Sign Painting Project – Beginning to End

This little sign gives a fair understanding of what goes into a wall sign painting project. I took a couple of minutes to document the steps.

By the way, the client, Little Sparrow Cafe, is in Santa Ana, California.

First step: after finalizing a design, we typically create a paper pattern, perforating the lines that have been drawn out on paper with an electric pencil. This tool puts small holes in the paper that allow charcoal (or chalk, on a dark wall) to transfer the design onto the wall.

Pattern-perforation

Custom colors are matched if necessary (here the circle-logo background was a custom color, the lettering black. Then, on site, we set up the ladders and transfer the paper design to the wall with charcoal. Ready to go!

ladder-setup

Here you can see the logo background, which has already been brushed in with fast-drying paint. You can also see how the charcoal design remains, to be filled in with paint.

LittleSparrow-partway

Now, the project is finished. This fine little restaurant gets the understated look they were looking for.

LittleSparrow-finished

If you’re in the Orange County area, you might want to go visit! You can find them online here: www.littlesparrowcafe.com

Here is the final product:

LittleSparrow-streetview

Recent work:

Intex building, Long Beach CA – hand painted mural, about 8ft high x 36ft wide. Painted by Big City Signs.

Southern California Custom Sign Shop - Big City Signs

In honor of the current fascination with tattoos, we can call this hand painted mural a “building tattoo”. Painted directly onto the wall, it’s visible from the 405 freeway in Long Beach CA.

INTEX wall mural

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from the “Back in the Day” department:

Long ago, walldogs traveled from town to town, sign painting kit in the back, maybe trading wall paint graphics work like this for lodging, food, haircuts, and who-knows-what… click photo to see the original upload on Flikr.Walldog work from the past