As a stay-at-home mom who is always busy multi-tasking and juggling family responsibilities, I treasure the moments that I can be creative and express my artistic side. I’ve created an at home small business that does just that. It is called Global Baby.
Global Baby offers baby name plaques in multi languages. I produce my plaques using canvas and wood and acrylic paint. I offer names in English, Greek, French, Gaelic, Hebrew and custom languages as well.
Here, I’ll illustrate how I design and produce the 6″x14″ wooden name plaques.
First, I begin with a plain unfinished wooden plaque. I sand it to make it smooth. I paint it (both sides) and then attach a pre-painted wooden ornament (can be purchased at Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby or any craft store and online).
Then, using a graphic-oriented software (I use Publisher), I produce the names on my computer with related ethnic fonts. I flip the font horizontally in order to produce a negative image. I then print it out on normal copy paper. I trace the name with a very sharp black charcoal pencil.
I then lay the outlined charcoal name face down on my painted wooden plaque and burnish the image with a blending stump (found in the drawing art supply section of any craft store).
I carefully paint the outlined name with black acrylic paint.
After two or three coats to make sure the letters are solid (letting each coat dry approximately 1 hour), I use a special artist eraser and carefully erase any pencil marks or lines. I then spray approximately three coats of clear gloss acrylic spray. Then, I staple the ribbon on and form it into a bow, using a bit of hot glue to make sure the ribbon appears and stays straight.
And there you have it! Global Baby’s personalized wooden baby name plaques. I produce them in Greek, English, French, Hebrew, Gaelic and the language of my customer’s choice (hence the Russian above). See https://www.etsy.com/shop/globalBaby to order your very own custom plaque.