Monogram Sign with Glazed & Textured Background

Monogram signs are all the rage in home decor this season!  

We’re going to show you how to create your own monogram sign with a textured background using Artisan Enhancements Crackle Tex and VP Antico!  A custom tinted Scumble Glaze will give your sign a weathered patina and accentuate the crackle finish!  Completing your piece with exterior grade Clear Topcoat Sealer will insure that your sign is ready for use both inside and out!

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After giving this discarded wood panel a good cleaning, we stippled Crackle Tex directly onto the entire surface and gave it about an hour to dry completely.  A hair dryer can be used to speed up the dry time if you’re in a hurry!

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Once the Crackle Tex was completely dry, we applied a fairly thin coat of VP Antico to the entire surface with our Color Shaper tool, dragging the product across the board in varied directions.  Once again, a hair dryer will speed up the drying process if desired.

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As the VP Antico dries, dramatic cracks will begin to appear, revealing the wood grain underneath.  This is a great look on it’s own, but as it would be a bit busy for our sign, we chose to paint over the crackled surface with a coat of Old Ochre for a more neutral, textured background.

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Our “Bee” stencil has a great laurel wreath that is the perfect size to frame a letter from our “Vintage Alphabet Stencil Set”  We taped it in place and used our stencil brushes to stencil the leaves in Olive and Scandinavian Pink.

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Working with two colors and blending them directly onto the stencil creates a look that has dimension.

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After allowing our stenciled laurel wreath to dry, we centered and taped our “B” in place for our monogram and used our stencil brush to stencil the letter in Graphite.

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Before applying our Scumble Glaze, we first brushed on a quick coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer which provides a workable surface for the glaze.  The Topcoat Brush is ideal for applying thin, even coats of sealer.

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We created a light brown glaze by mixing 5 parts Scumble to 1 part Olive and Scandinavian Pink.  This glaze was applied with a seal wool sponge.

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This Scumble Glaze provided just enough color to give the sign a slightly aged appearance.

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After a couple of thin coats of exterior grade Clear Topcoat Sealer, this Monogram Sign is ready to be displayed either indoors or out!  The textured and glazed background gives it a rich, custom look that’s sure to draw attention!

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If you have been planning to create a Monogram sign for your home, consider starting with a textured background using Artisan Enhancements Crackle Tex and VP Antico!  Be sure to hashtag #artisanenhancements in your social media shares!  We would love to see your creations!

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2 thoughts on “Monogram Sign with Glazed & Textured Background

    • Hi Sheila-
      Crackle Tex works to pull apart and create crackle in the product applied over top of it, whether it be a water based paint or plaster product. In this case we used VP Antico over the Crackle Tex to achieve a highly textured crackle. You could simply use a layer of water based paint over Crackle Tex to create a crackled background for this project. Our objective here was to show a crackled plaster look with the VP Antico product. Let us know if you need any further clarification. Thank you for your comment!

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