Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween | Something Wicked This Way Comes Sign

Something Wicked This Way Comes
 I made a new Halloween sign last weekend. I love doing this kind of stuff: making something out of nothing, starting with just an idea in my head.
empty frame
Or in this case, an idea in my head and a thrift store frame. I had bought the frame a few years back, thinking it was the perfect size (11 1/2 inches by 36 inches) for a subway sign. I could never decide what I wanted the sign to say, though, so it never got made. 
cutting a plywood sign blank
 Finally last week, I figured out what I wanted the sign to say. But before I could make it say anything, I needed a sign blank. Fortunately, my husband always has a supply of plywood in the garage, so I stole one of the pieces, measured and marked it to the dimensions I needed and then sweet talked him into cutting it on his tablesaw for me.
Halloween subway art
I painted the plywood with some black chalk paint I had on hand.
 Double Double Toil and Trouble
Then came the fun part: drawing up the sign in InDesign. The serif font is Copperplate, and the sans serif ones are all some version of Arial. The smiling skull and crossbones is a (really big) Wingding.
subway sign
After I had my sign drawn up, I printed it out, tiling it onto five pages. (My printer added the vertical stripes on its own. Spooky.)
Double Double Toil and Trouble
I lined all the pages up, overlapping the words that spilled from one page onto the next.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Then I trimmed off the bottom edge of each page and Scotch taped the pieces together.
making a Halloween sign
In order to transfer the design, I rubbed chalk over the back of the paper.
hand-painted sign
Then I flipped the page back over, centered it over my sign blank and traced around the letters.
Halloween subway sign
When I had the letters all traced, I held my breath and started peeling the paper away to see if the design transferred.
Halloween subway sign
Phew. It worked.
hand-painted sign
Except for a couple lines that I missed while tracing, the design transferred perfectly.
Hand-painted sign
Here's the full sign blank (left) with the chalk outlines and the original printer version.Something Wicked This Way Comes
Once I had my outlines, I just painted inside the lines with some white acrylic paint.
Halloween art
I tried working from the outside in, so I wouldn't smear the chalk lines while I was painting.
Double Double Toil and Trouble
To make the dots, I loaded paint onto the rounded end of a paintbush and pressed at somewhat regular intervals.
hand-painted sign
After I had all the letters painted, I wiped off the remaining chalk with a damp rag and then put on a second coat of white paint.
painted sign
 Then I popped the sign blank into the frame and voila: Halloween art.
painted sign
My lettering isn't perfect, but I'm OK with that. I really like the hand-painted look.
Double Double Toil and Trouble
Here's the completed sign in a vignette I set up on my porch. I think it's actually going to hang on the wall in my office/den, but I wanted to play around with it a little first.
Something Wicked This Way Comes

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