On my long trip to visit my family in New York, I was given a business deal to paint a sign for a Mexican Restaurant. Since it was my first time I did not know what to expect, but I was willing to take on another challenge. I was ready to learn and make some bucks!
Below are all the questions that I had for the owner and his answers.
1. What do you want me to paint?
This is a clay carving of the sun and the moon that is hung inside the restaurant.
The owner wanted this painted with a black background. The main purpose for this sign is to grab the attention from customers driving by.
Answer: Right below the restaurant sign on two hardwood boards, covering the white panel.
2. What size do you want the board?
Answer: two 8ft x 3 1/2 feet (I thought to myself COWs THATS HUGE!)
I had to paint two different boards, one board for traffic going north and the other going south.
Okay bring it on.
I had to include this lovely picture. It was taken after a rain storm outside of The Home Depot and Michaels. It even hailed balls the size of golf balls :O
These are the supplies for the start of the project.
A white primer, a paint roller, and tray.
I started painting the first board with the white primer and then moved onto the next board.
By this time my right arm was ready to fall off, but I had to add a second coat once the boards dried. I stayed up pretty late waiting for the primer to dry.
Here is the black paint for the background. Yay!
Board one complete.
Board two complete. I did all this in one night.
Where is the middle of the board? There it is. I took two different long strings and put each at the opposite ends and found the center. That was pretty easy.:O)
Once I found the center, I made a circle using a man made protractor with string and a pencil.
I used white chalk to make the outline of the painting.
This part was a pain in my booty. Since I painted the background black I had to add white inside the outline. I added many coats of white to cover the black. This part took forever because I had to wait for the coats to dry before I painted another coat on top. I also had to paint the flames with a small brush over and over.. But it was worth it because the colors came out vibrant when i finished.
Here is board number 1 complete! Instead of completely copying the clay carving, I made the sun a lot happier and brighter. This is the female version.
Up close and personal..lol
Here is the second board and is the male version. I followed the same steps for this painting.
I finished this project in four days. The restaurant owner was supposed to pick up the painting the day before I went back to Florida, but he never showed up:(
My family ended up bringing the sign to them.It stinks when you dont get to see the customers reaction, but in the end everything worked out.
This was a big learning experience and I had a blast creating the signs.
Hopefully I can upload a picture of the signs once they are up.
Thanks for viewing.:O)