‘Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.’ -C.S. Lewis
(The arrow sign is from MelissaAnneCompany on Etsy.)
I want our home filled with rich wisdom. I guess this is a small aesthetic attempt at filling our minds and home with poise and prudence.
Any average adult can complete this project. Please know if you put a paintbrush in my hand, nothing beautiful will come of it. I can’t draw. I can’t paint. I can, though, color between the lines in a coloring book. 🙂
And, this is not a post about handlettering. This is all traced, my friend. Yes, tracing paper and a paint pen.
Tracing paper (This is what I used. It is made for fabric but also worked great for this project.)
White acrylic paint
15 inch by 15 inch square of finished plywood
Free Courage Printable
1. Start with a clean work space. We used a 15 inch by 15 inch piece of finished plywood. Peter cut it to size. We chose this size to match another sign I’d bought for his room a while back.
By the way, an old shower curtain (after a trip through the washing machine) works great for a paint space.
2. Prime and/or paint your piece of wood. I primed mine first because I like layers of paint. I learned a lot after I purchased the ‘Handmade Walls’ digital book a few years ago. It had lots of tips about layering and layering and layering.
3. After priming and painting, I lightly distressed the edges of the wood.
4. I layered my tracing paper under my print and started tracing over the letters.
Since my sign is bigger than the standard sheet of paper, I had to print it out on four different sheets and then tape them together.
I don’t have a stylus specifically dedicated for tracing, but I learned that my husband’s carpenter pencils have a strong tip and worked great for this.
5. Slowly but surely, I traced every letter. One great thing about tracing paper is the carbon or chalk doesn’t wipe off. I was able to trace an entire line of letters at a time and the go back and paint them. I didn’t have to worry about my hand rubbing off the letters.
6. Then I started painting the letters. The word ‘COURAGE’ was in pretty large letters. I was able to paint that one easily with a small paint brush and acrylic paint.
Since I was painting white on top of teal, I ended up doing two to three coats.
7. I painted the smaller letters with a paint pen. Basically, this is like using a sharpie marker except it’s with paint.
For someone like me who doesn’t have high quality paint brushes nor has any painting skills, the paint pen is the way to go.
I also did two to three coats on the smaller letters.
Perfect for our three year old’s room. Then when he gets a bit older, maybe he can paint over this sign with one of his own favorite quotes.
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