Basic Block Lettering Workshop

Beginner's Signwriting Course

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“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 panel using traditional block lettering.

These classes are kept to a minimum of 8 people to allow one on one time with me.

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What you will learn
  • 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
  • Design and mark out a simple sign panel ready to signwrite
  • We look at the process of embellishing your letters to create a three dimensional word using colour and shade.
What you will get
  • 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.
Parking Info

Street Parking

What to bring
  • A sense of humour and an old apron as we will be using paint
  • Please bring your own lunch - there is a fridge to store your food.
  • Tea, Coffee, Water available throughout the day
What to wear

Casual old clothing and wear comfortable shoes as we will be standing

Appropriate for

This is a fun and interactive course about lettering to suit all levels. • Beginners welcome • Artists and Graphic Designers • Tattoo Artists • Lettering enthusiasts


The Brush & Pen Design Studio

Vendor since 2019

In 1980, at the age of 20, Liane became one of only a few female sign writing apprentices winning the highest honour of Top Apprentice for Queensland.

Working in her Father’s business, Barker Signs, as an apprentice and later as partner, Liane learnt the foundational skills of signwriting as well as a business acumen that has offered her a lifelong career in Signage and Design.

With a career spanning 30 years in the sign and design industry, Liane has embraced both traditional and digital technologies in her work which has been received over the years with great satisfaction from her clients.

Liane recently returned to her traditional skillset of creating hand painted signage for clients wanting a unique point of difference to showcase their brand and was proud to be involved in the signwriting of the recently refurbished iconic Burleigh Pavilion situated on the rocks at Burleigh Heads Beach.

Liane’s sign work has been showcased internationally in Chicago (2017) and London (2018) where she was the only Australian Signwriter to be featured in both shows. She was fortunate to connect and work with other innovative and creative traditional signwriters on a trip around the world in 2018. It was during these travels she witnessed a resurgence of traditional hand painted signage in UK, Ireland, Europe and USA and people wanting to learn the craft.

Liane started The Brush & Pen Design Studio in January 2017 offering customised traditional signwriting and gold leaf signage as well as signwriting/lettering workshops from her home-based studio in Gordon Park.

In 2019 The Brush & Pen Design Studio is proud to offer students the choice of 6-week night classes over a 6-week term and weekend one day and two-day workshops.


“Liane is a brilliant teacher and awesome mentor. 

My skills and knowledge have improved exponentially in the time 

I’ve been learning from her. She teaches you the foundations 

so you can build all other skills from there.”

Rosalie H, QLD

“Fantastic hands on workshop!

Finished the workshop with a beautiful sign to take home. 

Highly recommended this workshop with great teacher 

who has loads of industry experience!”

Anna Y, QLD

“Great patience and guidance went from zero experience

to doing first panel no worries, loved it.”

Rastra L, QLD

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Note: Refunds are not available for term classes/or courses, if you are unable to attend, (written advice and reason required) your enrolment can be transferred to another term or course.

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Terms & Conditions

Intellectual Property Rights 

Unless otherwise indicated, all copyright and other intellectual property rights in all information, text, graphics, images, logos, trade marks and other resource materials provided during these courses/workshops remain the property of The Brush & Pen Design Studio.

You are prohibited from reproducing in full or extracts of all course content provided by The Brush & Pen Design Studio by way of printing, downloading to a hard disk or for the purposes of distribution to other individuals. No reproduction of any part of our courses/workshops may be sold or distributed for commercial gain nor shall it be modified or incorporated in any other work, publication or website.

The Brush & Pen Design Studio reserves all its rights to enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.

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