Saturday, 20 December 2014

Volkswagen / Hotrod related signs

Well the VW season is well and truly over, so that means there are no more shows or events to attend and write reviews about for this season, so for a final post this year I thought I would share with my readers my evening pastime during the long cold winter, my sign writing / making activities. I know I have posted a few sign related posts in the past  but I thought I would put all my recent signs together in one big post. The signs I make are all my own work and made in my spare time, sometimes made to order on commission, and sometimes just for fun and for something to do. They are as you would expect either Volkswagen or Hot rod themed, although I can produce most fonts and styles. I have included a wide variety of signs that I have recently made to show the type of things I can produce.

This sign was produced for the 'Oil Droppers'
workshop in October 2013 to help advertise
their business. The customer chose the font
and font colour and also all the wording. The
size is 40.5" x 24"

This 'Office' sign was also produced for the
Oil Droppers and hangs on their office door.
A bit tongue in cheek fun sign with the 'We
accept cash' bottom line.

This 'Empi Equipped' sign in made from a
piece of 12" x 12" 3mm birch ply, sanded down
and produced using only a pencil and a
permanent marker pen.

Another sign made in the same 3mm ply and
using the pencil / permanent marker pen

In November 2013 I produced another sign,
this time an 'Entrance' sign for the Oil Droppers
workshop. It is made from 6mm ply and is
very formal and informative to create a good
impression for the customers business.

I had an abundance of 3mm ply left over from
when I made a new headliner for my bay, so
I have used the left over wood to make these
fun signs.This sign is 30" x 7.5" This is another
pencil / marker pen sign, they are so quick and
easy to produce but look really good.

More signs made for the Oil Droppers work-
shop. A Mr. Bobble head sign on 3mm ply
with with additional wording 'Oil Droppers'
and 'Volkswagen' and a fun sign painted onto
a rusty old saw. Check out how I produced the
saw by clicking on the November 2013 entry
in 'My Blog Archive'

The bobble head family, with the additional
wording 'Approved Garage' and 'Volkswagen'.

A fun double sided hanging sign in the shape
of a big spanner, designed to be hung up in
 the workshop. The overall size is 42" x 11"

Reverse side of the double sided sign, with
different wording.

A pair of Empi signs, made on more 3mm ply
and made just for fun. Any colour choice is

28" x 3" 'Classic Auto Body Shop' sign painted
straight onto the board in a classic old looking

This 'Bobblehead family' sign was made for
friends of mine, Simon and Amanda who have
2 children, a cat and a dog. Amanda asked
for 'Beware of the kids' wording to be added.

This Mr. Chumley Warner sign is quick and
easy to produce. I only used a pencil and a
permanent marker pen straight onto the
board. Although these are designed for interior
use, I could always add a coat of varnish so they
could be hung outside.

This sign was produced in the same way as
the one above. The size is 12" x 10"

More wording on a rusty saw, I thinned down
the paint on this sign to make it look old. I did
rub off the stabilo pencil lines after taking this
photo, but this photo allows you to see how I
space the letters to ensure they are equally

This 'My way - Highway' sign had the paint
thinned down, then the sign was rubbed down
to make it look old.

Another pencil and permanent marker pen
sign is this Mr. Singent Smythe character.
This would make a fun sign for a child's
bedroom, maybe something like ' Dean's
bedroom, keep out!'

This sign is designed for members of our club,
The Outcast VW Club. I reversed the drawing
just for a change.

These signs can have any wording of your

You could have 'My other car is an Early Bay
/ Beetle / Split Screen / Beach Buggy /T4 /T5

Reversed drawing of the Mr. Singent Smythe
design but with different wording.

This 'STP' sign was made from a piece of
scrap 3mm board, 8.5" x 5.5" and painted
using acrylic paints.

A 'RAT' sign, again aged to look old. I liked this
one so much I have put it on the dash in my
bay window, as it suits my bus perfectly!

A painted fun sign, It's nice to make something
different once in a while. I did use the eraser to
remove the pencil lines that I had drawn to
ensure the wording was straight.

Various painted signs, 38.5" x 3" 'Volkswagen
Boulevard' 11" x 4" 'Edelbrock' and a 12" x
12" 'Moon'sign, again all made on 3mm ply.

Just to show what the Volkswagen Boulevard
sign looks like when hung up.

'Mr. Horsepower' the Clay Smith Cams logo,
painted straight over a pencil design onto
sanded down board using acrylic paint.

Again another piece of scrap board, 10" x 4"
with permanent marker pen lettering over a
painted base.
I made this sign for Elliott, a good mate of
mine as a way of a thank you because every
time I posted pictures of my signs on face book,
he always posted complements and positive
comments. As you can tell, Elliott owns a 1970
Beetle, named Loreen. Thanks Elliott.
This sign was made for the local indoor karting
track and made well over 10 years ago. It is
about 6' x 5' and designed to remind the would
be Formula 1 drivers how to use the pedals
whilst in the kart.
I made this sign for my mate Malcolm who lives
in Germany for his Laurel & Hardy collection.
The size of this sign is 43" x 23", you can see
how I produced this sign in my May 2014 blog
Another sign I produced for Malcolm was this
8ft long by 10" high Laurel & Hardy sign. Check
out my blog entry for February 2014 to see how
I created this sign.
Another double sided sign in a 1950's style
and ready to be hung on the back of a
glazed door, the size is 12"x 5"
These fun hand held signs were made for a
friend of mine, Steve who owns 'Swale
Photography'. Steve was attending a super
hero convention and wanted some fun signs
his customers could hold whilst having their
photo taken.

More signs for Swale Photography, these were
designed to direct the public to Steve's photo

This large sign was made in 4 piece's for easy
transportation and again made for Steve at his
super hero convention photo shoot. This was
so enjoyable to make as it had so many different
fonts to paint, see how I made this sign by clicking
on the September 2014 blog entry.

So that is a small insight into my evening
activities during the long cold winter months.
I might have a commission for a sign for a local
 company called 'Cushty n Retro' owned by friends
of mine Simon and Amanda, which I should be
starting soon and I'm sure I'll post a blog entry on
how I produced their sign. Come the Spring /
Summer, and once the VW season starts again I'll
be out in the bus visiting all the VW shows, and
posting reviews of these shows / events, and any-
thing else I get up to in my 1969 VW Microbus.

If you want to see plenty more reviews on other
VW shows and events, you can find them all in
'My Blog Archive' to the top left of this page. Simply
click on an arrow next to a particular year, then
click on an arrow for a particular month and this
will give you a drop down menu for all my
blog entries for that month.

So now there is just one more thing to add..
I hope all my readers have a very merry Christmas
and I wish you all a Happy New Year.


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