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…

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!…

Flower Painting Tutorial

Next in the customer created tutorials is traditional flower painting. I was lucky enough to meet Steph (and her excellent dog Blue) at the Norwich Letterheads hosted by Kieran Harper and Rizzo Studio. Steph is new to signwriting but has…

Pounce patterns

There are a number of ways to transfer a design, the traditional way is with a pouce pattern. This method requires the design be drawn to scale and then the lines are perferated by small dots using a pouce wheel….

1 Shot Tinting Black/White

The two 1 Shot tints have been specially developed for use with 1 Shot Lettering Enamels. The 4001 Tinting Black produces various shades of grey without streaking when added to 101L Lettering White, and 103L Polar White. It can also…

Crackle Effects

There are a number of products available that can be used to create a cracked effect for aging and for adding interest to pieces. Below is a rundown of products currently available through A. S Handover. Polyvine Crackle Glaze This…

Galphabetics

Back in October, alongside filling the UK with handpainted signs, the gal members of Alphabetics Anonymous, Hana Sunny Whaler and Mia Warner, found time to host an all-women sign painting event at Blue Shop cottage. I (Rachel from Handover HQ)…

Smith's Cream

1-Shot paints are well known and well loved but they also have a range of additives, one of which is Smith’s Cream. Smith’s Cream is a non-yellowing additive/glazing medium for enamel paint that improves brushability and has strong durability, making…

Alistair's search for the origin of the angled terminal

Today I received an email from Alistair Hall, who had noticed our metal lettering stencils have a very particular feature of an angle at the end of the letter. He has been trying to discover the origin of this distinct…

Letterheads 2018: London Calling

In planning since July 2017, Letterheads 2018: London Calling came and went far too quickly following the opening party on 15 August. Now that the dust has settled, the organising team present the following summary of what happened for all…

A History of Handover

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Signwriters: Leeds Meet-Up

We love looking at the highlights from a sign writer’s meet-up that took place last month at Light Space, Leeds. It’s always a pleasure to sponsor sign writing events that are full of talent and fun! Hosted by Kieran and the…

Gallery : Historical Printing Plates

Having a clear out of our brushmaking warehouse recently, we came across these fantastic printing plates. The box they were in simply said “Printer’s bookplates” so we guess they were used for printing a catalogue – possibly litho printed, but…