A DIY Tutorial: A ‘Courage’ Sign for a Little Boy’s Room

‘Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.’ -C.S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.(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.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.
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.

Supplies:
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
Paintbrushes
Paint
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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

3. After priming and painting, I lightly distressed the edges of the wood.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.
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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

7. I painted the smaller letters with a paint pen. Basically, this is like using a sharpie marker except it’s with paint.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

I also did two to three coats on the smaller letters.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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.

Courage is not simple one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CS Lewis. A sign for a little boy's room.

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