completely before removing all the painter’s tape. Artwork © 2015 Alix Adams. Step 8 Your new artwork is ready to display! Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Full of inspiration, easy instruction, gorgeous artwork, and myriad ideas for artists to explore, Creative Painting & Beyond is sure to bring out the artist in everyone. Learn how to create beautiful and whimsical artwork with Creative Painting & Beyond, a vibrant, interactive book packed with creative prompts, tips, exercises, and engaging step-by-step projects. From canvas artwork and illustrated stationery to hand-stamped tea towels and intricate marbled paper, crafters will enjoy a variety of simple, fun, and colorful projects that make creative painting approachable for artists of any skill level. Leading the charge are several talented artists, who encourage artistic development through a series of painting prompts and exercises designed to get the creative juices flowing and inspire each reader’s journey into painting with multiple mediums, including gold leaf and liquid gilding, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Artists will learn how to work with these fun mediums to create stationery, gifts, art projects, home decor, and more by following along with the simple step-by-step instructions, accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs of the process and finished. Blank pages and interactive prompts invite readers to brainstorm, sketch, and collect inspiration for their own projects. Full of inspiration, easy instruction, gorgeous artwork, and myriad ideas for artists to explore, Creative Painting & Beyond is sure to bring out the artist in everyone. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.