Last week a parent of one of Gus’ classmates asked me if I could make her two daughters special birthday presents for their rooms. The mom wanted out of buying yet another electronic type of present for their girls and the only other thing the girls really, really wanted was their names in large letters for their bedrooms. What a great idea I thought –the mom was getting creative which allowed me to get a little artistic! I printed out the individual, oversize letters on 8.5 x 11” paper, cut them out and connected each letter to make a one-piece name that I traced onto my plywood surface. Each name ended up being about 14” tall x 3.5 -4’ long. I bought a 4 x 8’ sheet of 3/8” MDO plywood because it has a smooth paper face on one side that sign makers prefer and then used a jig saw to cut out each name. The edges needed to be sanded down a bit before I applied a coat of
primer. My “One Shot” sign painters enamel that I use on my metal sculptures was perfect for the finish paint. It has nice vivid colors, mixes great and really pops when it is dried. I hung two “D” ring hangers on the back at each end for hanging up in their rooms. One of the girl’s rooms is decorated in bubble gum pink and the other is in lime green with white trims –pretty cool color palette huh?!
I’m usually never short on colors for inspiration… Here is a sneak peak at PART of my PEZ collection displayed in the studio. My favorites
are the vintage Pez Pals from the 60’s and 70’s. Don't ask how many we have...we actually have a stack of large Rubbermaid tubs storing the mint condition, Austrian and whole collections of rare ones. The ones in the studio are allowed to get played with -how can you not want to pick them up and pop a candy now and then?! My all time favorite sticker says “Your not really famous until your head is on a PEZ.”