I recently hand lettered on the bottom of a wooden serving tray to serve as a gift to an outgoing president of a study group. I worked with the colors on the front of the tray, lettering in a solid color then “antiqued” the letters by going over them with a tinted “wash” of paint. This is done using acrylic paint and a lettering brush then sealed with Clear Acrylic Matte Coating.
I think it would also be a great DIY project using paint pens.
Step 1: Find a simple block font and cursive font you like ( Belluccia comes to mind:). Create the layout on the computer, then print it at the size needed.
Step 2: Use transfer paper, (white would be needed on a dark background) to trace the lettering onto the tray. Make sure to line it up straight so it is parellell with the edges of the tray.
Step3: Next grab a sharpie paint pen in the chosen color and letter over the traced lines.
You’ve just created a pretty, personal and practical gift!
- And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011, is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.