Saturday, April 13, 2013

Victorian Style B&B and Bespoke Sign


Our home has now been welcoming B&B travellers for a year and a half. The income has been devoted to the repairing and maintenance of this big thirteen-decade-old house. I held-off on making a sign until we were sure we'd found this little venture to be enjoyable. It has been just that. So here I am, presenting my sign made in the old school and up-cycled style. 


It's not a big sign - we are not Motel 6 after all - it's really for people who have previously booked a reservation; it reassures them that they are knocking at the right place. A handmade sign, it was done without the aid of my computer. Don't get me wrong, I love my iMac and adore my iPad mini, (which I refer to as "my precious"), but for custom work, it was easier to simply use pencil and paper, paint and paint brush.

To see the making of the sign from beginning to end and the creative process behind it, go to my 
art studio blog: studiovignette.blogspot.ca

David Smith is a real master in Victorian sign-making from the UK. Click on his name and watch the video of the artist at work - you will be amazed. Art for commerce, but not commercial art. 

6 comments:

GinaBVictorian said...

Anyes, your sign is beautiful! It looks perfect hanging there on the door off your B&B. So glad you decided to handmake it, it adds just the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing! Gina

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Gina,
Thank you so much. Yes, I saved a couple of hundreds by making it myself and it turned out okay. I should have abstained from that extra cup of coffee, I would have had a more stable hand.
Anyes
xx

Harry Flashman said...

It looks perfect!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thanks M,
We hope to see you and the girls sometime this year.
Anyes
xx

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyès,

Your sign looks great! I appreciate the skill with which you have so beautifully balanced everything, and especially the kerning of the letters. AAnd I like how the red frame works with the doors. Congratulations!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Mark. You are too kind. My skills pale in comparison to yours, but I appreciate your very generous complement.
Anyes
xx