Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jules Belin

Here is the sign I wanted to post about yesterday, but unfortunately it took me two days to finish it.  I can't begin to do a tutorial on this because it would make us all crazy.  Let's just say I did not have to purchase any stencils to get it done because I had everything on hand.  Yeah, I know.  I'm a little crazy.  However, some of these stencils I have had for at least 10 to 12 years.  I made several mistakes doing the layering of this sign.  It is about 5 feet wide and even though I am very experienced at painting signs on cabinet doors, it never occurred to me that the knob, which I wanted to keep, wasn't centered.  Duh!  Oh well.  My lettering isn't totally level either because by this morning I was starting to freehand a few things like the Old English lettering at the top and the brandy at the bottom is off a little too.  I will tell you though, I do love the finished product.  I always intend for my signs to look hand done, aged, and, of course, they are all one of a kinds.

Another thing I should mention is that I sell a lot of old authentic advertising signs and displays and I shy away from tobacco and alcohol related items.  I don't like to encourage vices in people.  No judgment here.  I have plenty of my own vices and my husband would say blogging is at the top of the list.   That said, I was looking for inspiration to do some layering of images and typography, and this one captured my attention the moment I saw it.  So I stayed true to the subject matter.  Besides, it's French and who can resist a Frenchman?
I was looking for layered inspiration and this vintage label delivered in spades.  
 You can totally tell my Old English printing is freehand.  I finally taped it off to keep it level.  It was hard to keep the word brandy level because I was working right up against the frame.  I also freehanded the bell. 
 Here is a blurry picture of what inspired me.  Yep, this is all I could see.  I researched this on the internet and found a modern version of the label to help me get the wording correct.  In case you are wondering it is from the 2012 3rd edition of Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine.
 I used a magnifying glass to make out the words so I could research the label and hopefully find a copy on the internet, but I did not find an exact match.  I still love my sign.  I guess you could say it was a copy cat challenge of sorts. 

Thanks so much for visiting.  I love it when you drop by.
 One last thing.  Here is the door before I went to work on the transformation.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
I'm partying at...

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs        The Graphics Fairy     Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Tutus and Tea Parties       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style         Ivy and Elephants        Faded Charm Cottage            
                                     Fine Craft Guild      
Thursdays        Embracing Change     The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    Fishtail Cottage
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    At the Picket Fence     Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Decorating Insanity   Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           It's Overflowing


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! Amazing, Maggie! I especially love it because I went to Nuits-Saint-Georges when I was in school in Dijon...such a pretty place...lots of vineyards! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

kkkkaty said...

Love this...and so many of your creations...have always wanted a similar technique but on a in French advertising, same size, too...have you done anything like that?

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

You did a great job!! I love your blog!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Fantastic sign! I can totally relate to the not staying straight part. I've painted many signs and very rarely does everything come out perfectly in line. Usually, you're the only one who even notices, and if you hadn't pointed it out, I wouldn't have caught it. I love that you painted it on an old door for more character. Very fun piece!

Bliss said...

Freaking awesome. I love it. And holy crapola, that's big!


kim3108 said...

I too love your blog and your work! This piece is awesome!

Annette T. said...

OH my goodness, Maggie, that is so beauitful. As a painter myself, there's so much work you put into it. It is beyond beauitful! I hope you're going to put it in Aubergine so I can stop by and see it in person!

Pat C. said...

Wow! It's simply stunning! That's quite an amazing "freehand" you have! Quelle artiste!;) xoxo

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

Wow, Maggie! This is indeed incredible.
I'm more impressed with the free hand and the amount of talent you have for making that look incredible. This whole project turned out amazing and totally professional looking. Perfect color, too.

Sonja @ said...

Your freehanding is impressive! Found you at MMonday.

Something Special said...

I like your French Sign very much done up in Blue. Very pretty, Not one would notice that the knob isn't perfectly centered. I am a new follower and am looking for more participants in my Summer Vintage hatbox swap. Come check it out, It looks like something you would enjoy doing.

Isabelle Thornton said...

Thanks so much for joining the French party! Come back on Mondays!