Gold & Metal Leaf

There’s a lot to consider when buying gold leaf, genuine or imitation, loose of transfer, thickness, etc. I’m going to try and break it down and make it a little easier! SizeEach book of genuine gold leaf contains 25 leaves…

Reverse Glass Gilding

I’m so excited to finally have a reverse glass gilding tutorial! Here at Handover, we get asked a lot about the process of reverse glass gilding, Jay Holland, more often known as Greater Opacity, has created this tutorial to de-mystify…

Surface Gilding and Directional Burnishing

Newcastle based Alex Richardson of Mango Signs has put together this brilliant tutorial on surface gilding and the wizardry of directional burnishing! Check out his video and instructions below, and to see more of Alex’s work, visit his Instagram here!…

A History of Handover

A History of Handover – link >

The 26 Letters

Following on from the success of the Sign Painters Academy, Paul Myerscough has released the 26 Letters series. Its a collection of real time videos that demonstate a huge range of techniques and allow you to see up close how…

Bill Barrowcliffe

A few months ago I received a wonderful photo of a customer with our brushmakers taken back in the late 70s / early 80s. On the far right is Mrs. Bald, and next to her, Anne (who is still making…

Jo Poulton - Paint School

Earlier this year I spent a great day with Jo Poulton at her studio in Chiswick for one of her woodgraining courses. Jo is a professional specialist decorator who also teaches decorative paint effects, gilding, woodgraining and Venetian plaster finishes…

Supplier Spotlight - Giusto Manetti Battiloro

A. S. Handover stock a range of gold leaf from numerous suppliers, but none have such a rich and longstanding history as Giusto Manetti Battiloro. Manetti gold leaf spans 15 generations and over 400 years, and to this day all…

The Sign Painters Academy

The Sign Painters Academy is an all-encompassing online sign painting course launched by Paul Myerscough of Bespoke Signs. It offers a thorough insight into the techniques and skills needed for a career in sign painting. Primarily video-based, you are able…