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Pounced: Biscuit Finally Has Its Name

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It was sometime around mid-summer of last year (maybe earlier) when I started the project to place ‘Lost Biscuit’ on the hood of my jeep. It took a little longer than expected, but I finally did it.
First I had to decide which font to use. Fortunately,  I got some very helpful input along the way from Dexter (thanks) and eventually decided upon the Marker Felt font. Okay, that was pretty easy.

Now, how to get the name on the hood. After hmming and haaaing over how I wanted to attach the name (hand drawn, stickers, stencils, pay someone else … ), I finally decided I would do it myself using paint.  But, I knew my freehand drawing and painting skills froze around the 2nd grade, so this wasn’t something I could improvise. Since I had no immediate solutions, I decided to put the project on hold (which explains the delay).

One day this past December I was watching American Restoration on the History Channel.  The American Restoration show is a spinoff of sorts from the Pawn Stars show and follows various restoration projects from Ricks Restoration out of Las Vegas.  In one of the episodes, called Buttered Up (you can view it here), Rick restores an old popcorn machine.

To repaint the front of the popcorn machine, the painter used a technique that dates back centuries called pouncing. Pouncing? My ears perked up!

Pouncing?  Never heard of that. As usual, my computer was on my lap so I instantly googled pouncing.  I learned,

Pouncing is where pounce — loose graphite or charcoal — is rubbed through a series of small holes punched in a paper pattern to transfer the design to an item to be decorated

Well, I thought that would work for Biscuit’s name.  After some more research, I found out that quilters use pouncing for some stitch patterns.  So, the next day I hit some quilt stores.  As you can imagine, the conversation went something like this,

“Hi, I’m here because I want to paint a name on my jeep,” says I.

Blank stare from cashier, “what do you need?”

“I need stuff for pouncing” says I, remembering now that I probably had not shaved, maybe, not even showered, and most likely wasn’t quite dressed like customers they normally help (however, to my credit, I didn’t have on my garage jeans).

Another blank stare, “you want to do what?” I think she even had her finger ready to dial ‘9’ (and then ‘1’ ‘1’)

It turns out, not everyone knows what pouncing is, even at the quilt stores.  Eventually, after visiting a couple quilt stores, I found what I needed (you will see my pouncing supplies in a picture below).

Here’s the synopsis of this project.

1. Design and Print the template.  Then, since I didn’t have a good awl, I created my own awl out of tape, a chopstick and a long push pin.

2. Next, I attached the template to a piece of cardboard.  Then, I poked holes around the outer edge of all the letters.

3. With the letters outlined, I tested out the template on different materials to make sure it worked.  It turns out pouncing is pretty easy!

4. Selecting paint was the next step. So, I visited my local art supply store and explained to them what I wanted.  They directed me to an Acrylic Titanium White Tube from Windsor Newton. Along with the paint, they also suggested an acrylic spray on sealer and finisher from Americana. I took the paint home and tested it on different materials.  At first, I didn’t like it, because it wasn’t as smooth as the typical oil based house paint I had expected.  Instead, it had texture like a canvas artist would want.  But then, after staring at it a bit, I warmed to the texture, because it gave the name a hand generated feel.

5.  Yesterday, with the weather a little warmer, it was time to paint the name.  I got out my template, my paint, and my pouncing supplies.  I taped the template to the hood and prepared to pounce.

Over the course of my tests, the technique I found most successful for pouncing was not tapping the pouncer, but rather dragging it slowly across the holes.  This kept the paper from popping up and blurring the dots underneath.

The pouncing equipment consists of a pouncer with a ‘handle’ on one side and a soft side on the other.  There’s also a plastic container that can hold pounce.  Lastly, there is the white chalk.

6.  Now it’s time to paint.  I put three coats on each side. This image was taken after the first coat.

This is after three coats.

There is still some small edges that need cleaning up.  Once I do that, I’ll spray it and hopefully that will protect it!


12 Comments on “Pounced: Biscuit Finally Has Its Name

  1. mmdeilers Post author

    Thanks guys. Glad you enjoyed the post. I just realized I had forgotten to add the image that showed what the hood looked like after I pounced and before I painted (which of course was one of the most interesting images given the topic … sigh). It’s there now (image #7).

  2. Bill

    I think we need to make you an honorary Letterhead! Great job for a first time …Next time try some ONE SHOT sign lettering enamel from a sign supply place. You can buy it in small cans, and one coat will be enough. Making that pounce pattern with individual pinpricks is tedious, look for a pounce wheel, looks like a miniature spur that has lots of points on it.Kudos!

  3. mmdeilers Post author

    Thanks Bill. Sign enamel is a good idea — I didn’t know it existed. I will look for some (I would have thought the art supply store folks would have thought of that). I did ask about the pounce wheel, but none of the quilt stores I was at had one. That’s when I decided that my ‘pounce stick’ would work fine. It really didn’t take too long anyway.

  4. Paul

    Very nice! A classy detail on a fun Jeep. All this time I thought pounce was some kind of cat food, now I know better. Many years ago I traded work with a sign painter and he painted my Jeeps name above the back window on a reflective tape banner. Even during our long, dark winters the name jumped out at folks when illuminated by headlights.

  5. Dexter

    Damn, that turned out great! Props to you for using a brush! Most people would’ve played it safe and used a spray can.

  6. mmdeilers Post author

    I don’t know the meaning of the word safe … I measure once and cut twice 🙂

  7. mmdeilers Post author

    Good question:

    My oldest son was signing up to play xBox online, but all the names he wanted to use were taken. So, he said he randomly put together two words ‘FoundedBiscuit’. That became his online nickname. My younger son decided he would keep the same last word, but changed the first, becoming ‘LostBiscuit’ online.

    As soon as I heard ‘Lost Biscuit’, I thought that would make a fine jeep name. First of all, I figured it would be a good way to involve the kids with the jeep (I asked them if it was okay if I used the name). The ‘Lost’ part of the nic appealed to me because I really do like getting lost in the woods and then figuring out how to get out. The ‘Biscuit’ part appealed to me because I’m a former chef and love to cook. In addition, I view biscuits as a simple, rustic food, which fits my sense of this jeep. Mostly, I call it Biscuit for short, but the ‘proper’ name is Lost Biscuit.

    As a kid, one of the best things about going to club playdays and PNW Summer Convention during the 70s and early 80s was looking at all the different club names and vehicle names.

    In the early 1970s our jeep club put out a roster of clubs and their members from Region 1, which was roughly the south Puget Sound area, which had all kinds of info including in some cases the jeep name.

    Here were the names of jeep from just the Wandering Willys JC:

    Sylvester (My Parent’s Jeep)
    Sweet Pea
    Gypsy B
    Willo the Whisp
    Green Pea
    Little Jeep & Big Jeep (owned by the same couple)
    Swift Turtle
    Mr. Clean
    Purple Pig
    Bumble Bee
    Tar Baby

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