Monday, May 21, 2012

From The Wood Pile: The REDCROW Shelf {part2}

Another very busy week has passed by and now we are beginning a new. Where does all of the time go?
Let's continue the build of the shelf...
We have cut and painted all of the main structure of the shelf. Now the real fun begins, adding of the graphics.
Now some folks out there are very "traditionalists" when it comes to hand work, as in it must all be done by hand... Well folks sorry to disappoint but living in this day and age and keeping to the moto of "making do with what you have" I have a computer and AI and a printer. Not to say that I do all of my work on the computer but where I can cut some corners why not I have it?  Just another tool in the tool chest, right? I am sure if you are reading this then you must agree to a point as you are reading this on a blog that is on the internet that is on your computer.  As you will see in the end product, there is plenty of handwork that goes into it, even a bit of sweat and blood.
With all that out of the way. I did a few ruff sketches with the 'ol pen and paper. Found the one I liked the best. Scanned it in and did a nifty layout. Built the line art and some layers. Printed it out on a bunch of 8 1/2"x11" paper (I only have a basic printer) Trimmed up the paper

and taped it all together.

Final layout.

First pass of some color over a base coat of white and a go at some "distressing" to help build up some layers.

Now this is why the use of the computer. After a little razor blade time cutting out the letters, slap her down and a quick pass with a brush and some paint. Time saver (?) Since there will be some hand love after all is said and done no need to be perfect here.

Painted fun. Now ya could stop here and call it a day but no sweat as of yet so grab the wood files and different sanding grit and

work some aging magic. My favorite part is going over it with some wood stain, it really is just like magic, it comes to life. Photos no good at showing the depth and detail.

One graphic is not enough and sticking to the "product" shelf that it has become it needed to have some glorious cheesy slogan graphics as well. Came up with a little cracker filled with motivation >>>--"Keep On Crow'n" ---> 

After all is said and done on the graphics time to put all of the pieces together and actually build the shelf. Here she be, Graphics on and "aged". Hooks attached. All painted primed and hung on the wall in the studio space.

I have dolled up the studio and filled the shelf with props and tools. I think I will keep ya hang'n and reveal the final space tomorrow. Till then get back to it and have a great and productive week!
>>>--"Keep On Crow'n" --->


dwiggs said...

Nice work!

r_bot said...

This is great! Glad that yer posting again too. I'm in the process of building some shelves myself - have to look into that chalk paint.

patrick segui said...

nice job ......

Redcrow said...

Thanks Everyone for the kind words and support!
r-bot, please share your final build when all complete, looking forward to seeing it.