Ben Jones designs: Heavenly Bodies Bridal

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By Ben Jones

Earlier this week I mentioned that a logo I had designed for one of my clients, Heavenly Bodies Bridal, was going to be hand painted onto their new shop front, by the talented Nick Garrett.

We had originally hoped that I would pop down to film the process, but unfortunately, I was unable to make it down to the store for the time of painting. So there is no video, boo ūüė¶

I do have a photo however! yay!

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photo curtesy of Nick Garrett – pilfered from his website

I think you will all agree, it looks VERY tasty!

You can check out more of Nicks work here: www.nickgarrettsignwriter.com

 

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Master craftsman Dan Seese: Colorado Sign, Glass, gilder and creative decorator

The genius of Dan Seese: Sign, Glass, gilder and creative decorator

Every so often one bumps into simply astonishing people on the net…

Just the other day I chanced upon US (Colorado) based Dan Seese http://www.danseesestudios.com, and extraordinary craftsman with a huge passion for not only what he does, but for what others do around him.

Talking to Dan was different though… here was a bloke absolutely brimming with ideas and knowledge that I felt a strong kinship toward – like I felt toward Dave Smith. It’s a¬†brethren¬†thing we all cherish.

Sign writing and gilding is making a revival because of the peripheral knowledge and sightings of Dan’s beautiful workmanship and others like him.

His work is alive!

In this article he describes how to create the illusion (and reality) of frosted glass. Now while I don’t normally promote the use of vinyl screens and treatments, I read on and found his understanding of the materials and hand cutting made the difference in both aesthetic design and client satisfaction.

Enjoy

Nick Garrett NGS

OBSCURE GLASS: SHINE ON, HARVEST MOON

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012 AT 9:45PM

Sometimes a project calls for concealing the view through a window. There are a number of ways to create obscure-glass, always driven by the needs of the situation.  A solid sandblasted panel allows the light to come through but nothing can be seen on the other side of the glass.

Glue chipping creates beautiful random patterns in the glass which maintain some clarity but which distort the light so that everything is blurred.

Ashaded etching will have gradations of clear and etched areas Рsimilar to airbrushing.

All of these options can be done in the studio and later installed, but when an existing window needs to be obscured on-location, the options are limited – especially if completely replacing the window is not in the budget.

On several occasions I’ve found that applying a¬†transluscent vinyl film¬†which simulates etched glass to be a perfect solution.

Obscure Glass: Mr. Moonlight, using “etched glass” films

Recently I had a client who wanted the window in the master bathroom to be fully obscured. The window beside the tub looked out onto the private deck of the home, but it was completely clear, providing no privacy without drawing the shade. ¬†Together we established a theme and I created a¬†playful drawing, inspired in part by a moon face in a children’s story book. The end result gave the bathroom a whimsical ambiance allowing plenty of light during the day and no need to draw the shades at night.

I covered the entire glass with 3m “Dusted Crystal” film and then, after cutting the illustration out of 3m “Frosted Crystal” film, I applied it as a second layer. ¬†I combined both computer-aided cutting with my plotter, as well as hand cutting.

The main caveat in this method is that I try to round corners and also instruct the customer to take care when cleaning the surface so as not to catch the corners on the design elements and cause it to lift. 

This application is obviously not the same as if you were to permanently alter the glass through more traditional methods, but over the years I’ve found it to be an appropriate approach to creating obscure glass where the situation calls for it.

Some previous projects with similar treatment: 

Obscure Glass: Etched film on window above bath tub

Obscure Glass: Etched film on entryway window

Dan Seese Studios, Inc.

3830 Capitol Dive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

970.226.0618

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THE HISTORIC METHOD OF ENHANCING A SIGN WITH GOLD LEAF AND SMALT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012 AT 10:40AM

 

Antique sign Рgold leaf & smalts (click image to enlarge)

Recently, historic restoration specialist Tom Tisthammer of¬†Wattle & Daub Contractors¬†was showing me his collection of¬†antique signs, drawing my attention to one of his favorites – a sign with an “aggregate” background. As I examined this little gem, an office-building sign identifying the¬†“Acousticon Neumeyer Company”,¬†I saw that it was a prime example of …

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Huey Morgan and the Fun Lovin Criminals

Huey Morgan

 

Huey Morgan plays Jools Halland with a cool mix of NYC cruisy RnB..

… you know my guitar sounds best straight with a nice stack overdrive or clean… feel it and the guitar will give you it all

 

Huey is currently to be found chillin in his latest venture with his crew members aka Ami James Miami Ink at Love Hate Social Club Notting Hill.

A Conversation about popular colours and pro design

    • About popular colours and pro design

    • Mentoring a painted accessories producer about¬†the importance of¬†delivering client centred design/products.
      Blue Strokes - Pennellate di Blu
    • Today’s chat
    • Nick Garrett

      Background colours for Painted Accessories

      Hi… just some feedback¬†regarding¬†painted decorative product.. when I was working in similar product manufacture we would set out¬†the exhibition with¬†really ultra bright coloured items that caught the eye and attracted the customer… but then the buyers would actually buy the white pieces: whites creams ivory and pale greys… the buying trend stayed the same for 15 years. The most saleable colour was antique white/cream. Much to our creative disappointment! N

      Attraction colours are Yellows, Turquoise, Red
      Selling colours: Soft antique whites

    • Paola G – ¬†Painted product creative

      I know Nick, I love dark background but I find it difficult to put these items in a modern house. I can’t decide if I want to paint what I like or if I shall shift to something more saleable. Hard choice

    • Nick Garrett

      By making the product fit client choice we are making a good business plan and decision.

      I helped a company recently set up a frozen yoghurt shop in London.

      During the summer the went well… now in winter they face closure… Why? They didn’t create product range that the client will want all year round! Because they had this romantic notion of starting a business based on their personal¬†vison¬†and not sound market research.

      Choice between successful prod and personal favourites. Not a hard choice if you see yourself as a creative professional..

      I say to clients … get yr graphic design done and I’ll¬†signwrite¬†it simply because I have to deliver profit quickly and the graphic design phase takes too long and slows down my production time…

       

      I love creative graphic design BUT the choice is very clear… go for the commercial choice and start to gain empowerment from SALE SUCCESS along with empowerment from yr own creative positive development.

      We as creatives must always remember to aim at WHAT THE CLIENT WANTS… That is what brings designers and clients together.

      Often a client will buy a cream painted tray and basket and call you two weeks later to decorate a whole bedroom set with cabinets and bed frame…

      Selling takes you into peoples lives and creates more opportunity.

      Then we can enjoy the fruits.

      Go for it.

       

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Nick Garrett Traditional Sign Writer – About

Traditional Sign Writer Nick Garrett – About

This website will show what I do, what I am currently working on and detail on how I do it…

If you are looking for visually¬†stunning traditional signwriting, you may have just found the solution… here is my complete¬†Traditional London based UK wide sign service, made genuinely by hand – since 1981.

As part of my service, start-up or up-and-running, I can assist you with logo re-creation, sign design, colour schemes and layout options.  

My 30 years signage experience will really help you spot best visual solutions and keep you on time and inside budget.

I provide the complete bespoke professional smart service, which includes vectorised digital scanning, plotted layouts and finally detailed and painted by hand, replicating exactly the logo you require Рwith the added traditional character you can only get from the sign artists brush.

My clients include leading retailers, architects and design agencies who often require faithful brand reproduction and innovative creative typeface design.  See my testimonials.

On the creative design side I am happy assisting new ideas and design concepts for

  • your original typographic design

  • minimalist modern layouts

  • vintage retro designs

  • distressed lettering and surfaces

  • bespoke murals and graphics


Vintage Contemporary

Tradition mean old school? ¬†In some ways yes… I certainly believe providing you with a top quality service, with great communication however our designs range from both Traditional, Retro and Modern.

Above:  Retro sign-writing for Ted Baker

Client Care

I take care preserving your ideas while assisting your project throughout the production process, working closely with your concept… ensuring things run smoothly. If needed I can enhance the concept and fine tune layouts as part of my service.

 

If you need any input, samples or advice feel free to contact me.

Nick Garrett

NGS 20 Ivymount Road, London, SE27ONB, United Kingdom

+44 (0)7831173396  +393281518426

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Traditional Sign-Writing – Nick Garrett

Traditional Sign-Writing – Nick Garrett

This website will show what I do, what I am currently working on and detail on how I do it…

If you are looking for visually¬†stunning traditional signwriting, you may have just found the solution… here is my complete¬†Traditional London based UK wide sign service, made genuinely by hand – since 1981.

As part of my service, start-up or up-and-running, I can assist you with logo re-creation, sign design, colour schemes and layout options.  

My 30 years signage experience will really help you spot best visual solutions and keep you on time and inside budget.

I provide the complete bespoke professional smart service, which includes vectorised digital scanning, plotted layouts and finally detailed and painted by hand, replicating exactly the logo you require Рwith the added traditional character you can only get from the sign artists brush.

My clients include leading retailers, architects and design agencies who often require faithful brand reproduction and innovative creative typeface design.  See my testimonials.

On the creative design side I am happy assisting new ideas and design concepts for

  • your original typographic design

  • minimalist modern layouts

  • vintage retro designs

  • distressed lettering and surfaces

  • bespoke murals and graphics


Vintage Contemporary

Tradition mean old school? ¬†In some ways yes… I certainly believe providing you with a top quality service, with great communication however our designs range from both Traditional, Retro and Modern.

Above:  Retro sign-writing for Ted Baker

Client Care

I take care preserving your ideas while assisting your project throughout the production process, working closely with your concept… ensuring things run smoothly. If needed I can enhance the concept and fine tune layouts as part of my service.

If you need any input, samples or advice feel free to contact me.

Nick Garrett

NGS 20 Ivymount Road, London, SE27ONB, United Kingdom

+44 (0)7831173396  +393281518426

Case Histories    Testimonials    Blog   Gallery   Quality Charter

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