We actually had something completely different planned for the day. But, when she woke up this morning, my sister was thinking pink. Pink & Gold. Pink & Gold & Orange. Then, to distract us further from our initial idea, I found this wooden LOVE sign in my stash. This was a “sign” (Yes, puns make me happy :P). We’re supposed to go with the flow, today. And here’s what we came up with – A roughly blended sign for your desk, wall, home or anywhere else. My sister keeps it on her desk. So, she can look at something sweet & pretty, while working. Here’s what to do!
Time: 20-30 minutes
Budget: Low-Medium, depends on shipping charges for the base.
- Wooden LOVE sign
- Assorted Acrylic Paints
- Multiple brushes (flat & different sizes)
- Gold Paint
We wanted to have a rough look with shades of pink & pops of yellow, orange & gold. We recently did a shaded kind of look. So, we decided to change it up a bit with rough brushstrokes & finger paint.
Acrylic paint dries very quickly on wood. It’s also really flat & the wood shines through if the paint is thin. So before we started painting, we added powder into little bowls & mixed the paints we wanted to use. It’s best to make the shades separately & dedicate specific brushes to each colour. If you use the same brush for all the colours, you would either mix up the colours or dilute the paint too much.
Once your paints are ready, you need to move quickly. Because it’s going to dry fast! The technique for the brushstrokes is to press in one spot & just flick it to the right. Instead of pressing it all the way through. It’s like ripping off a bandaid.
- This kind of effect (not that I’m an expert) is all about layers. Start by using the lightest shade of pink & make rough strokes. It doesn’t need to be evenly spaced. But, cover a bulk of the base, as the other layers will blend in. Let the layer dry for about 30 seconds before moving ahead.
- Now, fill up the blank spaces with darker tones of the same colour. In our case, it was maroon, magenta & pink. Feel free to overlap the first layer. If you feel the lightest colour is getting completely covered up, add a few spots of it on top. Then, take a clean brush & stroke it on the edges of the paint spots. Blending it slightly. Don’t use any water. Treat water like the enemy!
- After the paint has had a minute to dry, dab a little yellow paint onto your finger. Very quickly, dab the paint on different spots of the sign. You shouldn’t press the yellow firmly, cos that’s going to look like a blob. If you’re not too confident, you can use a sponge instead.
- Like I said, my sister was thinking of Pink & Gold & Orange. And finally, its time to add the orange, using the same dip & dab method as the yellow paint. You can choose to add this with the yellow. Or add it on the remaining edges. Gives it a certain deep, doesn’t it?
At this point, we felt like glamming the sign up. And what better way to do that, than by adding gold. We mixed a little bit of gold with powder, to get a thick consistency. Be careful with this. If the paint is too watery, it will drip onto the side & ruin all your hard work. There are two places we added gold, on the border of the sign & subtle dabs of it on the painted side.
For the back of the sign, you can paint it in a similar manner to the front. And, it will look amazing. However, we were in an experimenting kinda mood. So, we swapped the orange for purple & did an even rougher looking effect. With the brushstrokes standing out more prominently. My sister & I completely disagree on what looks better. I like the purple & she prefers the orange. Tell me in the comments, which one you like better!
Things to keep in mind, while making a sign of love:
- No Water. Not at all. Not even a drop.
- Try to use different brushes as much as possible.
- To get lighter shades, mix yellow or white into the darker shades.
- Don’t use too much paint.
And that’s it A super cute sign of love! Let me know, your thoughts on it, in the comments!