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.
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