Today, the confessions continue: bloggers do not have perfect handwriting to perfectly letter signs. Nope, most of us are just a sloppy mess, including our handwriting.
We use vinyl and stencils to letter signs. Or, if we really live outside the box we might use the transfer method I shared HERE. But, in my recent quest to keep it real, keep it authentic I have decided to start doing some hand lettering, free of stencils and transfers.
As more and more stores are recreating what we have been doing for years, I am more and more into keeping it real and authentic and imperfect. The stores can have their perfectly lettered subway art that they sell at a mass produced made in China price that I can never compete with. I am embracing imperfection--in myself, my home, my parenting, my work.
Now don't get me wrong, I continue to strive to be the best version of me I can be--an imperfect mess at best. I work hard to be a mom and a wife that I can be proud of. I strive to create beautiful, quality work.
I am just not trying to be perfect, and that includes my work. I like the quality of handmade, the variances and imperfections that make the piece unique and one of a kind. And with this newly found love of the imperfection I am trying my hand at completely hand-lettered signs.
This one is painted on some lovely, HEAVY, reclaimed oak. I loosely letter it out in chalk first and then paint it with a gloss latex paint. The gloss paint resists the stain so it stays white.
And while my coffee sign may be imperfect, my morning cup of java this morning was perfectly wonderful.