RESOURCE: Posters and Placards
Protest signs are a staple of any major demonstration. Here in Leicester we have a track record of brilliant signs and costumes at our strikes, all demonstrating incredible creativity. There are thousand of ideas just waiting for someone to grab them and make them a reality. So, whether you're recreating a well-beloved or making your own, here are our top tips for creating a placard for the ages.
STEP ONE: THE BASE
No one wants a poster that'll fly away in the breeze. For your base, you’ll need a couple of sturdy pieces of card (or foam core boards), which you can glue together. Have any old crisp boxes? Those work great. Otherwise, we like these, which are £6 for a pack of five A3 pieces.
STEP TWO: THE GROUNDWORK
Then, glue another piece of card - white for maximum visibility, but many other colours work well and stand out - on top of that. A common colour combination is blue/green as a base colour with black and white text and illustrations. This is what you make your artwork on.
STEP THREE: THE SLOGAN
Feeling uninspired? Look no further than Google. A quick search brings mountains of inventive work, from funny quips to angry commentary. We love and welcome them all.
Here's a shot from our September strike with an array of great signs.
STEP FOUR: THE MASTERPIECE
And now for the brilliance to come shining through. Gather up your paints/markers/assorted art supplies and prepare your piece. If you have no supplies, we have your back! We like these paints, at £3 for 12 small pots. These are ideal for light artwork. In for the long game? These paints are £6 for 20 tubes, for the striker with a penchant for style.
And there you have it! A quick, easy guide for all your placard making needs! Now go forth and fulfill your poster-loving heart. You know you want to.