Progress of a painted sign - Vail Lake Monument Mural

Recently Big City had the opportunity to provide painted graphics on a two-sided 6 ft x 40 ft monument sign at Vail Lake RV Resort, Temecula (near San Diego) CA. Painting the graphics provided cost-effective signage for this large "canvas".

Here is what it looked like originally - I'd say it was ready for a change:

Vail Lake monument before photo Temecula CA

The process of providing new signage typically follows the path of settling with the client ahead of time on what we'll be doing. A scale rendering and photo mock-up are typically provided, here is that documentation for this project:

Vail RV Resort hand painted monument mockup drawing

With approval from the client in hand, the graphic production begins. As documented elsewhere in this blog, full-size paper templates are drawn and perforated with tiny holes on the drawn lines. Charcoal is pushed through the holes on-site to transfer the design to the sign surface.

First, I began laying in colors. The colors were intensified here, as signs need to be less subtle than printed materials to be properly eye-catching.

Vail Lake RV hand painted monument sign progress photo

More colors are painted, and the design began to take shape.

Vail Lake RV hand painted monument progress photo
Vail Lake RV handprinted monument sign progress photo

Part of the design included a transparent shade, that shows the background colors through it. Here are a couple of detail shots of that:

Vail Lake RV hand painted monument progress photo
Vail Lake RV hand painted monument progress photo

The layout is almost always printed out in full color at scale to be able to see what we're trying to accomplish, and as paint colors are mixed they're tested on this scale rendering.

Vail Lake RV hand painted monument drawing & completed project

The final product was just what the client ordered. Here’s a completion photo…

Vail Lake RV hand painted monument completion photo

You might be thinking about getting this kind of project done, Do you know where to start? I can tell you - contact me, Paul Borne (president of Big City Signs) to find out more.

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