Simple Sign Painting: Hand Paint your House Number

Kelly Spencer, Letterer and Illustrator

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7 Videos (23m)
    • Welcome

    • Research

    • Materials

    • Sketching the design

    • Transferring the artwork

    • Painting

    • Finished!


About This Class

This skillshare class is designed to give students an introduction to the world of traditional sign painting.

Hand painted signs have experienced a recent resurgence in popularity as society begins to feel overly digital and stifled by the lack of authenticly and lovingly human-made products.

I've been working as a freelance illustrator and designer for 7 years now, and in the last 3 years have come to focus heavilly on hand lettering and sign painting. In this class i'll share with you my process to design and create your own simple hand painted sign.

I'll take you step by step through:

  • Research
  • Materials
  • Tracing
  • Sketching
  • Painting


32 of 33 students recommendSee All

Great Class. I love to see hand work that has personalization that isn't often seen anymore due to so many people buying vinyl cutters and having no experience with colors and fonts. This Was Awesome.
Great overview how to create a hand lettered sign for about anything...not just you house number... Loved it!
Love how well you use the liner brush. You're right, it does take practice. That's my be comfortable with the liner brush ;) Thanks Kelly!
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Finding Joy in Art





Kelly Spencer

Letterer and Illustrator


I'm Kelly. I'm a full time freelance letterer, illustrator, designer and general creative adventuress based in New Zealands capital city - Wellington. I've been operating as a freelancer since 2011, and am lucky to share a studio workspace with 8 other local creative freelancers in central Wellington.

I'm self taught in my chosen fields, and where there's been a few instances that a formal education could've cut down some wasted hours of frustration, it goes to show that you can totally do it on your own with enough passion and commitment. And yes, I still manage to socialize and buy coffee.

The majority of my work is lettering orientated these days, from gig posters and promotional material to larger scale outdoor comissioned murals. I love my job.