Sign Making Tip
It was quite by accident that I discovered the use of Fusion Mineral Paint’s new Stain & Finishing Oil as a background in sign making.
We (partner Jim and I) were making bookshelves out of pine boards for the store. The easiest and very beautiful finish on raw wood is one coat of Finishing Oil as it stains and protects with one swipe. In this case we used a beautiful grey called Driftwood, but there is also Ebony, White, Natural (clear) and Cappuccino. ReLoving stocks all colours at $24.95 for 237 ml. Just look at everything we painted with just one little $24.95 can of Finishing Oil in this glimpse at our workshop:
Now there were ends left when we were all said and done and I couldn’t just through them out. Thank goodness it was the next week that I found a use for them – usually it is a year or two of storing something ‘just in case’! Anyway, I had these great pieces of metal shapes we had someone make for us with their CNC machine. We mounted the metal shapes then on a whim sanded around the edges of the board. Wham! Love. It.
So I loved the look so much I started stenciling over the Finishing Oil. Normally I would think of doing this as water-based paint doesn’t adhere to oil based finished. (Remember elementary science class, water and oil
don’t mix?) In this case I think it works on a sign because you hang it on a wall and leave it alone – not like a dresser. And, we had let the oil cure for over a week so the boards felt dry and non-oily.
All-in-all we have another very cool look to our signs. I could hardly wait to share this with you and I can hardly wait to make more signs. I hope you like them as much as we do.
At ReLoving we paint every day and we like to share with you what we learn along the way.
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