"Not Just Another Letter"
It is so much fun to work with and create unique textures and to also offer something of visual interest when working on a very ordinary object! Letters are Hot right now and I wanted to come up with some ideas to create interesting visual excitement to these seemingly plain and ordinary wooden letters that I cut out using a template and my Proxxon Scroll Saw DHS/E. To sand the edges a bit I used the Delta Sander OZI/E . Below you will find a supply list and further instructions for creating 2 unique finishes for your wooden letters.
3/4 " plywood & whatever size you want to make your letter
( Mine are about 8"tall x 5" wide)
Acrylic Paints ( orange,blue, turquoise, copper)
Mod Podge ( matte finish)
1 sheet of Tissue paper
I created a template using a brown paper bag and several wooden letters I had around, this way I will be able to create more letters by just tracing the template on the plywood. Using my Proxxon Scroll saw I cut out the letter O ( to create the inside of the O you need to drill a hole in the center of the wood and then remove the scroll saw blade.Place the wood on the saw table and insert the saw blade back on but through the drilled hole .Work from that inside area sawing the center out to create the inside part of the O. I then cut the V and sanded them a bit with the Delta Sander for a smoother finish.
Paint the letter O with the orange acrylic paint and let dry.
Using your brush and Mod Podge create a fine layer for the tissue paper to adhere to.
Using the tissue paper gently push down into the mod podge and you want to have some crinkling in it to create a unique textured appearance.
After its dried apply the turquoise and copper paint, randomly. We want to look of " Verdigris Patina" metal.
After drying the texture is beautiful and looks so much like textured verdigris metal!
For the V wooden letter I wanted some color and fun doodling to make that visual impact so after painting it the blue color and letting it dry I then got out my pens and markers!
This is where you can really be creative just drawing lines, circles,flower petals, triangles,dots etc!
After the outlining my designs with the black pen I just used the markers to color in the lines and shapes but left a fair amount of the blue showing on the letter to create a "rest space" for the eyes. Using paint dots is another way to create interest in your doodling projects!
I hope you have enjoyed this fun and unique way to create something interesting from something very ordinary!