Building signage on masonry to write the building name above the entrance, as part of a restoration for a set of appartments/flats in Marylebone.
The clients chose an upper & lower case times new roman, which is a modern letter style compared with what would have been in place originally, but still a roman letter style, albeit a little bolder than a traditional trajan roman, which would’ve been more in keeping.
The lintle the sign writing was to be painted on, was set back from the porch roof & above a window, so it was made a little tricky positioning wise
It meant a few hours spent sitting cross legged to fit on the ledge, as it wasn’t possible to sign write from standing on the ladder.
Once the building signage layout is measured, centred & reliefed onto the lintle, the sign writing begins, using a sign writer quill brush made with pure hair.
The lines & shapes are built up & not simple painted in ‘one stroke’, as many would imagine.
The stepped surface made sign writing difficult to keep precise, so extra care was taken for each part of each letter on the stepped section.
A straight on image, shows how the sign writing had to look straight & neat despite the stepped part of the masonry.
The building signage Job completed with the 2nd word done. as can be seen both stepped sections done as neatly as possible to look straight when read from directly infront the building.
Fom my painting position, I was unable to step back & look at the job, just had to complete & adjust afterwards if needed.
The completed work. the building signage was measured to be the same width as the window below as well as the spacing between top & bottom edge of the sign writing being equal too.
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