Tired of staring at those white walls, I decided it was time to add some color. I thought the comic shop would look good in red, while Monk’s needed a more sedate gray.
While the paint dried, I started work on the comic shop’s sign. Cool & Collected is one of my long-running websites, so I thought it was a fitting name for the shop.
After designing the sign and printing it on my inkjet printer, I cut it out, and used Modpodge to glue it down. Modpodge is basically a watered down white glue, and is a great way to affix paper to any surface. The ink bled a little bit, but I’m not too concerned because I’m going for an old, grimy feel with this entire diorama, and will be roughing up the signs even more later.
While I had the Modpodge out, I used it to glue down some corrugated cardboard to simulate metal sheeting on the bottom portion of the comic shop’s front wall. It’s always a good idea to visually break up large, flat surfaces in a diorama and add interest in any way you can.
Things are much brighter on Yancy Street these days… maybe a little too bright. That red is a little strong now that I see it, and it might be due for a repaint. Oh well, that’s part of the fun of building miniatures — you can always make changes!