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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garage Sale Stencils

Anyone can throw their old junk in the driveway and call it a garage sale, but when my family decided it was time to get rid of a veritable mountain of crazy junk, I knew it was time to break out the spray paint. This sale needed advertising: and when something is worth doing, it's worth over doing right?

How does the house still have stuff left in it?!

This was going to be my first real stencil project, so I wanted to do it right. I sketched out some doodles, scanned them in and then vectored the artwork and blew it up crazy big. Over the course of many projects I've developed a system for printing out large scale images on a home printer by piecing together lot of 8.5" x 11" paper pages. The first guy took eight.

Sorry trees, but this is how we do it.

This would be my guide to cut my stencil. Since I had chosen cardboard to be my base material (because it's freeee!) I was able to use both black and white paint, so two different stencils would be needed for each image.

Thing one, and thing two.

I chose to do a white base, and then a black layer on top although technically it would work either way. I also tried other colors instead of the black but I decided the original was more striking.

mustache, mustache, mustache

After the stencils were all done I needed a way to stand up my signs. No mere pole would do, so I whipped up some nifty stands using some leftover 2x4's.

All sign stands are made from %100 recycled space ship

Then it was time for transportation and final assembly on site. Although I did a test run before the big day, and it seemed to hold up nicely.

I say, are you selling any brass door knockers?

All in all there were twelve different stencils, and twenty-two signs: equaling tons of super-awesome-fun-times. When my blisters heal from cutting these suckers out I'm totally going to do more.

By the great moons of Jupiter Batman!

Wayne helped direct people to my nephew's deluxe
refreshment table with his lemon sign.


There you have it. Party on Wayne.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cock Rooster Painting

Hey check it out, I can kinda still paint! It's been quite a while since I painted anything traditional (unless you count spaceship walls, and robot rust). I used to do a ton of watercolor all through grade school and into high school (even some oil) but since then I got sucked into painting with the dark side photoshop.

But I got bitten by the bug again! So I invested in some of the cheapest, most terrible paint I could get at the art store (seriously, don't use this stuff, it's awful) some ¢99 brushes, and a decent sized canvas.

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When I got all the stuff home I realized, "Oh yeah, I probably need an easel" (Or a mechanical man who could hold my canvas for me... hmm...)

Instead of shelling out the $99 for the cheapest easel in the store, I decided to go with the under $2 option and build my own out of PVC pipe and some scrap wood. It's not the sturdiest thing in the world, but I find the cheap easels to be just as bad if not worse.

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Then, cue spotlight and: paint!!

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My attempt to get a rich rusty copper base quickly became a sad brown/orange hue which was very unsatisfying. I let it dry and then started over, this time with a rich red. The combination of thick layering and hopelessly cheap paint lead to some serious cracking, but in the end I think it looks kinda cool. Maybe I'll experiment and try to get it more extreme next time.

Anyway, more to come!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Avatar: It's a Shame

I could go on an epic rant about the atrocity that is M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender", but I think I will leave that to the rest of the internet.

Instead, after we finished enduring the 12:01 am premiere, I decided to try and forget the whole thing and make something cool to cheer us up. We broke out my camera and some lights, took some pictures, and did a little Photoshop magic.

(Model: Spenser)

(Model: Dylan)

(Model: Me)

Spread the word: Boycott Shyamalan!

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