The Work of a Sign Painter

Signs, whether big or small, are placed all over the streets for the sole intent of dispersing information. These signs may be handwritten, painted or electronically made. Many of these signs are usually painted and Sign painters or sign writers are the craftsmen who create such painted signs.

It may seem that a sign painter's task in creating a painted sign is an easy piece of cake. However, is it not always as simple as it sounds. With the use of freehand, stencils, silk screen and other methods he designs, builds and varnish different signs for various applications in business advertisements. Aside from the brush, some of the materials and tools; Sign painters may utilize are spray guns, saws and canvas. The signs he creates are then displayed on distinct surfaces like brick walls, metal cars and trucks, wood platforms, plastic bulletin boards, and on sports fields.

What's more, these craftsman also designs lettering, figures and patterns. They may paint from plain backgrounds to intricate and detailed outlines, which are necessary in creating big and small signs. In details, a their duties encompass meeting with the client where the latter's requirements for the signage is discussed. Soon after he uses existing designs or possibly create original layouts. Then the sign painter prepares the needed materials so he may start painting logos, graphics and messages on surfaces. There are instances that signs are to be painted outside, so this means extra hard work on the part of the painter. To properly perform their tasks in sign writing, these craftsman must be at ease while working with paintings, glues, and varnish; he must also be apt in blending or mixing together thinners, primers and dyes. Particular safety measures must be taken as harmful chemicals are present in painting materials to which a sign painter is exposed to.

To do all these, the qualities necessary for sign painting are a pair of steady hands, a keen eye for composition, and the ability to work with a number of tools in addition to creativity, accuracy, precision, thoughtfulness and ability to follow directions so he may produce outputs that are interesting, impressive and relays the exact message.

A sign painters may work as a free lancer or establish their own business. However, there are other industries and employment that a they may choose to belong such as in sign shops, advertising firm or designing companies where he may work along with a team of sign makers, designers and other painters. Television companies, theater and film corporations may also require have job openings and positions available for sign painters. Work areas where a sign painter may do his jobs may be in studios, workshops, outdoors or on-site. Typically sign painters work on regular hours but there are times when works are due soon enough that they may work for longer hours or during weekends.

If the sign painter owns his own business, other responsibilities are upon his shoulder such as accounting, contacting client and advertising. Additionally, a sign writing businesses may expand their services by learning other trades of sign making that includes neon, wrought iron and electronic or computer assisted method of making signs.