Silent Hill Art Attack!

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I am so excited to introduce you to this short little HOW TO in order for you to make your very own, very cheap and effective “Welcome to Silent Hill” sign, as seen in the film “Silent Hill“. The sign itself has become an iconic symbol of the franchise, a gloomy, looming symbol of the possessed and deserted town that harbours secrets and horrors. So much so in fact that I created my own giant replica of the sign, which now sits in my back yard (much to the horror of my conservative parents). Images of the sign can be seen HERE under the Fan Art section, and HERE!.

Sharon200Above: The iconic sign from “Silent Hill” (2006)

The only problem with making a giant replica sign is that there is no where to put it around the house, unless you live in a mansion… Therefore I wanted to create a smaller replica sign that could sit comfortably on my bedroom wall for instance. I came up with a simple and cheap way of creating a replica sign that is easy to do, and therefore any Silent Hill fan can make their own at home! If not, just get in touch with me and I’ll see if I have time to make one for you.

What You Will Need:
– 1x A3 Foam Core Board (available in most HobbyCraft stores)
– Sheets of Green tissue paper
– Yellow printing paper
– Stanley knife, or scalpel

– Decoupage glossy glue

First of all, start with your Foam Core Board. These boards are perfect for this type of project because they are easy to cut and stick things to.

photo 2Above: A3 White Foam Core Board

Using a pencil, I drew a freehand curve across the top of the board, to match the curve of the sign from reference images taken from the Internet. I’m afraid I’m no good with measurements so I cannot provide exact scales or degrees.

photo 3Above: The board, marked with pencil along the top to match the curve of the sign (pencil line doesn’t show up very well in photograph! Sorry!)

Next, cut (CAREFULLY) along the curve line. Thanks to the board being made of foam, it should cut rather easily. Originally I had wanted to make these mini signs out of wood, but one of the things putting me off was the thought of sawing through the wood.

photo 4Above: The boards cut into the correct curvature.

Take a sheet of green tissue paper, place it over the sign and cut roughly around it, leaving at least an inch overlap. Then scrunch the sheet of tissue paper into a ball, then carefully unravel it so the sheet is now crinkled.

Using the decoupage glue (decoupage glue dries clear, leaves a gloss finish and dries super super fast) brush the entire board with the glue, making sure it covers each square inch! Then take the sheet of crinkled green tissue paper and place it down over the board, pressing down firmly so it’s stuck tight to the board.

photo 5Above: The green tissue paper stuck firmly to the board, with an inch overlap of the paper around the edges. 

Once the board has dried, turn it over and glue down the overlap to the back side of the board. This means the edges of the board are covered in green and helps seal in everything properly. If you wanted, or if you feel it is not enough, you can repeat this process to give the board two layers of green tissue. This is what I did, but purely because I wanted a darker green than just the one coating.

After this it’s time to add the letters. You may want to make stencils, and paint the letters on using yellow paint. I decided to simply print the letters onto yellow paper, and cut them out. It’s a long, arduous task but the end result is probably the best.

To print off stencils or lettering, I tracked down the original font used for the Welcome Sign and downloaded it for my computer. The Font is called “Adobe Jenson Pro” and can be found to download HERE!

photo 1photo 5Above: The lettering printed off on yellow paper and then cut out.

After cutting out the lettering, arrange the letters onto the board to make sure you know where you want them to sit. Then using the glue again, paint the board first and stick down all the letters, and then brush on top of the letters again to seal and coat it.

After this it is time to create the yellow border. Like I said earlier, I am no good with measurements, sizes or guides so this was purely guesswork again. I cut strips of the yellow paper into half centimetre strips then laid them out around the perimeter of the board, about half an inch in from the edge of the board. After getting the positioning right, glue down again using the decoupage glue, and seal them in again by applying the glue over the top of the paper as well.

photo 3Above: The board, with the yellow boarder drying under the glue.  

For the curved yellow strip along the top, I used the top edge of the board as a guide and traced around it onto yellow paper, moving the board down half a centimetre and drawing another line then cutting it out. After everything is glued down, leave it to dry and then it is complete.

photo 1Above: My two finished signs. (Left) Simple sign left along. (Right) I used brown paint and stippled all over the board to make it look more worn and withered. 

You can customize the board any way you want, as with the second board I made I stippled the board with the brown paint to make it look more worn and rustic.

photo 3Above: Closeup of the worn and weathered board. 

And that’s it! Simple dimple! If anyone has any questions or any suggestions as to how to make it look different or better then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at philip.petrie@yahoo.com! Thanks for reading! This was MY ART ATTACK!

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