Let’s Design, Draw and Paint Great Letters.


September raining letters !! NGS Signwriting training 003

… You could just have found creative freedom

Yo Ho Ho!! Seasonal Greetings to all and 10% January weekender sale price for our Courses book in the next week! 

NGS Xmas pressie +10% off Starting from midnight on the January Course!

Saturday Sunday Weekender

Fees are now just 275.00 for the weekend inc materials.

Long Weekend

Friday eve start –  Sat, Sun, Monday Fees 450.00




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You’ll learn loads about type and brush control!!




Super cool Shades and classic Romans


funky casuals 



Course Times:  

Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm

Sunday 10am – 5.30pm

(We often run over)

NGS Unit 205 Regent House Business Centre, 291 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD

If you need any additional info just call or email Nick – back to you by return. If you can’t make this date join our mailing list.


+44 (0) 7960113799




PIXELS FOR PAINT – can I really paint letters?


Dreams and ambition weaken chains and set you free – so the answer is definitely a yes.

If you’re really feeling it at work, home or uni and are intrigued by signwriting, the next move might just involve some paint, attitude and serious personal style. The seeds are down… just add a brush.

Important to know that even a complete beginner comes into the studio with no pre-set ideas or skills and but the end of the weekend they can paint sharp letters and know how to create layouts – I see it all the time and it’s what this course structure is about. With a little dedicated practice anyone can take up this art and make a decent living.

Dedicated to the students needs

Your Instructor: NICK GARRETT




If you can’t make it to this meet, we’ll keep you posted via our mailing list on events and workshops coming up.  For more info re courses call Nick on +44 (0) 7960113799 or contact NGS by email nick@nickgarrettsignwriter.com


‘M’ for Mechanics

The most important thing I’ve learnt… problem avoidance.

Once you understand how preparation is far more important than any amount of so called ‘talent’, you’re on track to open the way for solid learning and good professional practice.

”So much of this art is all about nuts and bolts – it really is. How to set up a sheet in the wind on site, dead level. How to load the brush – how to clean and trim it. How to make your site kit safe. How to chalk down. How to post-letter clean up… how to warm up, start the day’s writing with a clear run and logical easy entry point. How to pace yourself over the day, or year one”

These are all essential project strategies that anyone can learn. Firstly they make you execute work in an organised way. Secondly they allow you to attack the day always from the point of strength. Sound strategy that gives you a professional edge.

Mind clear, solid mechanics (technique), job done.

When it goes pear shaped it also teaches you how to trust yourself, grind it out, take breaks, dig deep and make it happen.



Josh Stika, Vincent Priz, Nick Garrett in the Signsmith’s den.

A Course for all - practical and creative


You will need a journal – I have freebie note booklets for you.

Drawing letters component

A drawing practice to include an hour of solid block letter drafting.

Design and Spacing

A new method adding a better spacing system and sound design mechanics.

Morning Talk Talk

Defining Tradition – can it survive the modern world?

Painting Letters

Understand the brush and how it plays from pallet to letter.  Clean shape formation, crisp finishing, honed technique…

  • Heads-up Sign project set-up.
  • Set up practice – how to tackle cold weather, wind and rain.  
  • Set up practice – Which tapes work and which fail.
  • The secret of super hot Brush skills – spend focused time on the priceless skill builders. Learn the NGS sharpening skills.
  • Painting great letters – techniques and styles you will learn:
    • Brush and Kit care  –  how to clean and preserve great brushes
    • Drawing and trace practice  –  analysing structure of blocks and Romans
    • Brush skills development sets  –  specific NGS refinement practices
    • Dom Casual USA style  –  understanding the brush sequences
    • Block/Roman  –  developing the essential skills
    • Casual Script – Boston and S American style characteristics
    • Shades  –  how to mix and blend flowing shades

    A fabulous weekend planned again to keep the brush loaded and get you all rolling.

  • Finish 5.30pm  17.30hrs

    For all levels – all materials inc.

Book your place now

January 12-13-14-5 2017



If you need any additional info just let me know.  Please forward any questions and I will get back to you by return.

Nick Garrett



NGS Unit 205 Regent House Business Centre, 291 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QD