Eat. Sleep. Fish! Walnut Ink & Wood Project Tutorial.
EAT. SLEEP. FISH.
It’s like Eat Pray Love, but for men (my father specifically). Today we are going to venture into new territories and stray away from paper and flowers to create this awesome wood sign that cost me only $1.30! (I am not kidding)
Just to recap, Walnut Inks are an antiquing solution that help create an aged look on almost any project. Use these inks on paper, leather, wood & more! I love the versatility and colors of these Inks!
Anyway, so here’s the scoop…
It all started with a piece of wood…
I picked this piece of wood out of the salvaged wood bin for $.05. at my local Re-Store.
No Joke…a nickle! The board as about 3 feet long and was in pretty rough shape, just the way I like it! I like the rustic look and the white paint was a great backdrop for the Walnut Inks.
First things first, sand and prep your wood! Give the board a good sanding and wipe it down with a clean cloth. I just sanded mine by hand, no tools needed here!
Since there was paint on the board already, the Ink did not saturate the wood like I was expecting. After the first full coat of ink it mearly stained the paint with a light color. I liked it, but wanted a more vibrant color. To get more color I let the ink dry a few minutes and then repeated the process a few more times.
Here is the board after a few coats of Ink. It was hard to see if the color would show, but once I removed the vinyl letters, the bright white paint showed through quite well. After letting the board sit a few days to fully dry, I added one last coat of ink and removed my letters.
For some last minute touch ups, I used a white charcoal pencil to color over where the ink had seeped under the vinyl letters slightly. When all was said and done, I sprayed it with a clear coat sealant for protection.
I drilled two holes into the top of my board and screwed in two eye hooks ($1.00 at local hardware store) for hanging. I then hooked the two ends of my vintage fish chain onto the sign and the sign was complete!
My dad turned 60 last week and I gave this to him for our family cabin. Needless to say, he loved it!