October 8, 2013

Painted Signs, No Skill Needed!

I have no decorative painting skills, so making signs is something I generally shy away from....But wait, I think I found a way to paint signs...No skill needed


I found this siding laying on the curb it was from an old house in downtown Orlando .  I stopped my car and loaded up as much as I could.....Wish I had taken more!  I've used it for different projects off and on the past two years and this is the end of it...Sniff, sniff!

When I decorated the Store Window I made a sign to hang on the arbor and it was the first thing that sold. 


So, I thought I would make a few more to bring to the Fancy Flea November 2


Some were stenciled....


 ....And some were made with the "Blender Pen Transfer Method"  You can find that method HERE at Graphics Fairy along with 11 other transfer methods


Now, I have no decorative painting skills, but wanted painted signs.  So, I printed out the words using a font where the letters had open spaces (Academy Engraved LET) on my Mac....


...Reversed the image and applied it with the blender pen


Then I used paint and a small paint brush to fill in the letters



TaDa...A painted sign.....And no decorative painting skills needed!



I price my signs between $12 and $16...Why the difference in price...
It is all based on do I like it or not!  

Does anyone else use this very precise form of pricing?

Happy Creating
Carol


41 comments:

Laurie said...

I love them and you are such gem for telling us how to do them!!

Katie said...

I love this! Is the blender pen easier to use than the water slide decal you often use?
Kathy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love 'em, Carol! I love signs myself. I've tried that pen but never seem to get a real clear image, but you've made me want to try it again. I have a product I got from Sheila at Plum Doodles that I'm going to be trying {similar type of treatment}.

Connie said...

Your signs are wonderful. When I set up with the Artist Market, back in the summer. I also, priced some items as you did here. If they were things that I didn't mind bringing back home to use myself or to use as gifts I just priced them a little bit higher :)

vintage girl at heart said...

awesome signs and a wonderful price!! wow! i miss hunting the curbs in florida. some good roadside rescues to be had down there! :)

marda said...

These are great signs.. not sure about that "no skill needed"!!!!
I like your pricing "attitude"!!

Bente said...

The signs are beautiful. Just love them.

Hugs

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everyone loves signs! And pricing must be a challenge! You're going to have such fun!

Kathy said...

You cracked me up! I have been asking people about how they price and you are the first one I heard admit that, although I think most of us are influenced by it.

Gail Schmidt said...

I like your blender pen idea. I've been reading about that lately for transfers but haven't bought the pen yet. I used to do it the old fashioned way, tracing the font,transferring the font, painting the font and I must say it got old after so many so I stopped. Now you make me want to try signs again. And yes of course that is the exact way I price! :) Thanks for my laugh of the day.
Gail

Iprefervintage said...

Yep, I price pretty much the same way.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those signs look great! Love that dressform in the window :)

Diane said...

Fab signs-- will check out the transfer technique. Even if you can hand letter, it's quite time consuming. Thanks for the link!

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I love your signs. Sometimes I price things based on the pain the item causes me...I know you know what I mean! LOL.

hugs
Sissie

Tammy said...

Great signs! Never saw a blender pen. I love your reasoning for the difference in prices :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Carol, Your signs turned out so nice. I think it must take some talent plus time!!! Nancy

Donna said...

Those are wonderful!

Martinel said...

These signs are absolutely wanderful!My compliments for your talent:)Everything you touch,become something gorgeous:)

Debbie said...

Do you know that I have never done this? I have seen the graphics used time and time again, and every single time I see it, I want to do it. I have yet to do so.

I love your signs, and I grinned at your pricing. That's probably what I would do.

Actually, I would do a royal belly flop in business, and I think I've figured out why: I'm so doggone cheap my own self that I would under price and therefore under value things. That's the dumb part of my blond.

Ros Crawford said...

Love your pricing method Lol! Almost as much as I love those signs ... and I love them all!!

Betty W said...

They look wonderful. I have never heard of a blender pen. Where do you get one?

Createology said...

Your pricing is too funny and your "painted" signs are fabulous. Clever Creative Carol!!! Blissful Dear...

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love these signs Carol. I have absolutely no decorative painting talent and love using these methods too. You'd never know, hehe. Too bad your stash is gone, keep your eyes open for more.

A Paris Flea said...

Fantastic signs...like the way you mixed them up, you've used your stash well! Your going to be awesome at the Fancy Flea,...presto chango Creative Carol turns into Cash Carol. Yeah I price the same way;-)

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Sign on, Harvest Moon, oh, sorry, I guess that's "Shine on, Harvest Moon, Carol. Anywhoo...each one is so cool and unique! Great job. Thanks.

Vett Vandiver said...

these are beautiful - you are so talented!!

Unknown said...

Love the signs, I wish I had have as much creativity in my bones as you do!!! I don't think you sleep, haha, you get so much done. As for the pricing method,,absolutely, I priced some handbags that were NOT my favorite at some lower prices, and they sell, and I get rid of, (hard to admit) some merchandise that makes room for the other products that I love.

Donna said...

I just love your signs, Carol! They are all tres magnifique! I'm not good at decorative painting either, you've inspired me to give your methods a try! And you have them priced very reasonably. That to me is the hardest part of creating, determining the prices!!

Kelley said...

I never fail to learn something new! Just wish I could avail of these media from across the Pacific Ocean. The results are awesome!

Kelley~

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your signs are gorgeous and very well priced. I hope I can make it to the fancy flea this year, sounds like so much fun! Love your lace scarves, too!
Hugs,
Patti

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, Your signs are wonderful. Priced just right too.
You and your creations are going to be a big hit at the Fancy Flea.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs!

aimee said...

Hello! I love the blender pen idea! It's genius!
I saw that it can be used on fabric, but do you know if it an be washed without losing the design ? I love your signs. Thank you.

Blessings,
Aimee

Perfectly Printed said...

Love these!!! And I think that is a perfect way to price your signs!!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Another great project Carol. Your booth is going to be so full, then so busy, then so empty. You go girl!

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

so now you've got the skill (very happy to use this new word - in fact it was somewhere very deeply hidden in my memory - and it is so so nice. I laughed reading you how you manage for your prices, because I often do the same for my paintings !!

xoxo

Joƫlle

Little Miss Maggie said...

Why, Carol, isn't that how everyone prices their items? Joking aside, I love your signs. They are wonderful. It's true, if I like something and I don't want to part with it, it does get a higher price tag so it doesn't hurt so much when it leaves.

Mimi Sue said...

I've been hoarding a couple of old boards I've picked up for signs. Hope to get at least one done soon. I like your technique. Mimi

Art and Sand said...

Your signs are wonderful.

I laughed at the "sniff, sniff" of using the last of your found wood. I have certain supplies that I love, but don't want to use too often since I can't get them again.

YamYam said...

I think that I would find a place for evryone! ;) beautiful! Ines

Debbiedoos said...

Those turned out just perfect Carol. You are right no skills needed. Those are going to sell fast too, people love signs!

Carla said...

Nifty signs
Thanks for sharing how you made them