I’m always trying to create new & unique art using canvas & this is my latest creation/series. The canvas is actually modge P. ( glued) & stapled to a 3/4 inch thick wood board. To achieve a realistic & vintage frame “look” i pulled out my tools, air nailer, glue ,ruler, coffee cup (with a splash of cream & sugar) and an armful of various old wood trim i re-purposed and ……viola ! Instant Vintage custom Frame.
This canvas for our art ,at this writing, was Printed ( by our fav printer sub-El-Co Color Labs, Inc. USA.) on a UV printer in Fine Art Mode on bright white 65 %poly / 35% cotton (Acid Free) material.
This video shows the process Zeke uses to mount the canvas to a substrate, 3/4 inch pine wood, and attach custom cut re purposed wood trim to give each piece a “rare & unique faux antique ” look.
ZekeAntiqueSigns is constantly working on new pieces for endless genres. Here are the latest PRINTS ( made from original signs ) which are now available for you to purchase in our ETSY or EBAY stores.
Most of our original signs are sold at “bargain prices” in our Etsy or Ebay store after we have captured the piece into Photoshop for tweeking. Sometimes the sign was created was for a client who THEN got a deal & we got a new Print to offer in our online stores,win=win.
Let us know if you might want a quote on a Zeke’s custom creation.
Many clients seek Zekes Antique Signs out for custom vintage sign work thru our website, etsy store or ebay shop. Here are some recent client signs i made. The clients use the signs for gifts, wedding presents, or decor for their home, cottage or business.
I’m always trying to create new & unique art using canvas & this is my latest creation/series.
The canvas is actually modge P. ( glued) & stapled to a 3/4 inch thick wood board. To achieve a realistic & vintage frame “look” i pulled out my tools, air nailer, glue ,ruler, coffee cup (with a splash of cream & sugar) and an armful of various old wood trim i re-purposed and ……viola ! Instant Vintage custom Frame.
to see the creative process of Zekes Gallery Wrap with re purposed vintage wood
trim check out our video –
Zeke recently received a request for a custom vintage surfboard sign and I thought the process would make a neat but short post for other folks in the market for unique gift ideas.
This creative process started with her email, “She has quite a mix of styles in her condo so I’m not too worried about matching anything specific. The base color of the walls is cream with one maroon accent wall and 2 green accents walls. I trust your judgment “. This client actually had stayed at her friend’s beach house and wanted to thank her by having me create a surfboard sign that I would then drop ship to Virginia Beach-one of our fav vacation destinations!
The first step in having Zeke create a piece is seeing the client’s vision, size & timeframe. Next a word doc is sent I use that clearly lays out the few but simple steps for the creation to shipping of your piece.
After the client, Sara, reviews or comments on the sketch the process begins-Surfs Up! Fabricating the sign from stock ¾ inch pine wood is the first step and involves the following: lumber, power tools, air mailer, wood glue, safety glasses, wood screws and coffee-not in that order.
The next step, after priming and painting the surfboard sign is laying out the text-design to fit the piece and the vision of Sara, the client. Colors are all hand mixed to give the sign an old retro feel.
The final step in hand making a custom piece is to “age” the newly painted sign. This requires hand sanding with wet sand paper to achieve an old worn look, not just a quick scratchy looking finish using power tools-which we have a graveyard full of. After hundreds of vintage signs, Zeke has perfected his own style of transforming a “fresh” or new sign into an old antique looking piece.
Check out this process on our Youtube video.
Last step in MSH (making Sara Happy) was taking and sending final images of her “rare & unique faux antique sign “by Zees Antique Signs. Then we settled the balance & shipping and off the sent on the Brown truck to its owner in VBC. Feedback from Sara after her friend received the surprise thank you gift was super happy and I am looking forward to creating her a 3rd custom Zeke piece down the road.
Making surfboard signs is an unusual and large project. Here are a few samples of past vintage surfboard style signs I have created for folks or sold online via Etsy or my Ebay shop.
Sign paints and brushes=surfs up !
Here are some recent custom vintage signs by zekesantiquesigns 2015.
the Sweetwater Market sign was for a non profit food bank in Georgia the manager wanted done by us to give the entrance to their facility a retro and friendly look to the facade.
Jay, the manager wrote after seeing the final photo of the piece “We love it and are excited to get it installed!
feedback like his and others encourage Zeke to create more “rare & unique faux antique” signs.
This wolf creek signs was one of several the client has commissioned us to make for his outdoor bar bq and bourbon “tasting” deck overlooking his creek by the cabin his family loves & owns in the mountains of Georgia.
This Scott DJ sign was a sign for an old college friend who graduated with the buyer from Frostburg College, Maryland. We drop shipped the sign to the recipient and all is well.
A restaurant near Salisbury Maryland had us create this piece to fit the decor,style and wording for the bar’s decor. The 1/2 Upper Bay Canvasback decoy was hand carved by a Havre de Grace , Maryland ,Carver.
The Horse You Came in on Saloon ,in Fells Point Maryland, needed a new sign bundle facelift for their entrance door.
Eric, the owner, mentioned in an email to me that,” Thanks for everything Zeke! As I mentioned your work is a big part of my business and proudly so.”
More and more business owners, like the Horse’ , seek out hand painted vintage style signs not only to fit the look & feel of their business but customers appreciate the unique qualities the signs add to their experience.
Eric contacted me about a new bundle a while back and i was more then happy to create several pieces based on his Saloon’s history and decor. As a great repeat customer i knew Eric would be great to work with and appreciative of whatever i came up with.
After delivery of the Horse’s Sign Bundle Eric was generous to treat me to the great bar fare available on their unique menu-go with the Jack Burger & sweet potato fries !
Thanks Eric !
The great thing about hand painting a custom vintage sign for a small business is the positive feedback from the client-sweet !!!
Recently i completed a custom sign thru my Etsy store for a Wedding & Event Planner located in California- OneSweetDayEvents.com
OMG YOU NAILED IT!!!!
It looks amazing, we can’t thank you enough!!
Small business owners,like ZekesAntiqueSigns, specializes in custom work for just other small business owners who are fans of vintage style decor &more !
Thanks for making….. One Sweet Day !
oh no wedident ! yes we did open an EBAY Store back in November of 2014 and did not announce the new outlet for Zeke’s signs , art & Prints. We are looking to gain exposure to unique markets,including international ones, thru Ebays online presence & easy Global Shipping Service. Face it, getting thru custom’s can be complicated.
So far our sales and exposure to folks looking for custom work has been good & gaining momentum. Such as this piece made for a NY client recently.
And we sold three Tattoo Signs to a Tattoo Shop in …wait for….”from the land of down -under”-Australia.