As you know from many other posts, I love Americana and creating patriotic projects for my home to display throughout the summer months and all year long too.
So, here is a quick and easy sign that you can do in just a matter of a few hours or even less…just depends on how long it takes for your stain and paint to dry. I chose to use this project as a way to work on my hand lettering (it isn’t perfect, but my lettering is a work in progress), but if you have some lettering stencils that you love, you can use those to create the words instead. You will want three different types of lettering so that your finished project has a bit more interest.
Here is what you need for the project:
14″ Square Grooved Board #63229
DecoArt Maple Gel Stain #70135
Sponge Brush #87423
Large Sanding Pad – Fine/Medium #70796
Dura Clear Satin Varnish #87394
Papillon Glaze Wash 1″ #20103
Papillon Round Size 5 #20162
Papillon Liner Size 6 #20150
DecoArt Americana Acrylics:
Deep Midnight Blue
First, start by sanding your board in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe dust off with a damp cloth. Then using a sponge brush, stain your entire board, including the sides with the Maple Gel Stain. Let the stain dry, and then lightly sand again, wipe off dust.
The grooves in the board are your dividing lines…I wanted some of the stain to show through, so using your Glaze Wash brush, dry brush on Country Red onto the top section. Remember the goal is for a worn look, so don’t worry about if your brush strokes show. Do the same for the middle section using White Wash, and again for the bottom section with Deep Midnight Blue. Let all sections dry completely. If it doesn’t look as aged as you wanted, you can use your sanding disk and sand off some of the paint to have the stain underneath show through.
Now it is time for your lettering, figure out the placement for your words, whether you are using a stencil or your own hand writing. Once you have your spacing figured out, lightly draw on your words. The words “Faith” and “Freedom” on the red and blue sections are painted with White Wash, and the center word “Family” is Lamp Black.
When everything is dry, finish with your favorite varnish…I chose to use a satin varnish to give it a little bit of shine.