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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:05 am

Fire Truck Graphics : Various Signs

Hi Folks.
Just got pictures back today from Kmart.
Besides the Graham truck in another post,
I did a ton of red signs this month!
I have 1 more tomorrow.
At least I'm seeing a bit of green now!
Love...JILL :wink:
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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:16 am

Nice work Jill :D I like the hairdresser one best.

Cheers, Dewi
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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:22 am

Here's another one....
just a quick hand-painted banner.
Took about 1 hour total. Cost=nothing! :D
I put it on my front porch & have been busy ever since!
I cheated badly on this one. It is painted with a 3" foam roller
and a couple 1" foamies. Completely non-traditional!
Love...Jill
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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:45 am

Nice work :D How do you form the letter shapes though? Is it all done freehand with a brush or do you mark out with pencil? And how long does something like that take to dry? Am I asking too many questions and making myself look even more of a newbie than what I am? :D

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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:23 am

No problem.
I laid out the banner flat.
I dumped a quarter pint of Rubine Red 1-Shot on the top half & rolled it.
The bottom half got the same amount of Magenta. I left the middle blank.
Then with the magenta roller, I gradually blended my way up into the Rubine. Took about 10 minutes. Left it dry 2 days as I was cheating with a non-enamel-receptive banner. (I would never sell this to a client)
I got out my Mike Stevens book, peeked inside at one of his casual styles,
then closed it so he wouldn't haunt me after he saw what I did to his alphabet. Sketched it on real fast with a Stabilo pencil (water-soluable)
Painted it with a 3" roller and lemon yellow. Highlighted & outlined the whole mess with a 1" foam brush. Left it dry another day. It took me longer to string it up with Bungees than anything else.
This is the kind of style (or lack thereof) that works well on painted window splashes. Heck, I had fun, and it did bring me in some work.
Love...Jill :o
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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:35 am

Thats what it reminds me of, the window splashes we were discussing last month. I've been asked alot in the shop for Mother's Day stuff, but I've been ill-prepared to sort this kind of work. Mainly been asked for window splashes that could be washed off after the event, but as I say, I just haven't had the time to sort it.

Could you give me a little advice on the one shots Jill? I have a supplier that sells a 1/4 tin for a couple of quid. There is a huge range of colours etc. so I can pick a few out, but when it comes to brushes, there's more brushes than a Knightsbridge Poodle Parlour :D I remember John mentioning a mahlstick, but what should I be using to start out. My early experiments with gloss paint did not go well, but I managed to draw the shape of the letters reasonably well. I'm beginning to understand the highlighting side. Obviously need a few months more practise though before I even attempt anything for a customer, even then it'd probably be something so basic, you'd probably laugh :wink:

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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:49 am

Hi Dewi.
I would be happy to advise.
I buy 1-Shot in half-pints for between $5 and $10 depending on the color.
Frank Manning is THE 1-Shot man. Try emailing him at
manningf@spraylat.com
and asking if he would be so kind as to send you a sample starter kit.
And get a tin of turpentine. You can thin your paint (if needed) with it as well as clean your brushes with it. Be sure to oil them afterward. I use baby oil, but some folks use 10W30 motor oil.
As for brushes, for window splashes I just use foamies and rollers.
But you might start with a few different sizes of quills which are long-haired brushes made from squirrel hair. I think the metal-ferruled varietyare called Ferrules over there?
Fitches are stiff, short-bristled brushes used for wall jobs.
Pinstriping brushes come in swords and daggers and are obscenely long in front and short-handled.
Best way for you to learn is to ask the 7-foot Steve at the sign show if you can watch him. I have no idea how close you are to him geographically, but maybe he will let you hang out at his shop someday and do fill-in? And I certainly can't answer for him.
You only learn from doing, and asking. The worst thing that can happen is someone might tell you no. If you can ever attend a live UK Letterhead meet such as one Ashley Bishop might host...GO. You will be addicted.
Love...Jill
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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:14 am

Email sent :D

Thank you for that Jill. This is what I love about uksignboards, you speak to a professional and better yet, get encouragement to learn a new skill :D I've got to admit, I spend alot of time staring at your work, Terry Bull's work and Mr Steve B.'s work. Each style has elements I'd like to learn and practise.

No matter how bad my attempts with one shot is, I'll post them. At the very least it should be a good laugh :wink:

Cheers, Dewi
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Post Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:41 am

Great stuff Jill - there's not enough of that type of work being done nowadays, (in the uk at least), it's all sticky backed plastic and digital prints - how I yearn for the days of the multi-coloured overalls and the smell of turps....... :D Now where did I put my sable brush........
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Post Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:05 pm

Dewi traditional supplies in uk

Dewi if you pick this up most traditional people in the uk get their supplies from A S Handover in london they can be contacted on 020 7359 4696 or at www.handover.co.uk
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Post Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:10 pm

nice work as usual jill, I really like your style and I think mike would like what you do with his fonts.
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Post Fri Mar 19, 2004 8:46 pm

Re: Dewi traditional supplies in uk

signworxs wrote:Dewi if you pick this up most traditional people in the uk get their supplies from A S Handover in london they can be contacted on 020 7359 4696 or at www.handover.co.uk


Thankyou for that :D I'll be ringing them Monday morning :D

Cheers, Dewi
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Post Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:58 am

Great work Jill, like Dewi I love looking at your designs, but unfortunatly I will never be able to do anything like that myself, I can't draw to save my life and I think I'm a little old now to start learning, sorry Terry but if it wern't for sticky back plastic I would be doing something else. Which would be a shame from my point of view as I really enjoy what I do.

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