“Lake Life” Pallet Sign

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Hi, Humble Home Friends!!  Sorry I’ve been away for so long!  So here’s my problem… Since the last time I’ve posted, I have started at least 8 or 9 projects!  I have taken pix and started blogging… but haven’t finished ANY of these projects yet!  My husband wants to strangle me, and I can’t blame him!  I finally got around to starting AND finishing a project today, so here it is!  I hope y’all like it!

So I started this project with a little baby pallet that I made out of some old packaging from something I bought a while back.  You can either build yourself a little pallet if you’re into that type of thing, or you can buy one pre-made at Walmart or Michael’s or any number of other craft stores.  They have them everywhere these days!  I started by painting mine with a base coat of grey.  (The writing you see on the pallet is from another project I started and never finished like, over a year ago!  Lol!  I just painted over it!)

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I started mixing in a variety of different colors in no particular order.  I only use a very small amount of paint on my brush so that I will get this weathered look.  I used white, blues and greys because I am making this for my friend’s lake house, and these are her colors.

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Just keep adding and layering your colors until you get the look you’re going for.  The trick is to use just a tiny bit of paint on your brush, and brush until the wood is almost dry.  Just keep adding layers.

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Once you get your colors just the way you like, give it a few minutes to dry, then draw your boat.  I start by sketching things out with a pencil, so I can erase if I don’t like it.  Since this is such a simple graphic, I chose to freehand it.  I felt like it was way easier to just draw a boat, then to go through the hassle of pulling out all my materials to make and use a stencil.  If drawing is not your thing, I’m sure there are plenty of places where you can find a stencil of a boat; or if you have a vinyl cutter, you can make yourself one.

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Once I have my boat sketched out the way I like it, I use an artists brush to paint it on the pallet…

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Then I just keep painting until I have filled it all in!

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For the letters, I like to use a sharpie paint pen.  These little guys are awesome!  It is so much easier to use them than it is to use paint and a small paintbrush! Again, I like to write my words out in pencil, just to get an idea of spacing and placement and all that before I just go crazy with my markers!

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So… there you have it!  All finished!

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