Lobster Anyone?

In my recent travels, I came across this bright red painted wooden lobster.   I thought it would make a great sign!

If you have read some of my earlier posts, you know how much I love signs.  I especially love vintage signs

…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.

Primer Red

Primer Red

Emperor's Silk

Emperor’s Silk

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?






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