In a previous post on “experimental vinegar stain” I stained a wonderful cedar shutter. I loved the color but wanted to brighten in up just a touch. To do this I just watered down my paint sample and washed over the shutter again. The color was Bahaman Sea Blue by Benjamin Moore.
Next I set to painting my sunflowers. I was so happy how bright and inviting this piece was turning out that I wanted to keep it but had previously mentioned this project to a wonderful woman who had purchased one of my pieces. She was looking for another piece as a gift for her sister and I told her I was working on one she might like. When I finished the sunflowers I sent her a picture to see if that is what she had in mind. I also mentioned that I was very happy how it was looking and if I could find more shutter’s I would definitely want to do more.
I placed my flowers in a way that I would have room to add wording. Once my flowers were dry I was ready to add my wording. Let me tell you that was no easy task for me. I selected my font and size and tried to transfer the font on. Because of the louvers it was pretty wiggly and uneven. Fortunately I only tried one letter. I thought I might be able to stencil them on but I was on a bit of a time constraint with this piece as I promised my client it would be ready for the weekend. Some times I put too much pressure on myself to get things done. As I did not have time to cut out my stencils I decided it would have to be free hand. No problem I have done that before, “right”?
First I will tell you that curvy font on louvers free hand is in my opinion not the way to go. I had already started my font so I was committed to making it work. If I made an error there was no turning back unless I sanded and re-stained. I carefully painted my words using a mixed font. The straight font was free hand Riesling which I should have stuck with all the way through. Once I was done I noticed that the L in Life was not very defined. I used a black gel pen to see if I could make it look more like an L. Once I had done that I followed through on all the letters. That’s another medium I will not use on wood again for lettering it looked quite shaky. I then went over it with my very fine brush in black. All in all everything turned out very nice except I was still not happy with the L.
I contacted my client to let her know the shutter was finished and she said that they just happened to have four shutters in their garage if I was interested? Of course I was! These were unpainted very nice fir shutters. We struck a deal and I traded the Sunflower piece for the new shutters. She was so thrilled with the piece and I was thrilled to get four more blank canvases.
Nice how things turn out sometimes.