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A Mexican themed restaurant/bar sign


This month's project is a sign made up of a disassembled pallet and a piece of salvage timber I had lying around.

This is just the top portion of the Mexican themed sign for a bar / restaurant refit.

I started off by doing a quick chalk rough of where my lettering's going to be and I lettered in the wording in white. All the paints used here are water based Resene Lumbersider. The timber has not been sealed.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

After the lettering was in it was sprayed in a blend from top to bottom using dark green and light green, making sure that the white lettering still showed through.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 4 shows the wording re-lettered now, again in white and an outline has been left for reference later on. I've "ticked" in the lines where I want my black shadow. It's easier doing this now rather than last.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

It's worth pointing out to beginners here that each time I add another coat of paint, I'm tidying up the letter shapes as I go. The letter "O" started off pretty ordinary but ended up looking spot on at the end. So, don't worry if you think your project isn't perfect from the beginning...tweak it as you go.

Photo 5 shows my shade all complete, time for the fun bit.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 6 shows the first of my 3 colour blend. I've painted in the base yellow which was Resene Turbo Yellow.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 7 shows where I have blended more white up into the yellow giving the blend a better feathered look. You can see why I have left that outline around the letters now.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 8 shows the addition of a darker yellow in the top portions and feathered out once more. This was the same yellow as before but with some Resene Guardsman Red added to give it an almost orange tone.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 9 shows the outline lettered in now with a green tinted white acting as an undercoat for a bright lime green topcoat. Now those feathered blending brush marks are all covered up.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 10 shows the sign as I intended to have it but that lime green colour really killed that nice yellow blend and the colours also clashed badly, so....what to do ?

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 11 shows my fix. I re-did the top portions in a dark green then added some dollops of the lime green back onto that darker green as a finisher. Now I'm happy.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 12 shows a close-up of the finished lettering. The colours look great to the eye. I also added a saguaro cactus to the left for effect. Yeah, okay, I'll come clean, my lettering wasn't spaced too good and I had an obvious gap on the left end. Easy, let’s add in a cactus.

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Photo 13 shows a pic of the pointing hand I painted at the bottom of the sign. Get these "add ons" right and they can really make a sign "ping".

A Mexican themed restaurant sign

Signwriter: Jeff Harvey

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