Are you ready for the beach??
I know I am! I live right by the beach so I can visit….but it’s COLD. ;) No, I’ll just stay hibernated up in my house for a few more months!
But I really need some warmth and sunshine.
Oh well, I’ll have to wait.
So since we have a few more months of winter left, I’d thought I’d share this “Life is Better at the Beach” sign I made recently.
It was a gift for a dear sweet friend of mine.
These are so fun and easy to do.
I actually found some old painted “signs” at the thrift store recently for cheap.
(ready to paint with hangers on the back and all!)
I had intended to create this sign on the larger board here….
But oops…this is what happens when you are working on several projects at once.
I got things mixed up.
Oh well. I didn’t realize my mistake until it was too late.
But the sign turned out really cute anyway. :)
(I created the graphics using PicMonkey)
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So as you see above, it was painted red and had some stenciling done on it. Sort of 80’s/90’s country decor themed.
I began by painting blue (Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint) as a base coat. (right over the red)
Any paint will do, however.
Once that was dry I applied one coat of Pure White in the dry brush technique.
I wanted the blue to show through for that beach washed effect.
Then I aligned and transferred my graphics.
I printed the graphics in reverse and rubbed a pencil to transfer the printer ink.
This is what you end up with….
Next I just hand painted it in.
I used Graphite Chalk Paint, watered down, along with my script liner.
All done, before distressing.
I sanded it a bit to “weather” it and bring more of that pretty blue through.
Then I sealed it with poly and attached a starfish to the top right corner (with hot glue gun).
Want even more ways to transfer?? Check out my “How To Transfer Graphics” post! (sharing all the techniques I use)
And styled up a bit on the shelf….
Even though I meant for this to go on the longer board I think it turned out pretty good!
PIN this “Life Is Better At The Beach” sign for later!
I have quite a few other signs with more tutorials (different techniques) over in my Project Gallery under “Signs”.
So easy, I hope you try this one too.
How do yummy sugar and salt scrubs for Valentine’s Day sound? (or any day really) I made Peppermint/Vanilla Bean, Lavender Lemon & Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrubs today.
Check in next week for the recipes! (see them, here)
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