NGS Signsmith Workshop London – April 12th

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London Sign-smith start course with a bit of gold leaf thrown in!!

April 12 2014 –

Whether for curiosity, hobby or new career.. lettering is great fun and interesting.  I will help you get started and make steady progress with true signwriting skills.

It is crucial the first touch of the brush to panel is positive and for sure I will make your first step in the journey of signwriting a really confident one.

Welcome to our NGS Signsmith courses.

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Course 1:  An Intro to lettering

Showing how to set out a sign panel and letter it professionally. But there’s much more to it… and a lot of it is really simple logical stuff which will take you to the next level wherever you are.

You will get straight into look n learn technique sessions that will describe how to flow out the difficult segments and eat the easy.  It’s fun especially when you see progress at every stage.

Crucially you will learn:

What not to do!  Sounds obvious but a lot of writers use frankly odd techniques that add fatigue.

Application and using the brush or quill:  The crucial X factor of mix and application for letter segments.

Breathing and flowing out the work – again it sounds logical but once you learn how to relax the whole process becomes one big joy.

More skills on the day.

  • Specking out a job – pitfalls and what really counts
  • Font structure – London fonts and general rules
  • Practice the strokes – this is it!! We’ll play with paint together
  • Hand drawing – a great excuse to get out and about for some live sign analysis and letter sketching
  • Lettering flow – the twists and turns and how to get it right easily… yep easily.
  • Best Materials: fine tuning mixtures, colour mixing and brush care

COMIN’ Up! –

London Sign-smith course and a look at Retro Pub Gilding

Start time 9.30am – 5pm  – bring a friend for 20% discount 🙂

This course will run two themes.

Part 1:  Tradesman secrets – an intro to the Sign-smith painting skills

  • Specking out a job – pitfalls and what really counts
  • Font structure – London fonts and general rules
  • Practice the strokes – this is it!! We’ll play with paint together
  • Hand drawing – a great excuse to get out and about for some live sign analysis and letter sketching
  • Lettering flow – the twists and turns and how to get it right easily… yep easily.
  • Best Materials: fine tuning mixtures, colour mixing and brush care

Cost 135.00

Fab lunch included

The studio is at 140 Sydenham Road London SE26 5JZ

Class starts at 9.30- 12.30.  Then 1.30 – 5.00pm

Nearest station Overground Sydenham.

Equipment

I have brushes and materials.

We have tracing pad A3 or A4 (from Ryman’s)

And drawing pad of similar size – pencils, ruler and rubber.

We will get painting after an introduction and drawing session.

ARTICLE  –  WAYS OF LETTERING   http://www.nickgarrettsignwriter.com/ways-of-lettering/

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COMING UP!! NGS Course 2:  Master Gilder – Learn how to gild fine letters

Having mastered the fundaments of lettering now we learn to apply the amazing ”Gold leaf”

  • Oil Gilding – the complete process
  • Water Gilding – onto glass known as Burnished Gold Leaf or Verre Eglomise
  • Satin/Matt gilding
  • Outlining techniques
  • Colour mastery
  • Varnishing and special enamel mixtures

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51 Linear letter formation

Bonnie Lovely painting her first sign

 Stroke play

I Like Gill

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Life is Amazing

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Understand the Pure Form of Gill Sans and traditional London Block.

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 NGS Sign Smith Handbook 2014.4

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