Painting on saws is certainly not a new thing, one quick google or look around at a craft fair and you will find them all over. One reminder that this was a "thing" was all I needed to know that I had to do this with Doug's grandpa's saw. We brought it home with us at some point after he passed away and it was just kind of hanging out in our garage. We had a shiny new one, so no need really for a functional saw. But a constant visual reminder of who grandpa was? Well, we can't have too many of those. So this is grandpa's saw, with an appropriate verse for a contractor, don't you think?
I feel like the technique I used for this could be used for a great variety of things...so how about I show you how I did it? Ok?
First, I covered the handle and grabbed some primer and paint in one kind of spray paint and gave it a nice coat of paint, front and back to cover the rust.
Then using some brown paper, I made a template so I could write and erase until I got the basic idea down. I googled "typography fonts" to get ideas.
Then, I rubbed chalk on the back side of my template, put it back on the saw and traced over my words. The result was a decent enough pattern for me to follow with some craft paint and a thin brush. I had to do several layers to get it nice and crisp.
Once I got the wording done, I went back in and added some details like shadows and swirls and dots.
I included grandpas initials at the bottom, just as a reminder. I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out. :) I'm not really a typography expert by any means, but if it's JUST paint, don't be afraid to jump in and try. Keep going even if you think it looks terrible and often times the result is just lovely.
Hope this inspires you to try something new! Have fun!