Signwriting - traditional

This is a rare opportunity to learn the basics of a skill that is rapidly coming back into fashion, having been replaced by computer cut plastic signage in the 1980s.  If there is enough demand, we will also run courses for improvers.

Click on Wayne's name above to see more about him.


  • The mahl stick
  • Brushes & how to look after them
  • Paint dippers & palettes
  • Thinning paint
  • Basic brush control & strokes
  • Italic brush strokes
  • Layout designs
  • Shading
  • The pounce wheel


Comments from participants:

Excellent day.  Wayne is a brilliant teacher, it was good to be able to make something and take it away on the day.  Food is excellent too, especially polenta cake!  Thank you.

I've had a fantastic day, met lovely people, learned even more than I thought I would.  Wayne's a great teacher, very informative and entertaining.  The venue, food, company was agreat.  I'll be recommending this to everyone.  I came from Brighton this morning and will be very glad to do so again.  Many thanks, Chris

Loved the style Wayne brought to the class.  I felt confident to try my own attempts thanks to his clear directions and encouragement.

Fantastic course, ideal surroundings, wonderful food and Wayne!  Many thanks.

Very hands on and loads of tips - an excellent course.  LdeM

A very nice day and I hope to return at some time.  Thank you.  Good location map to find you.  I wonder what the access is like in bad weather?  [It's not a problem!  Ed.]  GH

Great course – simple, practical and de-mystified the subject.  I feel ready to go and learn now.  Great food too, thanks.  Giles S



Wayne Tanswell
Tuesday, 12 March, 2013

Times9.30 - 4.30


What to Bring

Old clothes or overalls.

Strong shoes and warm socks.