Good morning! I can’t tell you how deeply excited I am that this day has arrived. I couldn’t wait for it and there were times I wasn’t sure it would become a reality. But it did! I’m literally breathless that it’s here.
What in the world am I so giddy about??
I finished the Pixelgarden Sign!!
For those that are new around here, I started this DIY project almost three (count them, THREE!) years ago with a post about how to distress boards to create a vintage sign. That original post you can read here.
And then this last January after people asked “whatever happened with the sign?”, I declared that I was determined to get this bad boy finished before the arrival of 2016. The work in progress I shared here.
And so it’s with great excitement I can finally share that the sign is finished and hanging in its new home.
We went through various concepts before coming up with this design for my husband’s graphic design and illustration studio, Pixelgarden.
When we finally landed on a layout, Tyson printed the design and created some color mock ups for me to work from.
I borrowed our church projector to transfer the design onto the wood boards with chalk and then I got to the process of painting… and procrastinating. Mostly procrastinating.
Here’s what I learned along the way:
Hand lettering is not perfection – One of the biggest hurdles that I had to overcoming was accepting that there is no room for perfection in hand lettering. If we had wanted perfect we would’ve had the design printed on the wood stained board. But we opted for the sign to be hand painted, which includes human flaws… slight variances in size and weight of each brush stroke to add to it’s handmade, vintage charm.
As I got deeper and deeper into this project the risk of screwing it up became greater and greater. I liked what I had done so far, but what if I botched it before finishing?? This left me not getting it finished at all. Months and months would roll by to avoid failing. Once I embraced that there would be flaws, I was able to move forward quickly.
I like hand lettering – As sick and twisted as it is to spend hours painting with a tiny paint brush, once I got past my anxiety of it not being perfect, I was able to enjoy the process of painting. It’s actually very therapeutic and I’m looking forward to my next (much smaller) project because of it.
Start simply – I’m the worst at choosing the hardest thing possible when I’ve never done something before. I don’t set-out to pick the most challenging of projects… I just get excited and jump in without really thinking through if my skill set matches the scope of what I’m taking on. Hand painting something that required circles and thin straight lines was intimidating. Next time I’ll choose a design that is simpler.
Start small –Start with something small and work up as your confidence grows. This sign measures (72” x 32.5”) The stakes would’ve been smaller if the scale would’ve been smaller.
Procrastination can mess with your paint – If you take almost three years to complete a project, time is going to affect the quality of your paint. Mine began to thicken and become more challenging to work with. Diluting it with water helped, but getting it done quickly would’ve been better.
So what does the vintage sign look like hanging in the studio?
I’m so glad you asked.
We drew from paint colors that we used when renovating the studio to create the hand lettered sign. The result is even better than I had imagined.
In the beginning, I truly had moments when I wanted to give-up and call it a day. I feared that everything would go tragically wrong and this project would result in a massive bonfire because I was D-O-N-E!
But I’m so glad I kept going. To be honest, the entire thing took only a couple of weeks (an hour here and there) once I put my fears on notice and dove in. Completing a long fought project… overcoming procrastination and self-doubt is definitely sweet.
I feel like I’ve shed a massive weight off my shoulders… a 6ft weight… and I’m already looking forward to tackling the next overdue DIY project.
What is it that perfectionism and procrastination have been getting the better of you on? Can you dig in and tackle it? What’s the worst that can happen? Even the worst case scenario is better than it continuing to loom over you unfinished.
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