This idea has taken several stages of evolution to get right and I think the final product (When I finally get off my bouncy butt and finish it...) will be pretty dang cool.
Supplies needed to complete this task:
Rough canvas or other cloth
wooden plank - sanded and stained to fit the size of the sigil
chain to hang them
more screw hooks! (Yay, I love me some blister! :( )
Iron on transfer paper: I found that Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper from Amazon works the best. I tried some other transfer sheets and it just didn't have the look I was going for - Let me explain:
That one was fun to make... and yeah, quite a bit of a stretch from a mythical creature...
House Corson will also be joining us and yes, you guessed it, someone is a HUGE Giants fan so, of course, we chose the giant as their sigil with the words "Together We Are Giant." Not really stretching my creativity much here but they're really going to love it. Especially since Baseball season is upon us, we may just be seeing their sigil as a sign of good luck. Like a rabbits foot or something, right? Go A's! :D
This took a lot of digging around on the internet for images and quite a bit of Photoshop wizarding to get just right. I used a combination of programs to create the sigils including Photoshop, I also used Microsoft Word to do my formatting. Sure, I coulda done it all in Photoshop but I like things to be extra complicated, as you can probably already tell.
Once I had every sigil formatted in Word, I saved it as a PDF and opened it again in Photoshop to add the color. I chose a very large textured brush and put whatever color I was using on almost completely transparent - allowing me to paint over the top of the sigil without losing the sigil. To create this particular effect you see here, I did not paint as I normally would, rather "dabbed" the paint - that is to say I did more pointing and clicking rather than dragging the color across the screen. After a plethora of curse words and hours of tinkering, I managed to get them how I wanted them.
At first I was going to embroider them with some snazzy accents... but then reality hit me and I decided that would take WAY too long. Then I thought I could sew them to a small dowel rod and hang them with some rope... but again, that would take way too long since I don't have a sewing machine and would be doing it all by hand. In the end, I decided that nailing them to a piece of stained wood would be the best way to go. I can texture the wood so it looks weathered and stain the fabric for an aged look. There’s a lot of fun things you can do with the graphic once you have it laid out how you want - it will also make the perfect accent for a fantabulous kitchen wench costume!
With any luck I will have a finished product for you to see a little later on.
Just a little over 2 weeks to go!!!