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Works of art created out of vinyl film, specializing in works of nature and wildlife 2 comments


Many sign makers employ fine art techniques when creating designs. I have taken the vinyl that is normally used in creating signs and created works of art with it instead. Pressure sensitive vinyl is a common signage medium, and I use it to create truly unique pieces of fine art.

In 1983 I went to work hand cutting vinyl lettering and logos. I enjoyed creating shapes and designs with the knife so much that I threw away my paints and brushes and started experimenting with the vinyl in my own art. I actually became much faster with cutting the vinyl pieces then I ever had been painting with acrylics.

It took several experimental stages and many years to get this unique style of art to the stage you see in the gallery. I never intended to cut each scale of the fish, but it just turned out to be the best way to create the color and texture of the fish. I call the technique vinyl collage.

Stage 1

The first pictures were a very simple subject matter placed on a piece of matte board. For me to consider doing a complicated background was unthinkable! When I realized that matte board was not the best base to work on and might break down over many years. I realized I had to change my mind on the background. I now use a plastic sign board that I cover with the vinyl color I want to start with for the base color, and then start adding the pieces of vinyl to create the picture from the background to the foreground.

Stage 2

I used to matte and put all the images under glass so all the small pieces would be protected from dust and other elements of nature. When I was at art shows people were so interested in how the pictures were produced that they would want to feel the texture of the fish or the bird, and all they would feel was the glass! At first I tried to spray a lacquer over the picture but it would react to some of the really small pieces and they would bubble or raise on the edges. Finally, what I do present day is cover the image with a clear sheet of vinyl, heating it in to conform to all the pieces. This protects all the small pieces, but still allows you to feel the texture of the subject without hurting the picture.

By the way, one of the changes that took the longest time and the most convincing for me to do, was to sign my pieces. Believe it or not that is the hardest thing to do, to cut my name out of vinyl!


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