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It’s Fall Y’all! Stained Wooden Sign

Fall has got to be my absolute favorite season of the year. With the official first day of fall only twenty days away, I wanted some fall decoration that would be quick and easy to do. Looking to what I had on hand and knowing that I wanted to make a wooden sign of some sort, I decided that using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens and my Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker was really all that I needed with the exception of the small, blank wood sign which I easily snagged at Michaels for cheap (around $2-$10 depending on size).

Stain[ing] with me now.

First things first, corral all of the following supplies:

  1. blank wood sign (found at any craft store)
  2. Tombow Dual Brush Pen Markers (in your choice of colors). *If you don’t have the Dual Brush Pen Markers, any water-based marker will work, too. 🙂
  3. Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker *or any permanent black marker
  4. A flat paint brush
  5. Spritzer bottle filled with water
  6. Tombow Blending Palette. *A Ziplock/Glad sandwich bag is a fantastic substitute, if that is what you have available.
  7. White paint marker

Using your chosen color markers, rub them on the Tombow Blending Palette or sandwich bag. This servers two very important purposes. 1. You will ruin your Tombow Dual Brush Pens if you apply them directly to the wood surface. This helps to preserve the life of these gloriously versatile markers! 2. Applying the colors to a nonporous surface allows you to add water for a more transparent, stain-like effect.

Brush it. Brush it real good.

Because wood is so porous and absorbent when unprimed, I highly recommend just taking your brush with a little (I mean barely enough to wet the brush) water to brush onto the surface before you start applying color. Then using your cheap but trusty, craft paint brush begin apply the watered down marker colors. Take. Your. Time. You want to do this in very light layers letting it dry completely before doing the next layer. You will thank me later. I promise. 🙂

Keep applying layers using the blending palette, spritzer bottle, and craft brush as you run out of your stain colors until you are satisfied with the overall color of the sign.

Let it dry. I mean it.

After you’ve achieved the depth of color you want, let it dry for at least an hour. If you completely soaked your wood sign, you’ll need to wait longer.

*Tip: if the surface or back of the wood sign feels cool to the touch, it’s not dry.

Lettering “It’s Fall y’all!”

This part was by far the quickest. I simply lettered everything in pencil first to give myself a visual map that I could adjust if needed before making it permanent. Using the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker, slowly trace over the pencil lines until you’re done. When I finished this part, I did feel that it needed something else. So, I used a white paint marker to add some white dots to help the word “fall” to pop more. And…that’s it! Really! This took me maybe an hour start to finish which was done in steps between homework, chores, etc. Now, I’m one step closer to making our apartment ready for fall!