I look forward to this time of year - the colors of the leaves, warm sweaters, family gathering together to share meals and memories. It's the time of year when our family parties move inside to the kitchen and dining room from the patio and barbecue of summertime. So, I take a little more time to decorate the house.
Signage is so popular now whether it is a phrase, a word or more. One of the most popular words this year is "gather", so I thought it would be a great word to etch on slate. I love the rustic look of slate and it's easy to etch. Previously, I have cut stencils and etched inside the stencil. This time, I'll show you how to etch the background, leaving the letters un-etched. To do this, I'm using two of my favorite etchall® products: etchall® dip 'n etch and etchall® resist gel.
Here's the slate sign I started with:
I traced the sign on a piece of scratch paper and wrote out the word to figure out the placement of the letters. Then, I went over the letters with the resist gel. I took a toothpick and went through the gel to spread it and added more where I wanted the letters thicker. Then, I let it dry.
To set up, I found a shallow plastic lid that fit my sign.
I poured the etchall® dip 'n etch over the sign to cover and waited for 15 minutes.
After etching, I pulled the sign from the etchall® dip 'n etch and rinsed under running water. I let it dry and pulled the resist off the slate. I poured the etching liquid back into the jar to use again later.
Here it is after etching:
I added a wire hanger.
"Gather" Etched Slate Sign
|"Gather" Etched Slate Sign|
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