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|The is the Oil Droppers company logo that I|
pinched off their web page:
I was looking at reproducing this logo on
a hand made wooden A frame sign.
|The first thing to decide is which side of the|
'cut to size' board I was going to use as the
face of the sign. This one had a knot on one
side so this side will be hidden on the inside.
|The 2 3/4in x 3/4in baton (70mm x 15mm in |
modern terms!) is glued and screwed to the
board. This will make the frame really strong
and If this sign is looked after it should
easily last for at least 10 - 15 years.
|I didn't scrimp with the wood glue. This sign|
needs to be solid and once the glue has dried
and the screws are inserted this should
be a really solid structure.
|The first side of the A frame is done and waiting|
a rub down ready for a coat of primer.
|With the second side made I put the two sides |
together so I could get an idea of how the
sign will look once completed and how big
it will be. I'm pleased with the size, which is
just about right, not bad for total guesswork!
|A look at how the frame was constructed. A|
simple design, but with the baton being glued
and screwed to the board it should be really
sturdy and hopefully last for years.
|Once the hinges were in the correct position,|
and the 2 boards closed properly I removed
them as the next job was to prime both sides
of the whole frame. Normal wood primer
was used for this.
|With all four sides of the sign primed and|
allowed to dry, I again stood them together
to get a better look of how the sign will look
when finished and I have to say it's starting
to look good
|After rubbing the whole sign down using a|
medium grade sandpaper, the whole sign
was undercoated. Once dry any imperfections
were filled, rubbed down and undercoated
|This is the time consuming part as the paint|
has to dry properly. Each side needs to dry
for 2 days, and as I'm restricted for space
each side of the sign was done separately.
|The second side of the sign is glossed. The|
paint is still wet when I took this photo but most
of the brush stokes will disappear once the paint
has settled and dried.
|Once the stripes were done I once again|
stood the boards up to see what it would look like,
and noticed you could see the inside of the back
board, and that it looked bare. So I striped the
insides too which I thinks finishes it off nicely.
|Time to start designing the artwork. To be honest|
I hadn't printed out the Oil Droppers logo so I just
drew a circular Maltese cross as this was what I
thought from memory the Oil Droppers logo had.
|The logo is starting to take shape...|
|One side of the A frame is finished, just the other|
side to do now.
|I thought on this side, I would list just some|
of the services that Oil Droppers offer. I also
thought I'd use the wording from the company
logo but without the Maltese cross as I thought
it would look OK.
|Once I was happy with the design I started|
to paint with the red One Shot paint. I have
printed off the logo and taped it to the board
to refer to and use as a guide.
|The logo is painted as per the printed off version,|
but it doesn't look quite right. It looks too dark.
|I wasn't happy with the Oil Droppers logo, as|
I thought there was too much black, but I decided
to carry on and list some of the services that they
offer and see if the logo grows on me...
|The second side of the sign finished. I kept|
looking at the second board and I still wasn't
happy with it. It looked too dark, it didn't have
the same striking appearance as the first side.
|Once the sign was touched up, and everything|
checked, and before loading it into my T4 to take
to Oil Droppers I decided to take some photos
in natural light. I think the sign stands out,
especially against my monochrome T4.
|The reverse side of the sign also looks good|
now. It's not as bright as the front but then it's
not supposed to be.
|On the bottom of the inside of the sign I added|
a signature with our contact details. You never
know it may hopefully generate more work...?
|The A frame in the closed position show how|
the bent eyelets work to keep them almost flush
with the sign.
|This photo was taken from about 30 feet and|
the sign really stands out. This should help
potential customers find the workshop.
|The sign outside the Oil Droppers workshop.|
At least customers will be able to identify which
unit belongs to Oil Droppers.
|A better photo of the A frame sign in all it's glory.|
The sign certainly stands out.
That was how we, here at Stinky Pete's Signwriting
produced the A frame sign for the Oil Droppers
VW repair shop. Look out for my blog write up on
how they re-painted my 1969 microbus in the very
near future. The Volkswagen show season here
in the U.K is almost with us again for another year,
starting with Camper Mart 2016 tomorrow (Sunday
31st January) so I'll write a blog review about that
show and publish it for next Saturday, then hopefully
soon I'll be able to start posting blog reviews on a
regular weekly basis as normal. My blog reviews
are posted on Saturday mornings. You can check
out the Oil Droppers web page here:
(you may need to copy and paste the link)