July 2015

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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22 SportsTurf | July 2015 A fter 20 plus years of paint- ing logos for sporting games and special events, I have reinvented myself and my techniques several times. At first I went by the "Guess and By Golly" method where I would look at a drawing and paint marks, con- nect them and create a letter or logo. Most of them were deemed too small and detailed for recognizable visual impact. Then I started projecting the image with an opaque projector on a paper woven mesh (Saxolin X, recyclable paper netting used to cover chip filled railroad cars), which is distributed to landscapers for erosion projects. I noticed that they would measure and paint dots to create a planting pattern using different colors indicating which plant went where. Being made of a woven brown wax coated paper, it retained the paint. But then I had to relay it on the grass by simply repainting on the paper pattern, which was hard to do with straight lines. There are some simple techniques I have used over the years depend- ing on what works best at the time or what I have available. In the old days, school opaque projectors were used to manipulate the desired image onto a wall that required moving the projector back and forth to fit the size needed. Sometimes your images might not be sharp. Nowadays with the new computer technologies you can hook up your laptop to an LCD projector and have options to zoom or keystone the image without having to move anything. You might think a 10-foot image is big, but once it is laid out onto a field it is dwarfed by the large amount of grass you want to paint. Also for you to project an image large enough you need to have a taller wall such as in a gym or warehouse, requiring ladders and the ability to darken the room to be able to see the projected image. Once the image size has been projected, you can hang a sheet of visqueen, or what I prefer, a poly tarp with grommets. By carefully cutting half-moons on the straight and curved lines you will create a usable pattern to spray dots in the exposed cutouts. Poly tarps come in a variety of sizes, colors and thicknesses. I like white which because it is easier to mark. If the logo is only used a couple of times, I go with a thinner mil, but it is bigger. LOGO CREATION 101 FACILITY & OPERATIONS ■ BY MIKE HEBRARD

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