Inspired by many of the cool old diner/motel/road signs seen on my road trip this past Fall (Link to a previous post), this 'hotel' sign took roughly two days to construct.
The texture/lettering are created using Spackle. I apply several coats of paint to form a harder shell over the Spackle (and to unify the surfaces between Spackle and fabric).
After two layers of 'priming paint' a layer of black and then a lightly applied dusting of a light gray color (or grey colour for those diehard readers in the UK), this is close to what the surface of the finished piece will look like.
A close up detail shot.
'One Way' at the Spackle stage.
Closer to done.
You get the idea. Spackle. Paint. Paint. Paint. Haze-coat. Repeat.
As the black coat is being applied over the two base coats (their color does not matter to the final piece).
I spread out a thin layer of Spackle and immediately afterward come back through with a nail and incise the lettering for each sign. A couple hours later, the Spackle is hard and ready to be painted.
The start of another one....
Truth be told, it takes way longer to shape/fabricate the cardboard bases for the signs than it does to create the surface texture, lettering, and paint.
These are a few more at the early construction stage.
I will definitely need more traffic signs for the final installation.
Five down, and only 20-25 more to go. Basically, if I can create a new sign per week between now and when the show opens, I will be close to having a critical mass.