After years of apartment living, Hernán and I bought a house here in Boulder three months ago. We were lucky enough to find a home that has a separate apartment in the basement. For us, that’s perfect because both of our families live out of state, and they enjoy coming for long visits! When family members aren’t visiting, we plan on renting the basement apartment out on Airbnb. Since the day we moved in, we’ve been working on remodeling the basement. As you can see from Hernán’s paint-stained shirt, it has been quite an undertaking!
Luckily, now we’re at the point in the project where it’s time to add the final touches. Today’s mid century modern wifi password sign is one of them. My goal was to make a sign that complements the décor as artwork … something that is pleasing to the eye but still provides the vital information that every guest wants to know. I think this sign fulfills that goal, and I hope you’ll take a crack at making one, too! If you want to make it from scratch, follow all the steps detailed below. If you’re short on time, you can download the Mid Century Modern Wifi Password Sign Template and skip ahead to step 6!
1. Cut Your Paper to Size
If you don’t have a 5″ x 7″ frame, you can customize the size of the paper to accommodate the frame that you have on hand!
2. Draw Pencil Guidelines
Regardless of what size your paper is, begin by using a ruler and a pencil to draw a guideline 1/8″ from the top of the paper.
Use your ruler and pencil to draw several pairs of horizontal guidelines that are 1/8″ (3 mm) apart. The spacing between the line pairs should be completely random! Some of the 1/8″ line pairs can be spaced far apart, while others will be rather close.
3. Plan the Layout
Choose a space between line pairs that is fairly large and close to the top of your page. Take a look at the George Style Lettering Exemplar, and use it to write “WIFI”. Your “WIFI” doesn’t need to be centered; as you can see, mine has a left justification.
You can also sketch out a wifi signal sign! To do so, draw a faint upside down triangle. Draw a small circle in the tip, then use the rest of the triangle as a guideline to draw three curved strips.
Next, identify two spaces that are close to the center/bottom of the page. In the top space, write “NETWORK:” in George Style lettering. Write the network name to the right in Kaitlin Style calligraphy. In the space immediately under that, hand letter “PASSWORD:”, then write your wifi password in the same Kaitlin Style script.
4. Add Ink
If you plan on using watercolor paint for this project, you’ll want to use a waterproof ink. Ziller Soot Black is a fantastic choice! Use your waterproof ink and a dip pen to write over the words that you just sketched out.
Try filling in some of the George Style letters with black, and others with densely-spaced thin lines. This creates an interesting contrast that will visually tie the whole piece together later.
5. Draw Triangles
Once your ink has dried (~5 minutes), use the same pen and ink combination to free-hand draw triangles. I’d start with an upside down triangle in the top left corner …
… Then fill in the rest of the space with triangles. Alternate their orientation: the pattern will be upside down, right side up, upside down, right side up, etc.
Don’t worry if your triangles aren’t the same size or if they don’t have perfect spacing. Imperfections are a large part of the appeal of hand-drawn art!
Let me take a break to say that if this tutorial looks daunting (or too time-consuming) up to this point, then I encourage you to print out the Mid Century Modern Wifi Password Sign Template. It sets you up with a template of my hand-drawn lettering/triangles that was created from a scan of the artwork above. Once you print that template out and write your username and password in Kaitlin Style calligraphy, then you can move on to step 6!
6. Fill in the Triangles
First, take your pen and use it to fill a handful of random triangles with densely-spaced horizontal lines. Make sure you fill in at least one triangle per line using this technique — but try not to exceed five triangles per line.
Next, choose a color of watercolor; as you can see, I’ve picked yellow. Add lots of water to the paint to make a light version of that color, then use the color to fill in a random handful of triangles.
Next, use a darker color — like, in this case, orange — to fill in more triangles. Again, there’s no rhyme or reason to which triangles to fill in.
Finally, use a lower concentration of water with your first watercolor (yellow, in this case) to fill in several more triangles.
Your goal is to have most of the triangles filled in, but you should keep at least one triangle per line blank.
7. Frame and Display Your Wifi Password Sign
When the watercolor dries, you can slip the artwork into a 5″ x 7″ frame. Once you do that, congratulations! Your original and artistic wifi password sign is finished, and all of your future guests will appreciate it for both its artistic value and its valuable information.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you’ll feel free to modify it to suit the color scheme in your home! Again, if you’d like a shortcut to the end, you can always download and print the Mid Century Modern Wifi Password Sign Template. 🙂 Until next blog post, I’ll be helping Hernán work on the basement apartment/Airbnb, and I’ll share photos here on the blog when we’re finished!
Enjoy your weekend,