Blending shades of color gives a sign dimensionality

woman paints the wall of balonWe live in a world of color, but we don’t always think to use several hues of color to make our signage stand out amid a cluttered world.

Here’s a cool tip on staging background colors to get the maximum impact from your signage displays.

  1. Position the material on your worktable. Now you’re ready to add the illusion of depth to your sign. You’ll want to begin with the longest side first. Let’s say we’re using blue spray paint to add impact.
  2. Apply multiple layers of paint to your signboard’s foundation. Start by placing the foam, wooden or plastic signboard flat atop your work surface. Applying spray paint in several different hues will add depth and texture, creating a pleasing optical effect that brings the sign to life.
  3. Hold down the paint spray-can nozzle. While working about a foot away from the signboard, apply the stream of paint towards the center of the board.
  4. Turn the board. Now take a medium shade of paint and apply a spray coating approximately three-quarters of the way onto the sign material, moving a little distance away, advises Pete Sifuentes, a sign maker with Signs and Wonders Custom Lettering and PinStriping,” in Lakeside, Mont.
  5. Always begin on the longest side. When the surface is dry, turn the board over. The resulting airbrushed look is pretty cool. If you don’t achieve the result you’re looking for the first time, a little practice produces the desired result.

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