Recently, we had the pleasure to work with Greenbriar Village, a Fort Collins homeowners association. They requested an unusual project. That is, two brand-new, hand-painted signs that looked very old, distressed and weathered…unfinished. So, we went to work designing and fabricating two new “old” Greenbriar hand painted signs.
Swapping ideas and discussing possibilities…
Initially, the process began with idea swapping. Naturally, we discussed a variety of ideas. However, no matter what, Greenbriar Village had one expectation. The signs had to be as unusual as possible. Fortunately, this included using recycled fence pickets. But, it also required us to rethink our painting techniques.
During the process, they showed us a lovely photograph. It was taken on an evening walk in the Greenbriar neighborhood. The photo was of the sun setting behind the Colorado foothills. As a bonus, a neighborhood dog lay in the lower, left corner. A rather nice touch. This was too good to pass up. So, we surprised them by featuring the photo, dog and all, on their signs. Ultimately, the photo added interest to the overall design. What’s more, they loved that we included the dog.
Finishing the “unfinished” signs…
First, we custom-shaped the recycled panels. Of course, we hand-painted them to appear worn and weathered. Finally, we distressed the finish and exposed the nail heads, adding to the “unfinished” theme.
Below: photos of the production process: First, we selected the recycled fence pickets. Then, we created a surface for the photo image. Next, we enlarged the Greenbriar photo. Finally, we “rough-painted” weathered and distressed graphic elements. (Click on each photo for enlargement.)
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