Monday, 29 May 2017

Keep Out Sign for the Young Marine Biologist - by Claudia

Hi, servus and thank you so much for stopping by today! And I would also like to thank you all for the lovely comments you always leave with my projects - they're highly appreciated! :)

Today I want to share with you a "Keep Out" sign that I made for my son's new room. We have been busily renovating during the last weeks and my husband and I are switching rooms with our son. So he will soon have his own bedroom and small living room (and we are going to have a brand new bedroom with new furniture...so all are more than happy). 

Those who already know a bit about me and my family may remember that my son wants to become a marine biologist and that he especially loves sharks, whales and the coealacanth. So making a shark door sign for him was quite an obvious thing to do with Calico Craft Parts' awesome shark wood shapes



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I wanted to create a vintage style sign, so I browsed the net for images of vintage signs and studied their colours, designs and font styles before I decided on which products and colour tones to use.


Then I started with adding some Burnt Umber heavy body acrylic paint and white DecoArt Acrylic Gesso to the plaque and the shark shape. 


Once the plaque was dry I added some DecoArt Weathered Wood to it with a soft brush. 


While that was set aside to dry I painted my shark using DecoArt media Titanium White, Phtalo Turquoise, Qinacridone Magenta, English Red Oxide and Cobalt Teal Hue fluid acrylics. 


I mixed some Titanium White, Quin Magenta and English Red Oxide to paint the mouth's inside. Once that was dry I dry brushed the teeth with Titanium White. 

In the meantime the Weathered Wood had gotten dry to the touch - perfect for quickly applying the top colour with a soft brush. I chose DecoArt Americana Sea Breeze as I think it is the perfect vintage colour for an ocean life themed sign! 


I let the painted plaque dry naturally before I mixed some DecoArt Americana Primary Yellow and DecoArt media English Red Oxide to paint a thin frame around the plaque. 


Once that was dry I drew a thin white border using a white gel pen. 


To make sure the font and letters were in the exact spot where I wanted them, I drew a template by outlining the plaque and the shark with a pencil and cutting it out. Then I marked the height of the letters with lower and upper lines that followed the shape of the plaque. 


I sketched my words on that template and then transferred them onto my plaque using DecoArt Americana Transfer Paper. I used a ball point pen for sufficient pressure and traced my letters precisely. 



They were then painted with DecoArt media Phtalo Turquoise using a fine tip brush. 


I also added two greyboard stars that I had painted with English Red Oxide. 


Everything was glued into place using matte DecoArt Decou-Page.


For a final touch I painted a very thin outline with English Red Oxide to repeat the colour of the stars and the shark's jaw. 


I drilled two holes using my Dremel to fix some rough cord for a hanging loop.


I simply tied a knot into the cord's ends. 


Done!


My son loves his new sign for the door to his new "realm". And I hope you like it too (and I am quite sure that there are a lot of future marine biologists out there who would love a "keep out" sign like this too). 

See you in two weeks!
Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx


10 comments:

  1. Great sign for your son's room! I would definitely think twice about entering with this warning on the door! Seriously, though, it's a great idea, brilliantly done. xxx

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    1. :) Thank you so much, Julie Ann! Mwah! XXX

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  2. that's awesome! How perfect for your son. =)

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  3. Fantastic Plaque, Claudia. Thanks for tutorial.

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    1. So glad you like my shark sign, Lisa and Shilpa! Thanks so much! xxx

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  4. Really cute, Claudia. Great tutorial.

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    1. Thank you very much, Candy! Mwah! x

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  5. Dark burnt umber to a LUSCIOUSLY crackled turquoise seascape - so YUMMY! And I bet that shark was thinking YOU looked YUMMY tooooo Claudia!!! What a perfect project for your budding biologist! SO NEAT. Xj.

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  6. I'm sure he loved this sign. Perfect for a young man who wants to be a marine biologist.

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  7. :) Thank you both so much for the kind words, Joi and Lucy! Mwah! xxx

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