In my recent travels, I came across this bright red painted wooden lobster. I thought it would make a great sign!
…but a found object can be a fun place to start too! I could tell someone took great care and effort with a jigsaw to cut out the shape. It probably took a lot of time and patience.
Fortunately, that left me with the fun part! To tone down the bright red color, I mixed Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® together and thinned down the paint mix with water to make a wash.
I painted the wash of color over the surface, wiping some away as I went. Once dry, I painted on some lettering with Old White Chalk Paint® using a liner brush.
After it was dry, I waxed the surface with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and then used a little dark wax to tone down the white lettering.
The wax really enhanced the color and brought the sign to life.
While the sign has since found a new home, the whole project reminds me of clambakes, the coast and summer in New England. Lobster anyone?