I love any reason to paint a wooden sign, especially when it is for a fundraiser. Recently, my friend Maura Dacey hosted an event for the Pan Mass Challenge and I was happy to donate an item to such a great cause, and attend such a wonderful event.
After I decided on a fitting phrase of “Keep Calm and Ride On”, I got to work sanding down my cut plywood. I decided to freehand the design, which I usually do. In this case I used a picture of a bike online as inspiration and just tried to copy what I saw. I also decided to use acrylic paint instead of spray paint for the base. This allowed for me to mix the right color grey, and to paint around the letters, and then fill them in with either the white or reddish orange.
As for the bike, I knew I wanted to add a little of the yellow and red color to tie it all together. However, after I went over my bike lines with the yellow, it looked a little messy, and I wanted the bike to retain its outside lines. Therefore, once the paint was dry I decided to go over it with a Sharpie marker. I find having one handy is always helpful for drawing straight black lines on any sign. Also, if I think it looks to much like marker, I just add a little black paint in certain spots!
Here are a few pictures from the fundraiser, and click here to donate to support Maura in the Pan Mass Challenge!