Search found 231 matches

by BruceJackson
Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Keeping your water size warm
Replies: 12
Views: 3791

Re: Keeping your water size warm

I feel that the quality of the gold leaf is a big factor too. I remember doing a large window sign many years ago where I started with the an old book of gold, then continued the work using recently purchased books. The color of the gold was the same, but the texture was very different. In fact, the...
by BruceJackson
Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Article in national sign magazine about our firm
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Re: Article in national sign magazine about our firm

great to see and read. I would be proud of an article like that too. Yes, i translated all the text in sections and read it all....The translation is not perfect, but it conveys the meaning very well. I didn't know you had those family connections in your business. Did I read that correctly?...four ...
by BruceJackson
Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Went to Ireland last week end
Replies: 6
Views: 1553

Re: Went to Ireland last week end

Hi Anthony, Just wanted to let you know I've enjoyed looking through the photos. thanks for posting. I had previously looked through them, but this time I realized one of the Jameson mirrors is almost identical (will have to compare side by side) to a mirror in Sydney that one of my clients brought ...
by BruceJackson
Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?
Replies: 17
Views: 6412

Re: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?

that's a very nice looking piece William. Lovely choice of colors Thanks for the link Ingrid. I was aware of it's existence but haven't used this material either. I hadn't taken much notice of it before, but I want to get some now, because it looks like a really useful material. I feel that it may b...
by BruceJackson
Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Golds That Glisten
Replies: 34
Views: 9621

Re: Golds That Glisten

warm? not exactly...the weather here is really quite strange lately. Unseasonably wet. We have suffered 10 years of drought with water storage levels getting extremely low. To the point that for the last couple of years it has been illegal to water gardens, wash cars, fill swimming pools, etc. Anoth...
by BruceJackson
Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Golds That Glisten
Replies: 34
Views: 9621

Re: Golds That Glisten

Thanks Dave, It is all hand-done. I don't use screen printing at all. I'm not trying to be a purist or anything, it's just that screen printing is something I never got around to getting set up for. Even using masks to apply outlines prior to gilding is something I only started at the request of WDI...
by BruceJackson
Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Golds That Glisten
Replies: 34
Views: 9621

Re: Golds That Glisten

Just want to add my praise. It's very enjoyable seeing it come together. It's very much a Dave Smith design...over the top, complex and tight, but it's a feast for the eyes for that very reason. I used to disagree with people when they would say "less is more"...I can appreciate clean minimal design...
by BruceJackson
Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:05 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Web site help
Replies: 6
Views: 1598

Re: Web site help

I agree. Looks better and cleaner without it.

Thanks for the reminder of your site too....Looks like you've got some new picture i haven't seen before. Will have to have a full look through.
by BruceJackson
Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes
Replies: 6
Views: 2361

Re: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes

Nice art deco design on that one. I love the way Stationery is written, even though it's a little rough in the quality of execution when you look closely. The circle has a small painting of some books. Unfortunately I don't have a close-up but this is a crop from another photo more directly in front...
by BruceJackson
Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes
Replies: 6
Views: 2361

Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes

I thought it was time to take you back into sign history again.

Here's a small selection from Clunes, a Victorian country town with a gold mining past, some really nice old signs and unrestored shopfronts.
by BruceJackson
Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: A little test
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: A little test

A couple of tips Lars, 1. When picking up the gold, you actually don't want static. It is the oil in your hair that is effective in picking up the leaf. You can apply a little oil of some oily type of cream to you hair (or back of your hand) to make it work better. Don't rub the gilder's tip vigorou...
by BruceJackson
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?
Replies: 17
Views: 6412

Re: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?

hat kind of leaves are those? Was it brighter in real life? The cool "tie-dye" pattern is the settled out pigment, right? 23 carat gold. yes, it's brighter in real life, but it's not mirror-finish...Adding ink (or anything else) to the water-size kills the reflectivity, but it is still a nice satin...
by BruceJackson
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Help Identifing a tecinque
Replies: 7
Views: 2638

Re: Help Identifing a tecinque

Anthony, he was deep carving. Also, he didn't fill it with resin, just enough to give it a good thick coating. It still felt dimensional. If you just do the surface it's not as dramatic. With plenty of depth to the sand-blasting, it looked more like a casting. Burning the screen is when you expose i...
by BruceJackson
Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Help Identifing a tecinque
Replies: 7
Views: 2638

Re: Help Identifing a tecinque

I'm still curious for more info Pat. Making the screen with rubylith i understand, but what next? I'm assuming you use the screen to print on a bitumen resist, and then do an acid etch. right? But there seems to be two levels of depth...the main area as one level, and the line work seems to be deepe...
by BruceJackson
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?
Replies: 17
Views: 6412

Re: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?

You can tint the water size. I have done this using a pigmented ink (not the dye-type) as I expect it will be less prone to fading. It's a very pretty effect because the ink accentuates the texture of the gold. It doesn't have the same look as a layer of colour glaze backed up with metal or the colo...
by BruceJackson
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?
Replies: 17
Views: 6412

Re: Is there an alternative for goldleaf?

David, I have Japanese coloured silver leaf. Not from that company, but from from Hakuza.com It doesn't burnish to a bright reflective finish. The leaf is tinted with dye and also coated with some kind of polymer to prevent it from tarnishing. The resin coating is very thin, but it's enough to preve...
by BruceJackson
Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: L'art pour L'art
Replies: 44
Views: 13864

Re: L'art pour L'art

Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. He has no further claim to be considered as an artist." Larry...brilliant last line......
by BruceJackson
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: L'art pour L'art
Replies: 44
Views: 13864

Re: L'art pour L'art

Wow, Erik, that's really impressive. I wasn't aware you had been working on these all this time. There's a lot of different techniques in it, all of them well-executed. I appreciate and agree with your comments about taking the artform beyond the confines of advertising or the limitations of yestery...
by BruceJackson
Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: First Attempt
Replies: 13
Views: 4295

Re: First Attempt

I can't help but take the bait.... If Apple made an ibrush, it would look pretty, but would only work with ipaint, which you could only buy from from an ipaintshop. As for hair...squirrel is softer. It strokes nicely but it flops with a full load of paint. Sable, whether it be either Kolinsky, Chine...
by BruceJackson
Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: a few shorpy picture finds
Replies: 9
Views: 2586

Re: a few shorpy picture finds

thanks...I think. This is such a great time waster...so many eye-popping signs...and other things to study. Among my fav's - 7039 - the amazing shopfront "mode" building (http://www.shorpy.com/node/5190 - 6 years later) 6822 - the beautifully lettered posters for the theatre. 5880 -clean, elegant ca...
by BruceJackson
Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:12 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: First Attempt
Replies: 13
Views: 4295

Re: First Attempt

not bad for a first go. Good on you. I suggest practicing basic strokes as a first stage....just do a whole lot of strokes...verticals, horizontals, diagonals, and half-circle curves, both left and right. The aim is to get a clean, even line of consistent width. The next stage is practicing corners....
by BruceJackson
Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Requesting insight on some vintage brushes.
Replies: 6
Views: 2545

Re: Requesting insight on some vintage brushes.

Nice find. You're guess would be correct about the quills. They are lining quills. These are called flats, because all the hairs are the same length. They have a fixed width and you choose the size you want for a particular stripe. This type of lining brush was more popular in Britain and it's colon...
by BruceJackson
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Problem with Paint
Replies: 11
Views: 4643

Re: The Problem with Paint

Just thought I'd add a little extra info, especially with the talk of various resins, "cashew" and lacquers. I'm not familiar with some of these traditional Japanese finishes, so I'm not sure exactly what's going on with them. By the way, "Japan" as a paint, is just a term...doesn't mean much on it'...
by BruceJackson
Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Problem with Paint
Replies: 11
Views: 4643

Re: The Problem with Paint

Hi Erik....hahaha... Asking basic questions is the wisest way to learn. Your comment reminds of that old saying. "There are no stupid questions..." As for Japan paints...someone else should probably answer this, because it is a term that means different things to different people. As an Australian, ...
by BruceJackson
Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Problem with Paint
Replies: 11
Views: 4643

Re: The Problem with Paint

First, I want to second the comment on iso-cyanates. These are typically found in most polyurethanes paints (usually automotive type paints) are they are to be given a good deal of respect. Don't use them unless you have read the MSDS and the safety instructions and understand the implications of ex...
by BruceJackson
Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: precursor to LED signs
Replies: 12
Views: 4334

Re: precursor to LED signs

Doug, and other misty-eyed nostalgia tragics, I have a book recommendation for you. The palace of signs: Memories of hard times and high times in the Great Depression By: Smith, Keith - published by Pan Macmillan, 1991 It may be hard to get in USA. I saw one on A...com for $80 which is pretty expens...
by BruceJackson
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bruce Jackson's photo archive 10 - Benny's butcher
Replies: 4
Views: 2001

Re: Bruce Jackson's photo archive 10 - Benny's butcher

it's not quite as orange in the other photos I've got. It would just be gold size with a drop of colour added. You can see the matt areas are gold-size applied before it was water-gilded. Well, it's just more of that, but tinted. It's a glaze, so you can see the gold coming through. Often Asphaltum ...
by BruceJackson
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Blending behind glass problems
Replies: 15
Views: 5945

Re: Blending behind glass problems

it's just that your paint layer is too thick. The only solution is to keep it a bit thinner. Unless of course, you had some recently applied paint already down and then worked another layer on top of it. If this is the case, next time, leave the oil out of your first layer, put in a drop of drier, a...
by BruceJackson
Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: precursor to LED signs
Replies: 12
Views: 4334

Re: precursor to LED signs

Yes, Doug...The stone work on that building is pretty amazing. I'd love to see it directly in front. How's the size of the arched entrance. What a building. I just picked up something else...the sign on the left for C.P.Stanley Cigars...Judging by the reflection, it looks like glass, and you can see...
by BruceJackson
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: precursor to LED signs
Replies: 12
Views: 4334

Re: precursor to LED signs

I love these photos. On the MISFIT sign, you can clearly see the bright outline of the G at the end of "clothing". In light of my previous post (number 9) on the glass panels used on a verandah, this looks like the same type of thing. That's makes two examples. The other thing I note which you rarel...