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I have been wanting a silk banner (standard) for years and years, but I’ve been putting it off. I finally decided that it was time, so I could have it for Pennsic. We’ve had a pile of silk for ages (from Dharma Trading, I would guess), so that part was already taken care of. I’d worked out a design sometime last year, and tweaked it a bit to come up with my final plan:

lorenzo_banner-2x9-v.3

The motto was the translation I found on the interwebs for “Just Do It” (Google translates it back as “only make”, which is close enough).

I originally thought I was going to lay the design out directly on the silk, but reason intervened and I did the layout on paper instead. Three sheets of poster board and two sheets of charcoal sketch paper gave me just enough room to work out the design across a couple of folding tables:

banner-01

I taped the paper down and went about my layout with compass, straightedge, pencil, and Sharpie. There was a fair amount of trial and error, so I’m glad I made the wise decision to save the silk for later. I printed out full scale samples of the text so I could get an idea of the size I needed. Instead of trying to trace the letters directly (hard to do through poster board), I rigged up a double pencil to draw the letters out freehand:

banner-06Once the design was finalized, I taped down a pre-washed length of the silk and transferred the design in pencil:

banner-02

 

The layout was probably the part that took the longest out of this whole enterprise. It certainly took a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m glad I took the extra time, though, as I think the final product was just about what I wanted.


Mirrored from Lorenzo's Workshop.

on 2013-07-05 06:47 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sstormwatch.livejournal.com
Nice! And from what I've been told by one who wrote the silk banner CA book, and from her students, drawing it out onto paper is the best thing to do to avoid mistakes. We are supposed to have her come to our barony and teach sometime this year, if we can get a place to host it.

I look forward to seeing pics of your finished banner soon.

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