“I have an idea.” Those are words that strike fear in my Faithful Sherpa. Coupled with “Can I use your workshop.” Good thing he's a sharing type of guy!
I knew that I wanted a sign but I really didn’t know what the look should be. So, I was flipping thru Pinterest one night (another word that strikes fear!) and came across this photo of Besserina’s booth sign. http://bit.ly/2fKqMM4
I have found my inspiration!
So we headed off to my local Home Depot for supplies.
After a frustrating trial run, I went back to Pinterest to look for more paint techniques. I found "Beyond the Picket Fence" paint tutorial. http://bit.ly/2gQeXWd
That's it! The technique!
My Faithful Sherpa spent time with me teaching me the best way to construct the sign. It had to be sturdy enough to move between shows, but light enough that I could carry it. We used luan or door skin as the backing and glued and nailed the wainscoating to it.
I spent the evening applying the walnut stain to the wainscoating. Apply a layer, wipe off a layer, apply a layer, until I achieved the look I wanted. Nice, distressed, and antique. My Faithful Sherpa couldn't understand why I wanted to have it look this way, he likes things nice, clean and neat. But I love it!
I found a beautiful piece of wood in his workshop and with permission, I cut it into a circle. It's perfect for the logo! We didn't have fancy logo back then. Just a piece of paper with my grandmother's image printed on it. So I laid the paper on top of the circle, and varnished it together. The next morning, I went into the garage to check on my work, and what did I see, a bug had gotten itself stuck onto my logo! I ran back into the house, almost in tears.
"Don't worry" he said. "We can fix it."
I attached copper pipes to the back of the board. It not only helped to stiffen up the sign, but it gave me a place for the legs (also copper pipe) to attach to.
This project really challenged my brain, but I love the way it turned out. It's fun being creative in an area and medium that I'm not used to.
"Welcome to my life" my Faithful Sherpa told me. "this is my type of art!