Specializing in hand-painted, custom sign art for:

weddings, event, businesses, home decor + gifts;

& public or private Chalk School classes for you DIYers.

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The short story... 

Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by. Here's my story and I'm sticking to it ...I am Amber and I DO SIGNS. Once upon a time, I got a degree in fine art and education. I have had various jobs since then but throughout my life, in all its ups and downs, I have found inspiring quotes to get me through, help me laugh or remind me not to take myself too seriously.  [You can learn a little more about that here.] And I have forever been fascinated with fonts and lettering. I love that now I get to bring all of that together in my art and share it with my sign clients and Chalk School students.

 

The long version...

The sign design passion all started a few years back when I had a business styling vintage weddings and our brides kept asking for signs and I thought, "I have a degree in art, I can do that!" But I couldn't. Not at first. I mean I tried but they were not great. So I quickly had to figure out a way to make them something I could be proud of and by my third attempt, I nailed it. IMHO -- a.k.a. I found a technique that worked. I still use it for every sign project and I also teach it in Chalk School.  More about that below, but first, here are some pics of the first set of signs I was super excited about.

 

And after a few more weddings, I began to realize I really enjoyed making sign art. Soon enough I was getting so many requests for signs I decided to focus on doing just that.  And even though they weren't all wedding signs, cuz other requests were rolling in too, I knew I wanted to pay homage to how I got to be a sign maker and thus I DO SIGNS was born. I DO as in wedding vows. (Sometimes I think people miss that in my business name so let me just point that out real blunt like. ;-)

 

The custom design part...

As for my particular type (no pun intended) of sign design, it's all about the custom art for me--or you, rather. That's why I ask, 'What's your sign?' Whether it be for a wedding, a business or a home, I love making something different for each and every client. Something you will cherish, love and respond to because you inspired it. Custom work allows us to be creative and inventive together and then I use my trusty old graphic design and fine art skills to pull it all together. 

 

Doing something different each time also allows me to be new and fresh with each design--which is my jam because lettering styles, like fashion, regularly evolve and change. And like fashion, it would get super boring to wear the same clothing or accessories day after day. Luckily I don't have to. And since every complete wardrobe has those fun, trendy pieces but also includes a LBD (little black dress) and nude pumps, so do my lettering styles. In sign terms that means I will definitely pull out a classic lettering style when it's called for and I know how to offset trendy with the tried and true.  And the best part is you get to help choose the wardrobe that fits you best. So please do tell me, What's your sign?

 

The type of sign part...

I can make signs on boards I provide (chalkboard, wood, paper, art board, glass/Plexiglas, etc.), on boards you provide or on-site (walls or glass). As mentioned I make most of my designs custom and part of that process includes deciding what type of sign it will be, what colors I'll use for both the surface and lettering, what the overall style will be (fun, modern, classic, whimsical, clean, illustrated, etc.) and how the lettering will look (caps, cursive, calligraphy, block, etc.).  We will work together to decide your sign design.  And from there, I will create your hand-painted piece. 

 

The teaching part...

I honestly never thought of it until a sweet friend who has an amazing co-work space said to me, "If you ever want to teach a class, you can use my space." And the more I thought about it the more I realized I am a DIYer by nature so I totally get people who want to learn how to make things for themselves. Yet when I first started teaching Chalk School I was concerned if I gave out all my secrets no one would hire me but my students learned that while sign making is fun and can be much easier once they learn my techniques, for big projects like weddings or business signs it's best to call in a professional (me). And if they don't ever have a need to hire me, that's okay too, because I have loved getting to meet and teach so many fellow creative and likeminded souls--not to mention I got to dust off the ol' teaching degree. Plus, I really enjoy coming up with the sign designs we to do together. I regularly update my selection with new ideas, seasonal sayings and fun quotes. So there's that keeping it fresh part I love again. You can see pics of all the Chalk School grads with their sign art here.

 

And in conclusion...(finally, right? I guess you know my secret about being wordy now too)...

When I'm not doing all that, you'll find me decorating my house and being a chauffeur--I mean mom. I'm pretty sure driving all around tarnation counts as a hobby with three kids! On a date with Mr. I DO SIGNS every Friday night and perusing estate sales or flea markets with the scooch of me time leftover. I try to be good about squeezing some in. But most importantly what you should know about me is that my biggest goal is to BE PRESENT in each moment, big and small, and focus on all that I have to be grateful for. Some days I'm better at that than others (good quotes help) but I know that it is my best recipe for JOY. What is yours? We can put it on a sign for youCustom designs are my fave!

 

So thanks again for stopping by and drop me a line if you have questions, want to commission a piece or want to take a class. I am looking forward to making your sign art or teaching you soon!

 

Creatively Yours,

Amber