I love any excuse to break out my gold paint pens, and this party was certainly no exception!
For as frustrating as it can be, I really do enjoy free-handing signs, prints and paintings. To create this Roaring Twenties Birthday sign, I looked at several Art Deco-style fonts as well as Gatsby-inspired invitations, and even scenes from the recent movie to get inspiration for my sign. And I always sketch out my ideas before putting paint pen to posterboard.
I used a ruler to draw out the rectangular center where I wanted my text to live, then I spaced out each line of text before going over it my gold paint pen. I used two different gold paint pens to create this sign: a 2.0mm tip for the thicker lettering and an extra fine point tip for the thin, detailed lettering (similar to these*)
After I got my text in place, I added the Art Deco-y designs at the top and sides.
One word of advice: don’t cut corners when you sketch! I was going off of my loose sketch as I was laying out my text, and had to squeeze in the ” ‘s” on my name as an after-thought, because I hadn’t accounted for it in my rough sketch. Whoops! Tis the fault and frustration in free-handing! But thankfully, I’d decided on a super-skinny type of font for my name, so it doesn’t look too wonky.
To get the posterboard to fit into our existing frame, I created my own “matte board” with gold streamers. (Just to note: this frame is probably the most versatile piece of decor in our house! I cover it up and use it as a backdrop for so many holidays! Sure beats taking it down and storing it somewhere!)
The finished sign made for a perfect party centerpiece on our mantel, all dressed up with gold accents (yep, those are Christmas ornaments!), mercury glass and white flower arrangements.
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