Michael gets the reclaimed wood that I use for making my signs and cuts it to certain basic sizes and keeps several shelves full of it in our workshop. I ‘pre-piant’ my sign boards assembly line style. Line up as many as will fit on the work table and basecoat them all in black. Once dry, I paint the color top coat; then distress. NOW they are ready for the designs to be painted on them.
I keep a stash of these pre-painted boards stocked up in my craft room. When I am ready to letter the signs, I select the sizes/colors that I want and usually do several of each design at a time. Since we don’t individually cut each board to size to exactly fit each stencil; I end up doing that final cut at the END of the process. Then I just touch up the black paint on the end that I cut. This leaves me with a LOT of little painted scraps of wood.
And THIS is what I do with all those little scraps!
I have foam alphabet stamps and stamp a single letter on each scrap of wood when I get enough of them built up.
These little ‘monograms’ are for sale in my booth at Stars; priced from $3.00 – $5.00.
Use them to spell out a word, or just your initials.