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Just doodlin around in my studio with some nice weathered wood from my neighbor’s old stockade fence. I like the look of the stenciled wood signs that are popular right now and I’ve been planning on making a few. When my neighbor took out an older stockade fence I looked at that pile of weathered wood, just the perfect weight and color for little signs…I gave the wood and the paint and the designs a try and I am on my way. These are hand-painted, not stenciled.
Peace, Love & Cats
I painted signs years ago, before I bought my house, and before everyone went digital, big sheets of plywood for work sites, window banners, even a few trucks and buildings. I joke that’s how I saved the down payment for my house. And I still love to paint them. These signs are painted freehand with outlines I traced on the wood. The sign above is okay on this rough wood but the wood is too rough to freehand the kitty shapes and keep them uniform on the sign below so I’ll probably stencil those.
Potato Chips & Cats
The wood is 4″ wide so the signs aren’t terribly large. “Peace, Love & Cats” is 10.5″ wide and “Potato Chips & Cats” is 12″ wide. I have plenty of wood so I can even put two or three slats together to make larger signs.
I shared these two signs last weekend and hoped I’d have a few of them done ready to stock my website, but the thing that’s holding me back is a hanger, of all things. Because this was from a stockade fence, the wood is slightly concave on the back so I can’t use a simple picture hanger. Instead I’m browsing eye hooks and twine to string through to hooks on either end for a really rustic look. And I’ll have other designs too.
A customer asked at my open house if my trinket and decorative dishes would make good soap dishes. In fact, yes, they would! Mimi is only modeling them, she is not for sale though she is in the display case.
Are you sure you want to do this?
I posted about my Kitty Love picture frames on Portraits of Animals and added that they were not only good for photos, but you could also use the heart-shaped opening to display a quote or other text. The frames aren’t sold with quotes in them, that’s only for display. Bella wants me to know that the quote in one of the frames does not have cats as the subject, and do I really want to do this? Bella is a creative thinker, but sometimes she is very literal.
Hamlet isn’t sure what to think and is suddenly shy.
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