From chalk outline to final brushstroke, our sign writers put together a hand painted sign for Ozone’s London Fields coffee shop
As a signmakers founded by craftspeople back in 1985, we went back to our art & design roots and chose the vintage technique of sign writing for our very own shop front – hand painting our street number on a fixed panel of glass above our front door and layering it in gold leaf for a creative flash.
Smack bang in the middle of Shoreditch, we’re blessed to be part of a community of artisans who believe in safeguarding traditional skills, and so in keeping with that spirit we’ve archived our insider secrets to help demystify the magic for you.
For this sign, we forewent freeform lettering and chose to use a template instead, which is something we believe everyone can do! So feel free to skim tips and tricks for your individual pursuits in this tutorial, which covers:
- The required tools and materials for hand painting
- The basics of a sign painting brush
- Things to consider when preparing your environment
- The process of creating your own hand painted sign on a fixed pane of glass
- The required tools and materials for gilding glass
- How to prepare and add gold leaf to a hand painted glass sign
- The best way to finish off your sign so that it’s protected and easy to clean
Or take a saunter into our process with the film below which is a bit of fun for us and a lot of informative for you!