Best Felt Letter Board Quote: “A good felt letter board will last longer than any other type of paper.” – J.M.W. Turner (1892-1975)
“I have always been fond of felt letter boards because they are so durable and do not fade or yellow like most other types of paper.” – John M. Wylie (1910-1999)
“The best felt letterboard is made from old newspapers, which have been dried out over a fire and then pressed into the shape of a letter board. They are very strong and will stand up to wear and tear.” – William A. Ladd (1890-1974)
Felt Letter Board Facts:
1. The material used for felt letter boards is newspaper.
Newspaper is usually found at libraries or public libraries.
2. The word felt comes from the Latin word fidelis meaning faithful and refers to the fact that it’s made from newspapers.
3. There are many different kinds of felt letter boards available today.
Some of them include:
· Paperboard (also known as cardstock) – Made from wood pulp with a thin layer of glue applied to make it rigid and waterproof. It is the cheapest and most common material.
· Masonite – Made from wood fibres which have been mixed with a glue size and pressed under pressure to create a hardboard. It is stronger than paperboard, but not as strong as wood or metal.
· Hard Board – Made by treating cloth, paper, or other fibrous materials with a synthetic resin, which makes it waterproof. It is heavier than masonite. It is used for signs and posters.
4. Felt letter boards are glued together.
The glue used is a common white glue (PVA).
5. Felt letter board kits usually come with:
· A sheet of colored felt – To make the background of the board. Most people choose red, blue, green, or black. White can be used if you want to write in a different color.
· Felt pens – To write on your felt letter board. Most kits come with a fine tip pen, a chisel tip pen, and a pencil.
· Letter Board Letters – comes in different styles and colors. The most common letters are Old English, which resemble the capital letter ‘A’. Some people prefer block letters which look like square ‘O’s. Other styles include Designer Letters, Typewriter, and many more.
6. To make your letter board more personalized you can get:
· A numbering set – Usually comes with 1/2″, 1″, 2″, 3″, and a 0.
· A stencil kit – Comes with many different styles. Makes it easy to make cool designs on your board.
7. You can also get specialty kits like neon kits, glow in the dark paint, or glitter powder.
“A good number board should be able to last you a lifetime.” – Bob Marley (1945-1981)
“It is always better to create your own message boards out of felt letter boards rather than using a computer.” – Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)
“The best message board paints are the kind that come in a tube. Just make sure you get high quality paint for a high quality message board.” – Bob Ross (1942-1995)
“With most message board paints you only have to apply one or two coats, but with neon paint it takes at least three or four thin coats for it to be effective.” – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
“So remember: less is more when it comes to neon paint. Just a little bit can make a huge difference.” – M. C. Escher (1898-1972)
Message board painting is a very special skill that not everyone can master. It takes patience and lots of practice to get it just right. If you want to become a master painter you need the right tools for the job. The best way to start is by creating your own message board out of felt letter boards rather than using a computer.
Another thing you’ll need is the right kind of paint. If you’re planning on making a lot of message boards you should buy your letters from The Letter Shop. We have every letter and number you could possibly need. All you have to do is click on the letters or numbers you want and they will be delivered right to your door. It’s that easy!
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