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by Mike Jackson
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: SignCraft is online now: Check out this video tutorial
Replies: 0
Views: 283

SignCraft is online now: Check out this video tutorial

The November/December issue marked the end of the print version of SignCraft Magazine. Covid-19 pushed them into a tough decision. Besides all of the free information already on www.signcraft.com , you can now subscribe to new online content and view it on your computer, phone, or pad. Over around 3...
by Mike Jackson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Annoucements
Topic: Forum Donations
Replies: 2
Views: 1801

Re: Forum Donations

Hi all, I was responsible for paying the fees to Network Solutions for many years. They charge $100 for each SSL certificate (2 required) plus yearly domain registrations (2 required) and Web Site hosting (2 required). Occasionally, we had to pay a programmer to tweak and fix the sites. It's easy to...
by Mike Jackson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Vintage Bicycle "Badges"
Replies: 2
Views: 3571

Vintage Bicycle "Badges"

I bought an old rusty bicycle at a garage sale today. It had a "Liberty" emblem on it. I did some searches for the company on the Internet and later found the nice page of vintage designs:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/411375747185878721/

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: may switch from pc to mac...
Replies: 2
Views: 3626

Re: may switch from pc to mac...

Just stay with Corel if you are used to it:

https://www.coreldraw.com/en/product/co ... s-included

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Annoucements
Topic: Danny Baronian in the Hospital
Replies: 8
Views: 6357

Danny Baronian in the Hospital

Hi Gang, Just a quick note to let you know Danny is in the hospital again after a relapse of his kidney cancer. I talked to him a while on the phone and he sounded pretty good considering the situation. I asked if he would be home for Christmas and he wasn't sure. His daughter, Amanda, is home with ...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sign Painter in the Washington DC area?
Replies: 1
Views: 3368

Sign Painter in the Washington DC area?

I received this by email.... Hello friends, I am looking for a traditional sign painter in the Washington DC area. We have a historic public market that has continuously operated since the early 1880s, when it was established. The inside merchants are looking for a traditional sign painter to do the...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: just to let you know...
Replies: 3
Views: 2611

Re: just to let you know...

Hi all, The Denver Letterheads exhausted their treasury last year, so we are on our own again. I have been the primary administrator on this site for 14 years and Danny Baronian has been helping in the background (a lot). We are in the process of handing the reins to Danny, including setting up the ...
by Mike Jackson
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Colortones Paint Formula Book
Replies: 5
Views: 3233

Re: Colortones Paint Formula Book

John, the old Colortones booklet was different than a PMS booklet. Colortones included paint mixing formulas to match PMS colors. We had one at the old shop, but I am sure it stayed in a drawer when we sold the shop 22 years ago!
by Mike Jackson
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?
Replies: 18
Views: 11687

Re: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?

Forums like this one are perfect for storing a wealth of information. Unlike some of the social media sites, the information is still available to anyone interested it, and by adding a post into the thread, it returns to the main page. I would encourage anyone to resurrect any old post that interest...
by Mike Jackson
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: does size matter ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3255

Re: does size matter ?

Craig,
You should be able to chip small areas with no problems...easily down to area as small as your fingernails.

This page might help:
http://theletterheads.com/2014/04/18/gl ... formation/
by Mike Jackson
Fri May 05, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?
Replies: 18
Views: 11687

Re: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?

It's always fun to see the old posts come back to the front page. Actually, I like NOT seeing my name on the forum quite so much because that means others are posting a lot. Janice, there are quite a few lady sign makers around. I hope you are the catalyst that helps them get involved. Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Oklahoma Bash: October 1982
Replies: 2
Views: 2121

Re: Oklahoma Bash: October 1982

Hi Doug,
Mike Stevens was there, but the person you are probably talking about did caricatures. Somewhere in all of my stuff, I have a card with signatures from the event.
by Mike Jackson
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Doug Bernhardt_Retired?!
Replies: 7
Views: 7314

Re: Doug Bernhardt_Retired?!

I'd like to think this is April 1st and this is an April Fool's Joke!

Maybe Doug will now have more time and will fill this Forum with photos of his work, tips, techniques, and so forth.
by Mike Jackson
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Hand Lettering Gallery
Topic: Posting Photos on this 2017 Forum...
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: posting photos...

Full sized photos from a digital camera or iPhone are way too large for the web and must be resized. The phpBB software does not automatically resize them like Facebook. I n the earlier version of this Forum, we had the maximum file size limited to 750 pixels. I increased it recently to closer to 20...
by Mike Jackson
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Hand Lettering Gallery
Topic: Posting Photos on this 2017 Forum...
Replies: 1
Views: 4454

Re: posting photos...

Full sized photos from a digital camera or iPhone are way too large for the web and must be resized. The phpBB software does not automatically resize them like Facebook. I n the earlier version of this Forum, we had the maximum file size limited to 750 pixels. I increased it recently to closer to 20...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Cleveland Signs
Replies: 5
Views: 2744

Re: Cleveland Signs

Alan, thanks for posting these photos. (You'll note that the images will post in the orientation you stored them on your computer) My favorite image is the Air Conditioned bowling alley sign. The person that painted it was very good with a brush. You can tell it was just an everyday sign for him, bu...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Getting Involved
Replies: 1
Views: 1631

Re: Getting Involved

Hi Janice, Wow! That's an ambitious project for someone learning! It sounds like you are doing a lot of tests, and if I hadn't read that, it would have been my suggestion. You mentioned using some vinyl in the project. You'll need to be careful because paint usually peels off vinyl over time. In oth...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: SILVER LEAF WINDOW
Replies: 3
Views: 2499

Re: SILVER LEAF WINDOW

Very nice!

And...thanks for posting the photo. Keep 'em coming!
by Mike Jackson
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Fast dry gold size
Replies: 4
Views: 2865

Re: Fast dry gold size

Robert...that's a really good question and I will be anxious to read what others say. Personally, I wouldn't use it and would opt for the tried and true oil sizes.
by Mike Jackson
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Letter to Painters: John Ohnimus 1906
Replies: 3
Views: 3932

Re: Letter to Painters: John Ohnimus 1906

As of today, there are 70 pages of posts with 50 on a page on the Hand Lettering Forum. Try clicking on page 70, then page 69 and find an old post that interests you. If you see something, add to the comments and it will bump that old post all the way to the front page. Here's one from 2004...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Annoucements
Topic: Get Involved in the Hand Lettering Forum!!!!!!!
Replies: 0
Views: 5057

Get Involved in the Hand Lettering Forum!!!!!!!

Okay folks! With the support of the Denver Letterheads and several readers, we've been able to pay for the site for the rest of 2017 and pay a php developer to move the Hand Lettering Forum to the same server as www.TheLetterheads.com . We are still working on to make the registration captcha more &...
by Mike Jackson
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gold Rush Cigars
Replies: 0
Views: 5139

Gold Rush Cigars

GoldRuchCigars1400.jpg I made two or three of these panels and sent one to one of the Conclaves. One of them hangs on my office wall. Today, I was cleaning the sensors on my camera and did a few test shots. The glass piece made a good subject. It was terribly skewed—a result of me snapping the shot...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Letterhead Events
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: California Conclave 2000

Conclave 2000 2003-03-16-030751.jpg 2003-03-14-185220.jpg 2003-03-14-184725.jpg 2000-02-13-151506.jpg 2000-02-12-154648.jpg 2000-02-12-154636.jpg 2000-02-12-144701.jpg 2000-02-12-144538.jpg 2000-02-12-114155.jpg 2000-02-12-111453.jpg 2000-02-12-110611.jpg 2000-02-11-174132.jpg 2000-02-11-153801.jpg ...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 3472

Re: California Conclave 2000

Conclave 2000 2003-03-16-030751.jpg 2003-03-14-185220.jpg 2003-03-14-184725.jpg 2000-02-13-151506.jpg 2000-02-12-154648.jpg 2000-02-12-154636.jpg 2000-02-12-144701.jpg 2000-02-12-144538.jpg 2000-02-12-114155.jpg 2000-02-12-111453.jpg 2000-02-12-110611.jpg 2000-02-11-174132.jpg 2000-02-11-153801.jpg ...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Letterhead Events
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: California Conclave 2000

Rick Glawson and Esoteric Sign Supply 2003-03-16-031255.jpg 2003-03-16-031215.jpg 2003-03-16-031209.jpg 2003-03-16-031152.jpg 2003-03-11-052136.jpg 2003-03-11-051857.jpg 2003-03-11-051724.jpg 2003-03-11-051646.jpg 2000-07-14-203717.jpg 2000-02-13-141305.jpg 2000-02-11-135904.jpg 2000-02-11-111223.jp...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 3472

Re: California Conclave 2000

Rick Glawson and Esoteric Sign Supply 2003-03-16-031255.jpg 2003-03-16-031215.jpg 2003-03-16-031209.jpg 2003-03-16-031152.jpg 2003-03-11-052136.jpg 2003-03-11-051857.jpg 2003-03-11-051724.jpg 2003-03-11-051646.jpg 2000-07-14-203717.jpg 2000-02-13-141305.jpg 2000-02-11-135904.jpg 2000-02-11-111223.jp...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Letterhead Events
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 132

California Conclave 2000

Rick Glawson's California Conclave 2000 1999-01-01-070000.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-4.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-5.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-6.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-7.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-9.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-14.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-16.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-17.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-20.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 3472

California Conclave 2000

Rick Glawson's California Conclave 2000 1999-01-01-070000.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-4.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-5.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-6.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-7.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-9.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-14.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-16.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-17.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-20.JPG 1999-01-01-070000-...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New member, saying Hi and asking about a font
Replies: 3
Views: 2324

Re: New member, saying Hi and asking about a font

Neville, Until about 1982 or so, no one had much access to fonts of any kind, much less the ability to digitize our own artwork. If there is a piece of glass with a remaining image, you can put a piece of paper over it and rub across it with a crayon or graphite stick (make a rubbing). It will give ...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Desperate for info!
Replies: 3
Views: 2483

Re: Desperate for info!

Chris, The first thing I would question is how well you scrubbed the glass before beginning your project? No telling what kind of silicones, oils, and chemicals are in over the counter cleaners, like Windex. In the old days, Bon-Ami might have been enough, but I wonder if a quick rub with acetone an...