The first piece was for a terrific Etsy customer who wanted a fun vintage piece for her little girl's room. Here is what we came up with:
This lost art involved a super steady hand and years of practice painting straight lines, perfect circles, etc. Let me tell you, it's tough! Technology obviously has made this more of a nostolgic practice than a profession these days, but I still remember in the early 1980's, when I was very small, seeing my grandpa painting signs in his garage for some faithful clients who chose to have their signs fabricated the old fashioned way. The lettering on the original "Favor" poster was most likely done this way too.
My hand is not as steady as Grandpa's was... so I will tell you that I cheated just a bit. I taped off the straight edges on the letters and used some different sized plates from my kitchen to trace the "O" in FAVOR. Then I took a tiny brush and smoothed out the edges where my hand shook a bit. Makes me never want to take for granted the privilege of "ctrl P" available at my finger tips for perfectly printed letters!