Malcolm sent me a picture for the second sign that he wanted me to reproduce. It was a lot smaller than the first and had some colour in it, unfortunately the picture Malcolm sent me wasn't very big or very clear so I couldn't see too much detail or work out the proportions very well. I didn't want to try and produce an exact copy due to copyrights so this was going to be my own interpretation of that sign.
|This is the photo of the sign Malcolm sent me,|
It's hard to see any real detail and it's difficult
to work out any proportions, so I'll just have
improvise and hopefully it'll turn out OK.
|I had some 6mm ply left over from the first|
sign, so I decided the sign was going to be
43" long x 23" high. The first job was to cut the
board to size.
|After the board had dried, I applied a brilliant|
white coat of undercoat. However once this had
dried it showed all the imperfections still in the
|You can see how the undercoat highlights all|
the imperfections. Time to get the filler out
and make good all those imperfections.
|Once the filler had dried overnight, the board|
was sanded down yet again before another
coat of undercoat.
|Once the base coat was painted I left it to dry|
for 2 days. In the mean time I started to think
about the wording and the positioning. Here
you can see my scribble on what goes where.
|Once the border was drawn, it's time to apply|
the red enamel.
|Here the border has had one coat of red, but it|
will need a second coat.
|Second coat of red enamel on the border,|
what a difference a second coat makes.
|The sign is starting to take shape, and looks|
bright and colourful.
|Again I left the sign for 2 days to ensure the|
enamel was completely dry. Now it's time to
start drawing out letters for the wording with
constant referral to my scribbled notes.
|It is actually quite hard to use a pencil on |
enamel paint, maybe I should have used my
Stabilo pencil that will write on any surface.
|I like to get the whole design laid out on the |
board before I start painting. Other sign
writers paint as they go.
|The different fonts on the photo Malcolm sent|
me I didn't recognise, so it was a good time to
practise my free hand writing. I like this sort
of work as it lets me express my ideas.
|The wording was exactly as the photo, although|
the font's were different, making this as the
other sign is, totally unique.
|Time to start painting. You can see the different|
height and width of the main letters. This was
actually harder to create than wording of all
the same size and width.
|The top line complete. The different height and|
widths of the lettering really stands out now.
|I did the same type of lettering for the second|
|The third line was more traditional lettering, all|
being the same size and width.
|The quotation at the bottom of the sign was fun|
to paint, and was purposely made to look like it
was free hand.
|The finished sign with the oak leaves and acorn|
design. I decided not to add more acorn designs
as per the original as I thought it may look a little
bit to 'Christmassy' with the colour choices.
|Both Laurel & Hardy signs finished for the|
memorabilia collection in Germany.
So that was my commission for the Laurel
& Hardy signs. They took a lot of time and
thought but overall I have enjoyed producing