Bear tracks in your room

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A recent customer shared a photo of his son’s new room. He decorated it with grizzly bear prints from our North America collection. It looks sharp, Jay!


Tutorial: Painting with our stencils

Friday, August 08, 2008

Surface preparation
Sweep loose dirt and gravel off the surface. Pavement should be dry, and the temperature is best between 60 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Any pieces of gravel left under the stencil could cause the paint to run outside the desired area creating a mess.

Pour the paint into a roller tray
Alternatively, paint straight out of the can for less waste.

Add solvent to slow evaporation
Traffic paint is thick and dries VERY fast, especially on warm days. For easier application by brush or roller, add a small amount of mineral spirits to the paint and mix well.

Position stencil
Put weight on each end to hold it in place. If you don’t, the wind could move the stencil while you’re painting.

Apply paint
For best results, start in the center and move to edge as the brush loses some of its paint load. If the brush is somewhat depleted of paint, there is less to bleed under the edge of the stencil. The name of the animal is cut into the stencil, but it will not paint well unless the paint has been thinned and you use a fairly dry brush.

Roller application works well, too.
After the paint has been thinned, a roller helps cover large areas quickly. The key is to make sure the roller is not too full of paint when it gets to the edge, or it will squeeze paint under the stencil.

Measuring to position the next footprint
Measuring the distance from the toe of one right footprint to the heel of the next right foot print.

Mark the spot for the next footprint
Use the paint brush to put a spot on the pavement where the next right heel will go.

Put the stencil in place
The stencil should be lined up on the mark where the right heel will go.

Paint the next footprint
The stencil is held down, and this time we used a roller for this second footprint.

Cleaning the stencil
Paint all the right footprints first, then clean up the stencil before you flip it over to do the left prints. If you go R-L-R-L…, the residual paint on the stencil may mess up the next footprint.

Next, layout the left footprints
After painting the right footprints, measure the straddle distance from the right prints to the left prints.

Stencils are labeled Right and Left
Note the R in the lower corner. If you can read it correctly, you are looking at the right prints. When you turn the stencil over, you can read an L in the lower left corner, and the R is backwards in the lower right corner.

Position the stencil in the direction of movement
Position the left print so the heel of the left print is halfway between two consecutive right heel prints, in the direction the animal is moving.

Andy’s Animal Tracks featured in the Midland Daily News

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

In March, Andy and his efforts to start this business were featured in the Midland Daily News. The feature story and photo ran on page 3.

Thanks to a Midland family’s new business, West Midland Family Center preschoolers will follow a trail of animal footprints between sinks and bathrooms in their classrooms. And when the Great Lakes Loons play at Dow Diamond, there just might be life-size loon prints on the field.

Gregg and Marianne Young have created Andy’s Animal Tracks, which sells stencils and vinyl replicas of life-size animal footprints that can be used to adorn playgrounds, walkways and children’s bathrooms. Son Andy has a developmental disability, and the business was established so he could earn money from it.

We have a copy of the article available as a PDF.  View PDF

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