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I will show you one method to painting "old" signs for your mancave or special event or use them as artwork in your home or business.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

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1) a sign blank, metal or wood in whatever size you would like, this one is 16" X 24"
2) design idea,  text or artwork, I laid mine out in Coreldraw but you can use whatever your comfortable with or just draw on the surface
3) paint, I used Sherwin Williams latex acrylics
4) brushes, I used cheap brushes I got in a 25 pack at a big store retailer
5) sandpaper, transfer paper
6) not necessary but I used some crackle medium to help age the paint

Step 2: Coating out

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I used some old masonite I had laying in the shop, but you can use old boards or sheet metal. I have used 1 X 12 pine boards and sheets of aluminum you can also apply these techniques to furniture and walls.

Coat the board in two contrasting colors, I used black then white. Apply the paint loosely you do not not need or want even or complete coverage, allow some wood to show through. When this is dry to the touch (I used a heat gun) apply your contrasting color I used white because the school colors are blue and white. let this dry to the touch and then take some high tack tape such as duct tape and apply randomly and pull off some of the paint.

I used some McLoskey special effects crackle glaze between these coats. there are similar products available at paint stores and craft stores.
saintez3 years ago
I really like your signs. Can I find the transfer medium at an art store? Thanks for showing your work!
peterman921 (author)  saintez3 years ago
yes, just ask for transfer paper or one brand name is Saral
Thanks!! I'm very excited about trying this out in the next couple of weeks!
l8nite3 years ago
if you use a candle to scribble around where your going to paint, the paint wont stick and adds to the crackle effect. Ive used the trick in the past with all kinds of finishes when "aging" furniture, a watery wash of burnt umber craft paint adds a dirty look as well... great looking signs !
peterman921 (author)  l8nite3 years ago
I've heard of the wax treatment but never used it, and I have used asphaltum, and burnt umber in the past to get some rally aged and dirty signs.
snideprime3 years ago
As a member of the SHS Class of '68, I take exception to the reference to "antique" in the title!
peterman921 (author)  snideprime3 years ago
just substitute the word vintage for antique :)