So, I have been in awe of wedding signs on etsy for the last few years. I even took a calligraphy class through I Still Love Calligraphy (would totally recommend, Melissa is an AMAZING teacher, and it’s another skill you can gain to get more sales, for sure).
The process didn’t start this pretty in the beginning, it started with a lot of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” exercises if you know what I mean…. I never really felt the need to learn specific calligraphy, but learning how letters work and such has allowed me to imitate some of the modern calligraphy we all see on etsy sometimes.
Brainstorming started out with a sketch pad, some coffee, the wood I was going to write on, and my old calligraphy work book (ignore the ink spill I made, lol)
I started messing with a couple of ideas in my notepad, until I came up with some sort of design I really liked.
Then I started to sketch some ideas onto the wood in chalk first so that I didn’t mess up the first time around, after all, wood doesn’t grow on trees or anything, well it does, but you know what I mean.
I measured every angle of this sign to ensure that it would look even, I think that is a very important feature of selling hand written signs like this, centered and complete and beautiful. So do some measurements to make sure you are within the center. Rulers are our friends. 😀
I think the most important part of making these signs is to use this specific type of pen. I learned about this pen from another blog called “Dream State”, where she swears by these types of pens. Her tutorial is also the one that helped me gain the confidence to try making one of these signs myself, so check it out!
Next came the painting part! (this picture is after I have finished painted it). The pens can be messy, so be very, very careful on your wood – – – – learn how to work with the paint pens before you jump right into your project.
I had a lot of fun so I thought I would add somes branches….and….
ta-da! Anyone can do it! Message me if you are interested in a kit with the wood prestained and cut, and also the paint pen!