A very special friend of mine is getting married in October! She’s about ten years younger than I am and I remember when she was born. I watched her grow up, and now she’s getting ready to tie the knot. I was honored when she asked me to letter some special signs for her wedding day. She’s having a small outdoor ceremony with natural, rustic decor, so she wanted signs that fit in with that style. Here’s what I created.
Wine & Whiskey Sign
Bonnie chose this saying for a sign that will go on her drink table: “You’ll be my glass of wine, I’ll be your shot of whiskey.” For this one, I used a scrap piece of wood and stained it to be a dark walnut color. Then, I planned out my design on scrap paper. Once the stain was dry, I lettered the design onto the wood using a white paint marker. I used a combination of brush lettering and print, and embellished with some looping vines. Because the paint marker doesn’t have a brush tip, I had to use the faux calligraphy technique to get the look I wanted.
Grow Old With Me Sign
For the other two signs, Bonnie’s grandfather actually built pallets using some scrap wood, and they turned out beautifully. One of the sayings she wanted was, “grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” Once again, the first step was to stain the wood, then plan out how to position the design. I decided to use the boards of the pallet itself to help with line spacing, then decorate the extra area at the top with some corner swirls. The paint marker did tend to soak into the wood a bit, making it not quite as bright as I wanted it to be, so I went back and traced over my lines a second time.
Our Story Begins Sign
The third sign, “This is how our story begins” is my favorite because of the embellishments! I used the boards as spacing again, giving the words “our” and “story” their own lines. I wanted all of the signs to look cohesive together, so I stayed with the same lettering styles, faux calligraphy and uppercase print. In each corner, I drew 3-4 curving vines accented with dots. I also added a large loop embellishment to the “y.” I absolutely love how it turned out, and I hope the bride does too!
What do you think? Which of the signs is your favorite? For more hand lettering tutorials and project ideas, be sure to check out the Lettering section of the blog! Also, don’t forget to join us in the One Artsy Mama & Friends Facebook group where you can share photos of your own creations, ask questions, and more. See you there!