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Below are some useful guidelines to follow when painting your banner.

  • PAINT ON THE BLANK SIDE Make sure the banner is not upside down.
  • USE ACRYLIC PAINTS The banners will be rolled up during handling and OILS or SPRAY PAINT do not dry well, tend to flake and/or may stick or crack. In addition, banners with heavy coats of paint tend to curl.
  • NO GLUED OR APPLIED ITEMS Glued/applied items do not hold up to the coastal elements and tend to curl up, fall off or tear.
  • NO PRINTS Prints will not be accepted, including photographs, graphics, etc.
  • SEALER & PRIMER If you use a sealer, test a small patch to see if it dries. Avoid using sealer that may remain sticky and cause the paint to peel when the banner is unrolled. Glossy sealers tend to stay sticky and do not photograph well for the Auction Guide.
  • SIGN YOUR BANNER Sign, or at least initial your banner, as it makes identification easier throughout the handling.
  • THIS IS PUBLIC ART The banners are displayed on public streets and should be appropriate for all ages. There is no theme, but please no unfavorable portrayals of individuals, public or private. City code prohibits the image on public banners of any living person who has either held or run for public office in San Diego County.
  • PLEASE COMMUNICATE EARLY If you cannot paint your banner, let us know so that we have time to give it to another artist.
  • DO NOT PASS YOUR BANNER ON TO SOMEONE ELSE If you cannot paint your banner, return it to either 101 Artists’ Colony or Leucadia 101.
  • DO NOT REVEAL YOUR COMPLETED ARTWORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA or publicly prior to the Unveiling Reception. This way we can maintain the element of surprise until the unveiling.

Download a full list of the 2018 Dos and Don’ts here.