Introduction to signwriting

Monday 2 November 2020

9.30am – 5pm

The course

A hands-on day to learn the basics of freehand brush lettering and sign writing.  Students will paint their own unique sign to take home.  The course is suitable for conservators, interior designers, artists, homeowners and those wanting a new hobby.


Tools and their care

Paint use

Basic brush skills

Paint control

Basic strokes leading to a block alphabet


Preparation – layout spacing design

Creating a panel of lettering to take away (personal name /house name/ number/alphabet)

The tutor

Wayne Osborne is one of the few traditional sign writers left in the world who hand paint signs. He has been trading as Osborne Signs in Midhurst, West Sussex, since 1994, providing all types of hand-written signs including hanging signs, shop fascias, company vehicles, exterior lettering, gold leaf, honours boards and many more.

For more information and a gallery of his work, visit:

Participant information

The course will be limited to 8 participants. Participants should wear old clothes or bring apron/overalls.

Fee and refreshment

£115 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and a light lunch. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


Please read out terms and conditions before booking.

If any of our courses are full and you would like to be added to a waiting list please email [email protected] or call 01243811021, we are sometimes able to arrange further course dates.