DIY Wooden Engraved Sign

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So while my workshop is being occupied and worked on I found an old project I had started but never finished {SURPRISE, SURPRISE!}. I had traced our last name onto a board and using a Dremel was carving out pieces of the wood.
I've completed several woodcuts and prints before but in the effort to save my hand LOTS of pain, I thought the Dremel would be easier.
"Etchings of Efflorescence"
Birch Wood & Stain ~ 24 x 16
While using the Dremel wasn't completely pain free {I had some hand cramps}, it was definitely easier and faster
Here is the board completely etched. Now comes the fun part!
I grabbed a roller and selected some paints.
With a thin layer of paint on the roller I ran it across the board. The paint only lands on the wood I did not carve out.
I could have left it this way but I wanted the letters to pop a little more.
I add green {hubby's favorite color} to the letters and darkened the background slightly.
I also painted a glossy polyurethane on the letters only to give them a  little extra pop.
All done! I started this project as a trail, I have a much larger one coming soon!

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  1. This sign looks fantastic!
    May I ask what bit you used in the Dremel? We just purchased a Dremel but, so far, have been unable to find many tips on engraving letters into wood. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.



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