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How to paint without being a skilled painter

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Samantha is a mom of 4 who loves crafting, DIY home improvements, and interior design.

I made this for my sister for Christmas
I made this for my sister for Christmas

Step 1

You will need to gather some wood. I use old pallets because they're free but you can use old fence panels or barn wood or purchase some from your local hardware store.

Step 2

Cut your wood down to size. Mine is 16" x 7" only because of the pallet size I already had. Sand the edges and face of the wood until you can glide your hand over it smoothly without any splinters.

Step 3

Open Microsoft Word on your computer and type out whatever saying you want on your sign. Play with the fonts until you find something you would like. (I wouldn't choose anything too scrolled if this is your first time). Make sure your size will fit on the sign and not be too small. You can always do multiple pages if you need to. Print.

Step 4

Once you have your saying printed out take a piece of chalk and scribble all over the back of the paper. Try to cover where your words are fairly heavy.

Step 5

Once your done coloring flip your paper over and line it up on the wood. Tape it in place to keep from moving. Use a ball point pen and trace your words. When you're done remove your paper and you should have exactly what was on your paper traced onto your wood.

Step 6

Using craft paint (in the color of your choice), paint inside the lines. Take your time and enjoy the meditation that this brings.

Step 7

When you have finished painting and it is completely dry use a clear coat spray paint and spray the sign evenly. This will insure that your sign lasts for years.

Step 8

Install a picture hanger to the back of your sign and hang it! Step back and end be amazed at what you created.

This is one of my favorites.  I like the look of chalkboard.
This is one of my favorites. I like the look of chalkboard.
This one is fun for when you start to get used to the technique.  I still chalked and traced to get the Georgia Tech logo.
This one is fun for when you start to get used to the technique. I still chalked and traced to get the Georgia Tech logo.

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    • adams07 profile imageAUTHOR

      Samantha Adams 

      4 years ago from Auburn, GA

      Thanks. I will have to check your shop out!

    • mgeorge1050 profile image


      4 years ago from West Georgia

      This is awesome information. I also have an Etsy shop that I link to in my hubs. I can't wait to try this technique, it looks pretty easy and the results look great. Thanks for the tips, keep up the good work.


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