Hand lettering on wooden tray with DIY instructions

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Hand lettering on wooden tray

wooden serving tray

Wooden serving tray

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!

DIY Wedding Invitation
And as always my calligraphy font, Belluccia, one of myfonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011, is available at : myfonts.com and fontbros.com.

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