23K gold leaf lettering on an overlaid plywood panel with a hand-painted faux marble background done with Porter acrylic paint. The cutout HDU board accents are finished with 23K gold leaf.
Vinyl lettering on an overlaid plywood panel finished with acrylic paint
Overlaid plywood panels finished with acrylic latex paints, with router-cut aluminum accents on the 4-by-4 treated posts with western red cedar post covers. The background panel was designed to tie in with the 100-year-old doors on the building. The cross and accents are HDU board.
Layered cut vinyl
Vinyl lettering on an overlaid plywood panel finished with acrylic paint, with a hand-painted original cross and empty tomb scene
Vinyl lettering on an overlaid plywood panel finished with acrylic paint; 3D graphic is from Gemini finished with 23K gold leaf. Posts are 6-by-6 treated posts with western red cedar post covers.
Gold leaf acrylic letters from GoldLeafLetters. com on an HDU board panel that was carved on a ShopBot router and finished with acrylic latex paints. Post covers are ¾-in. overlaid plywood; post caps are HDU board.
23K gold leaf lettering on router-carved HDU board, finished with acrylic latex paint and Ronan copper paint.
All vinyl lettering. “Jackson’s is airbrushed using Krylon paints,” says Russ. “I learned this technique from Butch Anton.”
Overlaid plywood panels finished with acrylic latex paints, with router-cut aluminum accents on the 4-by-4 treated posts with western red cedar post covers. The background panel was designed to tie in with the 100-year-old doors on the building. The cross and accents are HDU board.
All vinyl lettering. A&R is airbrushed with Krylon paints.
Vinyl lettering on overlaid plywood panel finished with acrylic latex paints. The scales graphic is from Gemini; posts and caps are red cedar with half-round accents.
Router-carved HDU panel finished with acrylic latex paints; lettering is finished with 23K gold leaf and the background panel is a faux painted marble effect. Post covers are ¾-in. overlaid boxes with halfround accents over 4-by-4 posts.
Vinyl lettering on overlaid plywood panel finished with Porter acrylic latex paint
Layered cut vinyl
Vinyl lettering with a gradient fade that was airbrushed with Krylon paint.
Vinyl lettering on a layered overlaid plywood panel finished with Porter acrylic latex paint; Gemini caduceus is from Gemini with 23K gold finish.
Russ Mills

Russ Mills

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Marketing: It helps to develop a reputation over the years. If you can do that, it really makes your business run more smoothly. I like to develop an image for my customers and help them be more successful. Most of them seem to appreciate that.

I just turned 53, and that makes me one of the old-timers in the area. [Laughing.] I’ve done a lot of work here, and have always tried to keep the signs interesting and appealing.

Outsourcing: When you work alone as I do, you need to get other companies to help with production if you want to keep your volume up. I outsource a lot of my panel and letter cutting work to a friend of mine who has a Shopbot router [www.shopbottools.com]. He can cut things in a matter of minutes. It’s not worth me getting the jigsaw out. I’ve got plenty of other work to keep me busy, so I let him do that part.


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