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Block & Casual Lettering


[2 DAYS]

“To me sign painting is a way of life…and a most fascinating way!  Work to me is always a pleasure” EC Matthews – Sign Painting Course 1954


Join me for a 2 day fun filled interactive workshop where you will be introduced to the fundamentals of signwriting and given professional hands-on tuition. I am a fully qualified professional signwriter and graphic designer with over 30 years’ experience in the sign and design industry.


Learn the basic techniques of layout and brush control to create your own unique hand lettered sign using traditional block lettering.

These classes are kept to a minimum of 4-5 people to allow one on one time with me.


Liane Barker,  Signwriter & Graphic Designer


Who can do the course?


This is a fun and interactive course about lettering to suit all levels. Gain skills you will have for life. You will learn that your eye is the best judge and tool you will ever possess.

  • Beginners welcome

  • Artists and Graphic Designers

  • Tattoo Artists

  • Lettering enthusiasts


What’s included: 


Paper, pencils, brushes, mahl sticks, paint and pre-prepared sign panel, work sheets and tuition from a qualified signwriter of thirty-five years.


What you will need to bring: 


A sense of humour, an old apron or old clothes (as we will be using paint) as well as comfortable shoes.

Morning Tea with fresh fruit, Juice, Water, Coffee & Tea - please bring your own lunch - there is a fridge to store your food.


There will be signwriting brushes, equipment and paint for sale during the workshop for practice at home.


Class Times: 


Classes start at 10am – 4pm   Saturday & Sunday   

Please arrive at least 15 mins prior to class to settle into your workspace.

Join me for 2 full days of hands-on experience where you will meet new friends and leave with a new found skill.


Day One

  • A brief intro to hand painted signs

  • Introduction to basic block layout principals and marking out

  • Learn how to construct basic block lettering using pencil on large sheets of paper following the principals and rules of height, width and spacing.

  • Keystrokes and basic letter construction using a signwriting brush

  • After mastering marking out block lettering, we move onto learning the basic brush strokes that make up a block letter. Plenty of hands on fun as you learn to create each stroke using a brush and mahl stick (a supportive stick to rest  your hand whilst lettering)

  • Design and mark out a simple sign panel ready to signwrite

  • This is the fun part. Liane will demonstrate a couple of designs you can use then guide you through the process of marking out your own unique sign panel ready to signwrite on day two. We look at the process of embellishing your letters to create a three dimensional word using colour and shade.


Day Two

  • Fun and interactive hands on Signwriting learning experience where you will spend the day lettering, laughing and shading your own unique sign panel to take with you.

  • A lovely gift for someone special or simply something great to hang on your own wall.


Total Cost:  $398 per person (includes all materials)


Book your place today……Class numbers fill fast!

Note: There are no refunds on this course - should you be unwell or have a family matter to attend (notification to be in writing via email) which stops you from attending the course you will be transferred to the next available workshop 


Full payment required at time of booking.

Payment plans and student discounts available upon request.

Email for details.


Liane Barker

Trade Qualified Signwriter, Graphic Designer, Visual Artist, Prop & Costume Maker