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Old 06-12-2016, 01:02 PM
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Sign just finished utilizing a lot of what was taught in TR MacMunn's Sign Finishing Class. This is on my barn/shop in the middle of nowhere so very few people will actually see. Tried a lot of new stuff trying to get a modern look. Some I will do again but a lot will be forever put away never to be seen again.
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Old 06-12-2016, 03:51 PM
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Nice work Brian. You WERE paying attention LOL
I like your background texture
I'd like to offer some constructive criticism with regards to contrast, if you're OK with it.
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Old 06-12-2016, 03:58 PM
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Dang that is Nice !
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Old 06-12-2016, 04:40 PM
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Anytime Rodger, probably something I already see but just in case let it flow.

I have a very artistic wife and children and believe me they can be more critical than you ever could imagine.
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:25 PM
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I understand, Brian. I think I told you about how Donna & I run stuff by Sharon to get her opinion ........ if she hates it, our customer will be pleased LOL

Anyway, if your background was darker, your gold would really "pop". Also, something most would never think of & it only applies to dimensional work ..... if you use a dark coloured raised letter over a lighter background, in bright sunlight, that dark letter will cast a dark shadow onto the background, which, from any distance except very close, will all run together & make your copy difficult to read.
This is not an issue with V-carved letters.

Now folks, you all know why I rarely use a light coloured background .... it greatly restricts your options.

Anyway Brian, you're off to a great start Keep posting your progress ......
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:25 PM
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looks great!
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:33 PM
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That looks fantastic!!!!
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:43 PM
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Rodger,

Going over color selection and criteria would probably be a good topic for your class. I completely agree with what you are saying but this was an experimental piece.

Experiments :

Light background - I just got plain tired of dark backgrounds with white letters. The dark letters do shadow together but no more than a shadowed printed sign. In worse case about 200ft, they do smudge together when sun very low. Would I do it again, absolutely but would increase the font size and spacing slightly. The black letters look great except for a couple hours of daylight. The gold definitely is not as loud as normal but a 4ft name in gold leaf stands on its own. Driving up on it is the first thing you see. Would I do it again? Yes

Texture - again, tired of the standard wood/sand blasted look so tried geometric. Machined faster than usual texture but painting far more difficult. Paint pools in corners of vertical walls. Would I do it again? Probably.

Inlayed letters - I wanted the texture to go directly up to the letter vertical walls with no ramp out to avoid hitting. Mission accomplished. Exactly what I was looking for and from now on my standard. Easier to paint letters and glue in place. Would I do again? Absolutely.

Gold leaf - wow this piece was far bigger than I anticipated. Over 4 ft long, 2 ft tall using almost 5 books of gold for only 1 layer. probably should have done another layer because going over large sharp curved letters create what I call fissures that show up when you get out in the sun. I made and gilded these by themselves then glued in place so the gold cleanup was rather easy (throw the mounting board in the fire pile). Would I do again? Yes but maybe not on this scale unless the money was right.

V carved light letters - not my favorite. Wanted the second part of my shop name to fade away and exactly what happens. Maybe too much with being the same color as the field. I ask everyone who sees the sign for the first time, What did you see? If they answer Guthrie and Dimensional Signs, that is what I was after. Would I do again? Probably not - if it was not needed, make the rest of the text larger.

Compass - I hate this feature, to the point it is not glued in and will be replaced ASAP. Would I do again? - No chance.

Here is a sign I hang right near the street that is more generic.



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Old 06-14-2016, 05:26 PM
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Brian, as I said, you're off to an awesome start. Yes, the gold can really rack up on bigger jobs, Now you know why I buy a pack at a time..
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:11 PM
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So a couple of years ago I was burning off cuts and decided I needed something to use up a little. Quickly designed this stool combo and starting placing the vectors in all sheet product where there was room; a year later I had 2 stools.
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