In the last few months I have become very interested in wood and using it as a media to do hand lettering on. Living right on the river there is a decent amount of drift wood that gets washed up on our beaches and island making it easy to find lots of smaller very interesting pieces of wood. For this pleasure project I decided I wanted to use some of this drift wood/bark to do some hand lettering on wood. The first task I had to do for this project was to find a piece of wood I wanted to do my lettering on. After finding the piece I wanted to do my lettering on I began to do some sketching of how I wanted my lettering piece to be laid out on the wood. Once I had come up with the layout I wanted, it was time to begin the difficult part!
Wood being wood is generally not the smoothest surface and since the majority of the hand lettering I had done up to this point had been on paper it was definitely a bit of a trick to figure out what the best way to get the letters to look natural while on such a rough surface. After doing a rough outline in pencil on the wood I broke out the acrylic paint and began to carefully outline what I drawn on the wood. Once I had finished the outlines I add the final touches of filling in the letters and adding some decorative elements to finish it off.