I am having fun creating original handmade signs these days. It’s not only a great creative outlet, but I’m finding it is a fantastic way to work through my scrap lumber bin.
Recently FrogTape® sent me some of their newest product: Shape Tape™. I knew I could create a great sign using this new tape, and with Halloween coming up I decided to go for a classic black cat. Nothing quite says Halloween like being on the lookout for a black cat running across your path.
Cut an 8×8 piece of wood (I used pine board leftover from my office shelves). Sand the edges lightly.
I recommend picking three colors for your sign – one primary color (I chose green), a metallic (I chose gold), and black. For the background color, I mixed a small amount of gold into the green to give it a nice sheen.
Shape Tape™ is tape designed to create a pattern, in this case, chevron. The tape has a backing that is easy to peel away and makes it a cinch to apply.
I used the chevron tape but applied it to create a diamond pattern. Apply your tape in whichever pattern suits your project – the options are limitless!
Mix a secondary color for your pattern. I switched up my previous formula and added a small amount of green into gold paint for metallic diamonds.
Be sure to remove the Shape Tape™ while the top coat is wet.
Trace around the cat using an ink pen and mix up your last color. You could use straight black, but I find it harsh. I mixed a black base with a hint of green and gold to tie each paint layer together.
Using a craft paint brush, paint in the cat. I used a #4 flat brush and painted two coats of my dark paint.
Because I don’t go too crazy decorating my house for Halloween, I am loving this subtle nod to the season. The colors are perfect for the fall, and the cat is quintessentially spooky.
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