Thank you Praise And Coffee for allowing us to feature an article in their magazine. Here’s the link: http://issuu.com/praiseandcoffee/docs/summer_2013/50?e=1741187%2F3985515
We love the distressed look. The more grungy, dirty, rusty, worn and faded an object is . . . the better. We have easy instructions for creating your very own rustic qu
You will need:
- Weathered wood roughly cut to the size you need (Our wood was from old skids. We had 2 different widths, 5 1/2” and 3 1/4”). Check out the post ‘Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine’ for tips on collecting weathered wood.
- Brown paper bag
- Acrylic paint – Do you happen to have 1/2 of a gallon of paint from when you decided to repaint your bedroom light blue or the living room taupe? Go grab that. Use what you have.
- Sharpie markers or white paint pen (if you are using a light color for the background of the board you will need a dark colored Sharpie. If you will be using a darker color for your background (navy, black, red, etc) you will need to use the white paint pen)
- Various tapes – For this project, we used blue tape and clear tape
- Sand paper or sanding block (Various grits – You may find that light-weight grits work best)
- Jute string
- Screw eyes
- Paint brush
- Red or blue ink pen
- Computer print out of quote
- Trim the weathered wood to desired size. Crinkle up brown paper bag, lightly ‘sand’ board with brown paper bag. (It may be a good idea to use protective gloves so you won’t get a sliver.) You want to get the dirt, debris and frayed wood off of the board, without losing the integrity of the weathered wood. By using the brown paper bag, it lightly sands and gets all the stray pieces of fibers off the board.
- Lightly paint one side of the board. Do not paint the surface entirely – Have the paint ‘feather out’ to the edges, exposing the weathered wood texture.
- Print out your favorite quote from your computer. Helpful tip: On your computer, create a file the size of your board, place type into the file, print it out as ‘tiles’. Tape printouts onto a window to help line up the type, tape printouts together. It’s A-O.K. if printouts overlap.
- To transfer words onto the board – Turn printout over and cover the backs of the letters with graphite from the pencil. Hold paper up to the light to make sure you are getting all the parts of the letters covered with graphite.
- Tape quote printout onto board with blue painter tape.
- Trace the outer edges of the letters with a blue or red pen. By using the blue or red pen, you will be able to see the areas you have traced and the areas you have not traced. When done tracing do NOT take paper totally off, leave it attached at the top. Carefully lift paper up to ensure you have transferred over all of the parts of the letters. You may need to place the paper back down onto the board to trace areas you’ve missed. Helpful tip: If you are using a really dark background and are finding out that the graphite from the pencil is hard to see – Try using a colored white pencil or chalk instead of the graphite.
- With the Sharpie (or white paint pen) simply color in your letters. Yes, it’s THAT simple.
- Allow letters to fully dry. Letting the letters dry overnight is best, but usually we don’t have that type of patience so we get out the hair dryer.
- With a sanding block or sand paper, lightly sand the letters and background. It’s awesome to see. The board will start to ‘distress’ right before your eyes.
- Grab the drill and drill 2 holes on the top edge of the board – This is how you’ll hang the board. We drilled holes about 2-3 inches from each end. Screw in screw eyes. You may need to use a random nail to help twist in the screw eyes. Don’t screw in the eyes all the way, they may break. Be careful when drilling your holes and screwing in the eyes – We’ve ‘lost’ many bits and eyes, they break right off in the wood, if you’re not careful. If you’re using wood from a skid, it will more than likely be a hard wood which can cause the bits and eyes to break off if the items are forced into the wood. If that does happen, move over a bit and re-drill. It just adds to the character.
- Tie one end of the jute string to an eye. Leave about 2 inches of tail. We fray the ends of the tail, which adds to the distressed charm. Stretch out string to the other screw eye, tie-off (leaving a tail) & trim, fray tail.
There you go! You’re a distressed board-making rock star!
Photos from our ‘quote sign’ craft class session.