Finishing touches

I first painted the dimensional pictorial in bright colors. It didn’t look natural for it was a bit garish, but I had just the cure. I mixed up the most awful glaze – a mix of khaki and chocolate and flooded it on up to the tree line of the mountain. The using the soft rags I judiciously wiped it off once more leaving it in the cracks and crevices of the sculpture. It immediately toned down and brought it into the context with the sign. It looked a LOT better in a short time!

The gold leaf only took a short time and instantly added the sparkle the sign needed. Today after allowing the sign to dry for a couple of days we moved it out of the shop and to the site. The client was most pleased and so were we !!!
The shop seemed empty with the sign now gone… but we were ready with the next exciting project. Stay tuned…


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Dan Sawatzky

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force in the sign industry. He and his wife Janis are owners of Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation – a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional theme signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous international awards and Dan’s articles appear frequently in the sign trade publications. Dan and his crew also host Sign Magic and Sculpting Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world. For more information please visit

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