Trap [Sign-painting]

When it comes the occasion I’m always happy to do something bigger than the usual size I’m used to. This time the client wanted an old school painted wood sign, to make the restaurant place looks as country and rustic as possible.

The work starts by choosing a nice font that can work well with plain flat colors, nothing too fancy, bold and visible from faraway with a modern touch, basically a logo design made from an initial concept, keeping in mind the final main application.

Initial concept for the outdoor wood sign

I’ve customize the “R” letter of the font, open it up to make it unique, still look not too fancy as the client prefers. At the end that’s the logotype result.

Digital mock-up to suggest logotype application 

This kind of works need to be planned and designed by time, you don’t want to start working on a smaller piece of wood or something like that. Color choice is linked to the wood pine (a good one for outdoor purposes) that we choose, a light hue that matches perfectly with the old building in Montepaone (CZ) Italy after a quick inspection.

Building inspection with the old plexiglass sign

i’ve also tested a negative version with dark wood and light letters, to be sure that the choice was correct, thanks to Photoshop that’s extremely handy in these cases to prevent some bad layout mistakes. It helps a lot when it comes to show the client something really close to the final look.

Digital Mock-up

After I’ve got all the material in my studio, first step consists in tracing the lines, helped by a projector to bring exactly the same layout twice (on both sides!) over the final piece of wood, using a simple pencil over the prepared pine wood (needs some fixative catalyst to protect the surface against external atmospheric agents, also useful in case of little mistakes ’cause you can still clean it before the paint gets into it using some nitro thinner!) so it’s better to do a couple of steps before. Then the funny part is using the prepared paint with brushes, remember that fixative catalyst works only for an hour after you’ve mixed it (it also depends a lot on climate conditions, such as warm or humid weather), so try to be quick as possible and prepare just a few quantity of paint each and every time!

I’m using just two types of flat brushes in this case, the game consists in trying to keep the lines clean and sharp.

Last step is passing two coats of transparent protective paint, also considering that the building is pretty close to the seaside and salt is a famous corrosive agent.

After that, I’ve asked a a locksmith for the iron stirrups, and found some chains and a couple of outdoor spotlights. I’ve also struggled a lot to find a safe way to connect the wood sign with the chains. After few days, supported by a couple of professional assistants I supervised the installation as you can see below.

Painted wood sign installated



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