Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2015 • 79 All of the outlining of the entire job was done first, making sure the outline was wide enough that staying in the lines later would be easy and fast. The level of skill required to hand paint a large graphic like this isn't really all that high. It was simple brush work, but about three coats of paint were required. But, no matter how calm the day, there will be enough wind to aggravate the sign person trying to handle these large paper tigers single-handedly. And in this case the patterns were being taped to a metal building wall, which had been painted black. On the two hot August days in Texas that I did this job, the black wall would become almost too hot to touch. Because of this excessive heat, the glue on the tape that was used to hold these heavy patterns in place would get soft and start to sag and give way. It took a lot of tape to hold these patterns in place, and the right tape was important too. If I recall correctly now, the tape I used was just a good brand of duct tape, but perhaps the best brand may be Gorilla Tape, which since then I have bought to In this photo we can barely see the traced over pounce pattern lines, in white, showing the shape of each element clearly so they could be outlined in paint and later filled in. Pounce paerns are simply paper paerns that have leers or art drawn on them, and the lines are traced and perforated with very small holes.

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