Learning About Creating Effective Signs For Your Company

3 Tips For Painting Letters On A Sign

Creating a custom wood sign can add a little personality to your business. Custom wood signs are a great way to direct and draw customer's attentions to specific features of your shop. You can use them to label rooms and areas of your business. You can commission someone to make a custom wood sign for you or you can try your hand at it yourself.

#1 Treat The Wood

The first thing you need to do is treat the wood you want to use to make your sign with. You need to decide what you want the background of your sign to look like. If you are going for a more natural look, you can stain the wood. If you want to go for a more colorful look, you can use inside house paint on the wood sign or outside paint if you want to put the sign outside. You want to have the background of the sign complete before you move onto the lettering. Be sure to allow adequate drying time before you move onto the lettering.

#2 Sketch It Out

Before you attempt to put the letters on your wood sign, practice on a piece of paper that is as large as the sign you are creating. Free draw or use stencils to create the letters for your sing. Pay attention to how you space the letters and how much room you leave in between each letter.

You may need to make a few different practice sketches in order to get the lettering shape, size and spacing set-up perfectly. Put your final lettering design on carbon paper.

#3 Put Down an Outline

When you are ready to complete the lettering, put the carbon paper outline on top of your wood sign. Then, use a pencil to trace the letters onto the sign. The pencil will transfer through the carbon paper onto the sign. This will provide you with an outline to work with.

#4 Use A Small Brush

When painting in the letters, use a small brush. Do not put a lot of paint on your brush. Go light on the paint to start with, you can always put down additional coats of paint. If you use too much paint, you could end up with dripping letters. As you paint each letter, start at the top of the letter and work downwards with your strokes. Work slowly around each letter. Remember, it is perfectly okay for you to move the sign to different angles in order to more effectively paint the letters.

After you paint the letters, allow them to dry and then determine if they need a second coat. When the sign is complete, hang it up and add a little charm to your business space. For more information, contact companies like DeMars Signs.