America Painted Type

This is a sponsored post for DecoArt for whom I am a Core Blogger. As always, all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
Painted Patriotic SignHand lettering is SO popular right now! Too bad my handwriting stinks. I’m working on improving it, but in the meantime, I’m using an alternative “handwritten” type technique.

I thought the hand lettering look was perfect for my new America wall art! Let me show you how I made it.

And, as a bonus, be sure to check out some more fabulous Patriotic Painted Projects from other DecoArt Core Bloggers at the end of this post!

Painted Patriotic SignI found this flag wall art at Target in the Dollar Spot. It was a little too forced rustic for my taste. But I’ve been on the hunt for something shaped like the US for ages that I could alter and the price was just right on this.

I also used DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint in Primary Blue, Snow White, and Primary Red.

Painted Patriotic SignStart by painting the entire front of the wall art in Primary Blue. It took ~4-5 coats to completely cover the stars and stripes.

Next, create the text on your computer. I love the Austie Bost Versailles font for faux hand lettering. Print out the text, place it on your wall art, and trace slowly over the text with a Sharpie. The Sharpie will go through the paper and leave a pattern on the paint that you can trace. Once the Sharpie is dry on the paint, go over it with a small point paintbrush and the Snow White paint. Trace over the letters with at least 2 coats of the paint.

Paint on some little stars for accents in the empty spaces.

Painted Patriotic SignTo incorporate the red into the wall art, paint the edge with the Primary Red. Allow it to overlap onto the front of the sign as well.

Painted Patriotic SignI accidentally got a little bit of paint on the rope so I covered it with some ribbon. But I love how it looks and further brings in the red color!

I am so in love with how this sign turned out! It’s going to be an exciting addition to my patriotic mantel this summer.


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Don’t miss these other Patriotic Painted Projects from other DecoArt Core Bloggers!


  1. says

    You did such a nice job on this! I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂

  2. says

    I found you on several blog parties, your creation turned out great, its different and unique.
    I would love to have you stop by and share on my #OMHGFF this week.

    Happy 4th of July!!

  3. says

    I love this! What a great patriotic craft idea. Great tips for how to get the handwriting look, too. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  4. says

    I absolutely love this hanging that you created! And what a great way to repurpose something that was almost right but not quite. I must admit that I have used similar techniques to fake good handwriting over the years. If people do ask if that’s my handwriting and I have to sheepishly say no, they are usually so impressed with how I did it that it never matters! I haven’t seen anything good like this at my Target dollar spot but I think my Dad could easily cut something similar out of wood for me. I don’t know if I’ll get it done in time to use this year but fortunately being patriotic doesn’t go out of style and will be ready for me next year!

  5. kate says

    About how wide and how high is the wooden map? I’m thinking if it’s in the dollar section, not too large, which is what I want!


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