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The Easy Way to Make a Huge Hand Lettered Sign + Free Template

Here’s the easy way to make a huge hand lettered sign, even if you have no hand lettering skills of your own! 


I am a huge fan of typography. I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned that before. Fonts of all kinds always catch my eye and draw me in. Maybe it’s because I used to be a graphic designer years and years ago. Maybe not. ButI think that’s why I absolutely adore the hand lettering trend that’s happening in art right now too. Regardless, my love of typography led me to create this huge hand-lettered sign – the easy way

huge hand lettered sign diy pin

Not all of us are gifted with beautiful handwriting and hand-lettering skills. If you are, so awesome! But if you’re not, like me, here’s how to get the look yourself the easy way! 

BRUSH PAINTED ART

Obviously, I’ve chosen lyrics from a worship song and displayed my hand lettered sign with Christmas decor. But you don’t have to. 

DIY HAND LETTERED CANVAS

DIY Hand Lettered Canvas

I purchased a 24 in. x 24 in. canvas with a coupon at Michael’s and Dean made me a “floating” wood frame. By floating I mean the frame just slides over the canvas and isn’t attached to the canvas at all. Easy-peasy!

LET ME BE SINGING WHEN THE EVENING COMES CANVAS

Supplies

To create the artwork:

To make the floating frame:

  • 2 – 1 in. x 1 in. x 26 in. wood
  • 2 – 1 in. x 1 in. x 24 in. wood
  • 4 – small screws
  • dark walnut wood stain
  • lint free rag, or old tea towel
  • gloves

Instructions

To create the artwork:

1. Download our free template here.

PRINT ON PAPER

2. Open template and go to Print. Select Poster to print full size on multiple pages. Print and tape together.

PENCIL TRANSFER METHOD

3. Shade the BACK side of printed paper. We’re going to use the pencil transfer method!

PENCIL TRANSFER METHOD

PENCIL TRANSFER METHOD

4. Place right side up (penciled side down against the canvas), and carefully trace over each letter. The pencil from the back will transfer to the canvas, giving you a neat outline to follow for painting!

PAINT & SANDSTONE

5. Mix together one part black paint and two parts Sandstone. Using a small paint brush (like the craft kind, not the wall painting kind!), carefully fill in your letters with the coal black paint/Sandstone mixture. The Sandstone medium give the letters a raised rough texture. (If you want your letter darker, go over your letters again with just black paint.)

SANDED

6. Lightly sand entire surface of canvas to give the letters a worn look.

GILDING PASTE APPLIED

7. Next, dry brush Antique Gilding Paste over entire canvas. Make sure to “unload” most of the Gilding Paste onto a napkin, so you don’t make your canvas too dark.

WHITE DRY BRUSHED

8. Using a really large paint brush, dry brush Fusion Paint in Champlain over entire canvas. Again make sure to “unload” most of the paint onto a napkin.

To make the floating frame:

STAINED DIY WOOD CANVAS FRAME

1. Gently sand wood if necessary.

2. Screw frame together.

3. Wipe stain onto frame. Let sit for five minutes and then wipe of excess. Let dry.

4. Hang canvas on the wall and slide the frame over top. Voila!

DIY WOOD FRAME FOR CANVAS

PIANO BARN DOOR WHITE COUCH HAND PAINTED CANVAS

Are you a fan of typography too? Have you ever painted a canvas?

This post was sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint!

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