a great wall and permission to paint
white paint, rollers, and commercial painting crew
1/2 gallon light grey (lettering)
1/2 gallon dark grey (date)
white touch up paint
36 inch straight edge
Step 1: Project Artwork Onto Surface for Tracing in Pencil
In this stage focus on using a chalk line already placed on the wall with a laser level to get it right. Align the projected image to the wall and make sure all the tops of the letters are flush with at least the top chalk line.
Step 2: Trace Outline in Pencil Carefully and Exactly
Advice: Use a hard pencil like a 6H rather than a 3B (a harder pencil will be lighter and easier to erase). Plan on using a combination of freehand and straight edges to get it right.
FYI: Pencil marks on white paint are very hard to erase and therefore are best if you use white paint over any extra marks. It is best to do this slow and methodically to make sure each part is lined up perfectly. Once you move the projector it is unlikely you will project it again the same way so do your best to get it right on step 2-3.
Step 3: Outline Letters in Paint
TIP: when painting onto concrete block with white paint primer expect that you are going to need 3-4 coats to get a thick nice looking appearance for the letters.
TIP 2: When painting you can use your pinky finger as a guide to keep your line straight (see image 2)
Step 4: Fill in Outline of the Letters With Multiple Coats of Paint
TIP: When you are painting on the street expect lots of people to ask questions and prepare a simple response that is consistent and helpful to share.
Step 5: Check Letter Shapes for Consistency
Focus on the letter shapes and the
1) distance between letters
2) the edge sharpness
3) the rounded bottoms and tops
4) consistent sizes
5) a solid heavy fill inside letter outlines
Step 6: Complete Sign and Have Camera Crew Take Images to Make You Famous
In the future this project could be done faster by combining a roller or airbrush set-up in addition to the paint brush for a classic appearance.
TIP: Measure twice, paint once. Also: the better your primer, the fewer coats of paint.
Good luck with your sign painting work.