I’m a big fan of the Seattle engravers that I saw last week at a local craft show.
And I love the process.
Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks that will help you get started.
Have a good idea for what you want to say.
There’s a big difference between a good engrapper and a great engravester.
Here’s what I mean.
Engravers can be really good at what they do and they can be a little bit clunky when they need to be.
So be sure you have a great idea for your sign.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, ask a friend or a professional engrafter what they’re thinking.
You can ask for a custom, hand-painted version of your sign or send a print to your local art supply company.
Decide what size to engrave.
Most engrafters are happy to engrace large, medium, and small signs, but I like to see what sizes my customers prefer.
For example, I often engrave smaller signs with a larger font size.
This will give me more room to add details and make my sign stand out from the crowd.
Decorate your sign with your favorite colors.
A lot of times when I’m engrafing I use a color palette that suits my client’s taste.
For instance, I love red for signs with bold fonts and dark colors for signs that are more casual.
I also love green for signs, with bright colors and bold fonts.
Choose the right size.
Engravings are generally made in two dimensions.
The top half of the sign is the main surface, the bottom half is a border.
For this reason, most engraurs choose the top half.
I usually make my signs about 2″ wide and 1.5″ high.
Don’t just use one color for your signs.
I like using a combination of two colors for my signs.
For me, this means purple, red, and yellow.
I’ve found that my clients like the bold red and the bold yellow because they feel like they’re on a beach in a cool, tropical environment.
I use purple and red for my larger signs to contrast with the dark blue background.
Keep your stencil clean.
Stencils can be dirty, so keep your ink clean.
They also need to dry out before you paint it. 7.
Don the hat.
I find that a hat that has a big, bold letter at the bottom and a smaller, bold one at the top is most comfortable to wear.
Also, hats are great for showing off your signs when you’re hanging out with your friends or hanging out at your favorite craft store.
Find a good size.
I’m usually willing to engrain smaller signs if I have room for them.
If I’m really into making a sign for a specific client, I’ll usually go for a smaller sign with a smaller font size, so that I can get my sign to stand out.
Choose a color for the inside of your logo.
Many clients love the color red, but they also like it blue and green.
For my signature, I choose blue because I think it looks best on a bright, sunny day.
Engrave the word “Engrave” and the words “Seattle.”
“Engraved” is my signature word.
I do this in black ink on a clear, dry paper.
“Seattle” is the logo word that comes next to it.
If my client asks me to add “Seattle,” I’ll do that.
Engraved in the Seattle language is always appreciated.
Find an engravable label.
When I’m designing a sign, I usually look for a label that I think will complement my sign.
I don’t want to have to go looking for a stencil to do the job.
The stencils I use to make my signature labels are really cheap, so you can do a lot of the work yourself.
Engrain a few words.
Engaging in this process can be fun, but it’s also pretty time consuming.
There are a few things that you can try to help you do this faster: 1.
Make sure your ink is dry.
It’s important to let your ink dry completely before you apply your sign so that you don’t have any drips on your sign after you’re done.
2, Have a place to hang your sign from.
A good place to store your sign is in a clean, well-ventilated area.
You don’t need to hang it from the ceiling of a building or even a wall.
You could even hang it directly from a ceiling fan.
3, Try a different color.
The colors that work best for you are green, blue, and red.
If your sign has any kind of logo or text