I guess I'll tell you a little about myself. By day, I pay the bills as the technical arts director for a large church in my community. That makes me the all-around 'creative' guy as I attempt to build and paint sets, do lighting design, sound engineering, and some video production. My wife also runs a hand-made boutique where we sell goods from local artists and crafters as well as teach workshops and host craft fests.
I've always noticed and appreciated hand made signs. As my wife and I setup our shop, I really got into making chalkboard signs for various announcements and events. I've also been wrenching on motorcycles and wanting to do some hand painted elements there as well. I went and got myself a Mack series 10 striper and a pint of black 1-shot and have been practicing line work with that. I have some rudimentary painting skills, but sign writing seems to be a whole different world: different brushes, techniques, and paints than those I'm familiar with. I'm full of questions, but I'm hoping you'll field just a few to get me started.
- What are the bare essential brush types and sizes to get me started? I can't find them locally and it's hard get an idea of what's what online. I'd like to be able to start painting signs similar to this in terms of size and stye.
The more I read, the more I hear that new 1-Shot is garbage. What are you using? I've been happy with my 1-Shot black so far, but I hear some of the colors are too thin or take forever to dry. I'll end up ordering online, as local availability isn't really a factor.
With enamels can I just mix basic RGB+BW to get new colors for now, or does this mess with the their formulas?
Anybody know a traditional sign writer in my neck of the woods (Fargo, ND - USA)? I'm not looking for a new career, but I'd love to have a beer and pick the brain of an experienced letterhead.
Thanks for any tips!