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Sgraffito Raw Wood Heart Sign

Americana® Acrylics

Sgraffito Raw Wood Heart Sign
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Sgraffito Raw Wood Heart Sign

designed by Crimson Duvall

Declare your love on a raw wood sign with a faux-carved heart, made with Americana® Acrylics.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Burnt Sienna (DAO63)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Gloss Decou-Page (DS101)

Other supplies

  • liner brush
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • heart template
  • wooden skewer (or toothpick )
  • pencil
  • masking tape
  • wood board (with raw edge)
  • 3/4" flat brush


NOTE: If you prefer, use a sign rather than the wood board, just paint it first with a light color.

  1. Find a piece of raw wood to work on. (Any size, your preference.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Lightly sand and seal the wood surface with Gloss Decou-Page. (TIP: Any clear varnish or other type of Decou-Page will work as well.) Allow to dry. If needed, lightly sand again.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Cut out a heart to trace onto the board.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Tape off the raw edges of the board with masking tape.
    Step 3 Example
  5. With a flat brush, paint one brush-stroke of Burnt Sienna onto the board.
    Step 4 Example
  6. With a wooden skewer or toothpick, scrape lines into the wet paint. (This sgraffito technique will give you the "wood" look.)
    Step 5 Example
  7. Continue to work in sections until you cover the board. (Leaving out the heart shape gives the board the look of a heart carved in the wood.) Allow to dry.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Remove the masking tape.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Using a liner brush, paint initials into the heart. Allow to dry. Add any embellishments that you want to personalize.
    Step 8 Example
  10. The board makes an easy DIY to give as an anniversary gift or to any loved one.
    Step 9 Example