“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work.”
Jeff Styles black and white stripes on a metal panel
For this project, I wanted something more that just a flat, ordinary panel; so I had a sheet of aluminum cut to size. I then applied a series of wavy, grind marks onto the panel by using a round, red Scotch Bright pad attached to a die grinding disc to give a wilder design to the background. I also purchased in a few louvers to give the panel more dimension. I then sprayed the panel with House of Kolor candy apple red and added a clear coat to the panel.
At this point, I gently remove the tape to reveal my center mark. (note: after the striping paint has dried; remove the stabile mark with Windex and a soft cloth.)
I will be using One Shot lettering enamel for my pinstripe design and mineral spirits as a thinner to reduce paint for palliating. Using a magazine for a pallet, I pour a small amount of white paint onto the magazine and dip my M.A.C. 00 brush into the thinner. I know the thinner looks dirty, but it helps to tint the white paint for improved coverage. Another way to attain a smoother coverage is to add a few drops of light blue and a few drops of black to the white paint.
Now I mix the thinner into the paint evenly by palliating the brush back and forth to achieve desired thickness.
Here I have loaded my brush with the correct amount of paint. Detect the sharp tip; if you load the brush too much, the tip becomes blunt resulting in uneven line thickness.
Holding the brush with my thumb and forefinger, I use my other fingers for stability. (Note: the more pressure applied to the brush the thicker the line.) Now I am ready to pull my lines.
I pull my lines next to the stabilo marks using them as a guide.
Now I branch out the design paying close attention to the symmetry.
Being right handed, I pull the left side of the design first. This makes it easier to see the lines I am duplicating.
I build upon the design in the same manner by going left to right.
Observe my hand positioning; my guide finger is off of the design; I place the forefinger of my left hand and lock it onto the thumb of my right as I pivot with my left pinky.
I keep building the pinstripe design until I accomplish the desired balance.
STEP 13a, b:
By filing in the center portion of the design with black, it gives the pinstripe design a heavier foundation.
STEP 14a, b, c:
I continue adding black as a 2nd color to the pinstripe design until the preferred balance is reached.
For the 3rd color, I will be using One Shot 104-L bright red.
STEP 16a, b:
I continue adding the red to broaden the pinstripe design until the desired look is fulfilled.
Hey, don't forget those louversâ€¦
No project is complete without a signature. For this I use a Silverwhite #4 script brush.