Monday, May 19, 2008

Sideshow banner


I can't draw. Not a bit. So the idea of me doing a sideshow banner seems just plain silly. Since being silly is become a life long habit, I wanted to find a way to indulge myself. It is also a fun, creative exercise to find ways to get around my lack of talent. I wonder sometimes that if I had talent at anything else if I would still do magic.


Well, I did a little research on the web and after experimenting on my own. I created my first banner. I may not be able to draw. I know layout and I can letter. And I like the mystery aspects as originally created by master gaffmeister Doug Highley. Although, he would not like my color scheme.


This is a 4 foot by 5 foot banner. Hemmed. Gesso. Painted with Acrylic Paint. The hemmed seam was folded over and sealed with Gorilla Glue to add strength. Grommets all around. Finally, 5 coats of a flexible matte varnish to make it waterproof.


What will I do with it now? Maybe I'll keep it. Maybe eBay. If you want, make me a offer.

7 comments:

mai-ling said...

I love it.
That would look different
draped on my keyboard stand.

Did you just use basic
vinyl?

Is Doug Highley aka GrindShow.com ??

chgomagic said...

No vinyl.

I am love the traditional stuff. So I am a canvas man all the way.

Old School.

Yep, you got the right Highley.

Bill

mai-ling said...

Canvas is soo much better.

Doug is funny...especially
when it comes to my bad mood
thread at the magic cafe.

so you really don't want to
keep it??????????

chgomagic said...

Doug has got some great stories of his travels. A real interesting cat. And quite a curmudgeon.

As to keeping the banner, there may be some sentimental value, being my first, but I can make others and if someone can use it great.

Maybe I can start a home business.

mai-ling said...

most definitely...
i get sentimental over my
leather jackets too.

Gordon said...

Wow, canvas. Sure beats the average Kinkos job. Nice work, Bill.

chgomagic said...

Thanks