What birthday gift do you get for someone who can buy anything? That was the dilemma I faced when invited to my Aunt Peg's Birthday luncheon! So I decided a handmade gift would be best - I had just been to the Sacramento Antique Fair and found this weird looking bag and was intrigued so I asked the lady about it.
|Uncle Bill and Aunt Peg's last name is Madsen and the "W&P Brand" stands for "William and Peg"|
This bag is about 14" wide by 11" tall so it was a pretty quick project - it will be a conversation starter between the old car enthusiasts - after the cars are driven in the parade, they usually line them up and then everyone walks around a checks out all the cars so I thought Aunt Peg and Uncle Bill needed a sign to display with their car and that would complete the gift.
So I went out to the shed and found an old dresser drawer board that was a perfect size, about 32" long and about 6 inches wide. I painted the whole board an antique white after sanding it, sketched out the lettering, grabbed some black paint and went to work.
|Aunt Peg and Uncle Bill's car is a 1934 Plymouth that they call "Welfare" - kind of a joke for them! The sign just looked too fresh compared to the old Water Bag so it was time to antique the sign.|
|First step was to sand it down with a foam sanding block to make it look like it had worn with age.|
|Next, I mixed some glazing medium with some burnt umber acrylic paint. The glazing medium makes the paint thinner so instead of an opaque paint , it is kind of translucent, and it also makes a nice finish, sealing the paint.|