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