Sign Makers Guide

Lifelong learning is for everyone. Methods detailed in these practical guides have been taught to me over thirty years. Others, I've modified or discovered myself. The guides contain my processes for effective signmaking. I encourage you to use and adapt them.
Go with the grain

How to sand signs

The following in-depth guide explains how to sand signs and panels without the use of power tools. Ensuring your oil and water based paint coatings adhere and dry smoothly. Protecting plywood, hardwood, MDF, aluminium, steel, and plastic substrates. Why sanding…

How to hold a lettering brush and mahl stick

This guide explains the fundamentals of how to hold a lettering brush and mahlstick. With practice, you’ll automatically adopt these techniques and perhaps modify what’s comfortable for you. Posture for signwriting Be conscious of your posture and how it affects…

How to wash a lettering brush

How to clean a lettering brush

Knowing how to clean a lettering brush is essential for the care of your brushes. This guide will show you basic steps for cleaning lettering brushes, as well as compact storage. Remove excess paint Once you’ve painted and are ready…