My daughter and son-in-law enjoy touring craft breweries and wineries. They adopted a sweet little dog and named her Brew. I remembered that my parents had this reproduction tavern sign hanging in their kitchen when I was a child. I dug it out of the garage, blew off the dust, and got to work creating a personalized "old" pub sign for my daughter and her husband for Christmas.
Step 1: Choose Your Wood
First, you will need a board or an old sign. If you enjoy hunting through thrift stores, ebay, or simply smelling fresh sawdust at your local hardware store-this project promises fun!
If you cannot find a sign or an old piece of wood, simply head to the hardware store and have wood cut to size. Craft stores can supply metal hooks or rope for hanging.
Step 2: Strip
Using stripper to remove the old varnish and paint I was able to get a fairly clean, blank area to work with.
Step 3: Sand, Sand, Sand...
After scraping the varnish and old paint away, the surface was not as smooth as I had hoped. I used a hand sander to smooth and clear away any remaining varnish.
Step 4: Style Search
I knew I wanted my daughter's dog to be the center piece of the pub sign.I found several old tavern signs by doing a search on google, old pub signs, old tavern signs. I found so many great vintage signs and selected elements and ideas from several. However, finding a small fat dog image was not as easy, I knew I needed to dramatically change the image for dog.
Step 5: Copy, Cut, Edit, Copy, Cut, Edit
I found an image I could start with and then put it into a Word document. I edited to reflect the true size and shape of my daughter's chubby dog, Brew. I then printed it out in black and white. I cut the dog shape and the dog bowl from the printer paper.
Step 6: Detail, Glue to Background
I had to create my own background as my paper was not large enough for the size needed. I used cray-pas/oil pastels to create the fine detail of the dog and the bowl. I then took it to Staples and had it printed on regular printer paper.
Step 7: Create the Words
I created the words using the printer, a pencil, and scissors. Scribble on the back of the printer paper with words using a pencil. Position the paper words where you need them, trace over them with pencil. You will see a faint image of the letters and be able to use a paint pen to fill in the letters.
Step 8: Attaching the Image
Spread Modge Podge made for photo transfer, or a gel medium over the surface of the wood. Position your picture and carefully spread a thin coat-like a thin coat of paint-across the back of the printer paper with the picture facing the wood. DO NOT touch it for at least 24 hours.
Step 9: Pick It
When it is completely dry use a damp cloth to get the paper wet. Then, pick or roll off the paper. The picture will now be transferred to the wood! *I did use oil pastels to clarify the image and create shadows. Finally, I sprayed the entire image with a matte sealer.