It is hard to believe that it was only seven years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Through extensive research I quickly found out that with the relative simplicity of EnRoute, CNC routers were capable of just about anything imaginable. This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as we continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful software... -dan

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sign comes to life with color!

The two signs are being worked on simultaneously with progress being about equal. Similar but not the same, I'll let the client choose the one they want and I'll hand the other in our showroom as a sample to encourage future sales of this kind of sign.

The paint started with Coastal Enterprises heavy bodied primer FSC-88 WB. As is my style I brushed in on with a small brush, purposely leaving brush stroked behind. This adds character and goes a long way to making the sign look hand made.

I used Modern Master's Acrylic Scenic paint for the base coats. It was also brushed on by hand. I worked with a very limited pallet, custom mixing my colors as I went. The gold paint is from Modern Masters Metallic line of paints.

I worked on the top portion of the sign initially as I like to splash paint around. Once the top part is done I'll start in on the bottom portion. Next up is the glazing process.

Stay tuned...