My Upcycled Lucy Goosey Christmas Porch sign was a labor of love. I enjoy having unique, handmade decorations on my porch for all the major holidays. Upcycling also makes me feel good about the money I didn’t spend, and gives me an opportunity to use my ingenuity and creativity. The 1980s Christmas folk art goose pictured below was made from a beautifully cut piece of wood, but it was dark, heavily varnished, and stenciled. I wanted my goose to be lighter, brighter and hand painted.
Prepping the Surface
First, I sanded the entire goose with a block sander, then painted it with several coats of White craft paint. A pink Depression era candy jar lid was the perfect sized circle to trace onto both sides of the goose to make a pattern the wreath I wanted to paint. I used a pencil mark on an emery board to make sure the wreath was the same distance from the neck on both sides of the goose. That’s definitly a low technology way to measure, but it worked for me.
Painting the Details for the Upcycled Lucy Goosey Christmas Porch Sign
The wreath was swished onto the goose with Dark Green, Turquoise Green, then finally, White leaves. I wasn’t too careful about placing the leaves perfectly. This “painterly” wreath was created with abandon in quick, happy strokes.
New Courier font in size 100 on Microsoft Word produced the perfect letters for this project. Typewriter fonts are my favorites! I traced the letter pattern on with graphite paper, then used Black paint and a liner brush to outline the words.
Hearts are so much fun to paint. I especially love abstract, artsy hearts. This one was slapped on in a chunky, funky way with an angle brush and Red, Pink, Purple, and White paint.
I wanted to stick with the folk art style of the original goose, so a simple bow and berries seemed like the best choice. The colors in the bow are Red, Purple, and White.
Now I can use this fabulous goose to greet my guests on Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
I hope you enjoyed my Upcycled Lucy Goosey Christmas Porch Sign!
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