Aged handpainted signs for
The National Trust

The National Trust in Manchester contacted us requiring some signs for an exhibition. They requested that they were hand painted and to look old. We sent them some pictures of other aged signs we’ve created and they sent a few examples of what they had in mind. Because they wanted the signs to look old, we decided to draw it all by hand, rather then using a computer, we sent them the sketches and they were approved.
The boards for the signs were made up with frames all from timber, we then used water based paint for the background and an oil based matt enamel for the signwriting. Some of the signs, will be sanded as a final process to replicate wear and make them look even older.
All communication has been done on the phone and via email, we will deliver the finished signs to Manchester. This was the first job we’ve done for The National Trust and hopefully there will be more.


After chatting to Mark about what we needed and sending through some images of signs I liked, Mark understood exactly what we were looking for. I left the design and colour scheme to Mark. After sending through initial sketches, Mark promptly adjusted the designs to feedback and delivered the finished product a day early. The signs are fantastic, and feedback from visitors at the installation has been very positive.

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Sean – Gardener in Residence: Manchester, The National Trust