Back by popular demand!

Coming in 2015

Andy Russell’s sign writing and decoration courses.

Feed back from some of the attendees on our last signwriting and decoration course.

Martin - Swansong Too

Superb 2 day course, would recommend to everybody, so much achieved.

Greg-Middlewich Narrowboats

Andy, thank you so much.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It turned out to be one of those completely immersive courses that take you in and spit you out the otherside a different person! Wonderful experience, highly informative, hugely generous, everyone on the course made great achievements.
Thanks again.

Janette-Jannel Cruisers.

Fantastic 2 days, thanks so much for your patience.

Lindsay Mills.

Brilliant! loved it. Andy, you're a great teacher. Printed hand outs of alphabets to take home would be good for reference, other than that a little bit of theory to do with brushes, paints,lettering. Great 2 days.Thank you.

Thank you for your feedback. I will definitely be taking your comments on board. I will send you copies of worksheets when they are up and running. Andy.


Really enjoyed the course.Thanks.


Brilliant and very good. Wonderful help and plenty to do and learn. Not enough time. Would like to learn more next time.
Superb tuition and good humour-lots of help, reminders and a really good balance of watching and trying for ourselves. Beautiful materials, colours and pre prepared boards-much bigger than i'd hoped for. Printed hand outs listing suppliers would be great. Thank you.

Thank you for your comments. When I have done printed hand outs, I will send you copies if you could let me have your email address. Thanks Andy.

Sign Writing Course.

Signwriting imageThis is an opportunity to explore the traditional art of signwriting. Andy will cover The basics, such as choosing brushes, colours and paint, taking care of your brushes, using the mahl stick and looking at the different styles and designs of lettering. The practical tuition will involve setting out the lettering, brush skills, the careful appliance of the paint and shadowing techniques. Everyone will create a sign to take home.

Decoration Course.

Decoration ImageThis is an opportunity to explore the art of Narrowboat decoration. Andy will cover the basics such as the history of decoration, choosing brushes, paint, colours and exploring the different designs, for example roses, castles, flowers etc. The practical tuition will involve setting out your individual design, choosing colours, ordering of application and the careful appliance of the paint. Every person will be able to take their own decoration home.

Thess two day courses will take place in Nantwich at Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina, The Outlands, Church Minshull, CW5 6DX.

Course details as follows:-

£200.00 per person per course.
Numbers limited to 10 people.

Sat 31st Jan/Sun 1st Feb 2015 (Signwriting).

Sat 21st/Sun 22nd March 2015 (Signwriting).

Sat 30th/Sun 31st May 2015 (Signwriting).

Sat 11th/Sun 12th July 2015 (Decoration).

Sat 5th/Sun 6th Sept 2015 (Signwriting).

10.00am - 4.00pm

Please bring your own refreshments, or funds for the nearby cafe.


For more information please telephone Carol on 01625 850853 or 07947338700.
Please mail us the details requested below and send your deposit of £25.00 per person per course to, 37 Barnaby Road, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1LR. Make all cheques payable to Totally Trad Signs LTD. For your convenience you can now pay your deposit and/or the full course fee via the paypal links on this page. Please email us at with your details and any queries.


In your mail please supply us with the following details:-

How many places you would like and on which course.

The Name(s) of the people wishing to attend the course.

Your contact telephone number(s) and your address.

Course Prices