You Are My Sunshine Art

I came across this super cute diy “You are my Sunshine” art over at aka design.  This one is fabulous but seemed a little too complicated for me, so I simplified my version. 
I had a scrap piece of plywood in my garage that I stained with one coat of a walnut stain.  After drying I painted one coat of white over top of the stain.  I had borrowed a friends cricut machine (oh how I want one of my own) and used it to cut out the letters.  I used 3 different font options for my lettering.  I placed the letters on top of the white paint.  And gave it a good coat of yellow paint.  Once dry I peeled off the letters.  I know you’re wondering why I wouldn’t have just placed the letters on top of the finished product, but I wanted a hand painted, rustic look.
At this point I took my mouse sander to it and just sanded off enough paint to age it.  You can take off as much or as little as you want.  I then painted the thin white border and the bunting by hand.  I added a fine line of black paint along the edge of the letters to give it a shadowy effect.  And of course gave it one more go with the sander. I think I may love using my sander a little too much.
diy sunshine art
 It just makes me smile =)

7 thoughts on “You Are My Sunshine Art

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  2. This makes me smile too. Absolutely wonderful piece of art. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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