Learn Signwriting

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.
Thinners for signwriting paints

How to thin paint for sign painting

This guide explains why and how to thin paint for sign painting and brush lettering. Using widely available thinners, ideal for oil and water based paints for brush and roller application. Why should paint be thinned? Paints differ in consistency.…

Using fine line tape for signwriting

How to use tape for signwriting

This guide explains how to use adhesive tape for signwriting. It’ll help you work faster when painting signs and letters, as well as enable straighter edges for stripes and panels. To tape or not to tape Some signwriters refuse to…

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…