Here is the photo taken years ago in Clayton
Around 6 years ago while at the Clayton show I came across a vintage Chris Craft sign from the late twentys, at least thats my best guess. I recall the price being around $5,000 and sadly I did not have that in my pocket… checking account, or bank, or in anything, but I did have a cheap camera. So I grabbed a photo and thought, mmmm. I can make that sign. Now it isnt the original, but still would be fun to do.
If you look on the right there. Thats the sign as well. A little larger than the Clayton one, but the same idea.Was this one of the first signs for Chris Craft?
Well that was 5 years ago. So the other day, Jimmy said, hey got any ideas for some art work for the barn. BAM! I sure did and just needed someone to give me a reason. So I loaded the picture into the computer and made it so we could have a better reference.
8 Degrees outside. Barn 40! Time to move in doors
A trip to the paint store did the trick. I use simple house paint since it will be varnished.
Yesterday Jimmy had prepped a good sheet of plywood and the day started around 7 AM and ended at 8PM.. Today it gets some varnish!
Step one is to lay in the base colors. Thats one of Jimmys vintage rifle collection!
Starting to lay in the type and boat
The orange required 4 coats! Ugh. We also had to attach some support so it would not bow.
Laying in Jimmys Lounge. What was interesting is this must have been how it was done. The font had a stencle feel. So the art would have been done and then name added later.
I had to lay down on the ground to support my arm.
Close to finished. With added details. It will be cut down and framed in black and varnished to give it protection and an aged look
Dang! It worked!
Yes its a little shaky! Now I know why all those old sign painters drank so much!
I wish i had taken photo details of the faces. So I had to make up a “feel” that might have been.
One really digging in on the original sign, the art was very simple and crude. I am perfect for that style!
If anyone has the original sign, I would love to get more details. It was a fun project for sure.