Yes, lots of techniques are out there…painting over letter stickers is a popular one, especially when creating subway art. Letter stencils are another easy method. Neither was what I was after, though. I wanted something that would give me large letters, and I also didn’t like the line “breaks” that you see in letter stencils.
Find a font that you want to recreate, and, using your word processing software, type out and print out exactly what you want the sign to say. Also, make your letters the exact size you want them to be in the finished product.
Cut out each individual letter (leave a border of white around each letter), and place each letter exactly where you want it on your wood. Take your pencil (I used a mechanical pencil with no lead showing), and outline each of your letters.
The marks will be visible, but only barely!
(This, by the way, is where real artists probably want to stop reading-if they haven’t already!) Outline your letters using a paint pen.
Using a small paintbrush and craft paint. Fill in your letters (I needed two coats).
Let dry, and you're done!