Fancy Letters – 3rd to 6th May 2021

Virtual courses with Joby Carter

Now with our NEW recordings sent to you after the course.

Join Joby for this series of four, one-hour fifteen minute live sessions from his paint shop where you will be taught about how to draw fancy letters.

Joby will be demonstrating traditional skills and expert tips that are usually passed down through the generations.

Mon 3rd  – Thurs 6th May 2021, 18:00 – 19:15 (UK time)


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Do you have an interest in signwriting fancy letters?

Join Joby for a series of four virtual sessions broadcasted live plus our all NEW recordings that will be sent to you for you to refer back to.

Each of these sessions will be one hour fifteen minutes long Joby will be demonstrating traditional skills and sharing expert tips which have been passed down through generations of signwriters.

This course is intended for those with a basic knowledge of lettering, don’t be lured in before knowing the basics, we do encourage you to have a go at Learn about Letters before hand. However, this course is open to anyone who would like to get to grips with beautiful traditional techniques

This virtual course will cover:

  • Block Lettering
  • The 3D effect
  • Understanding Shadows
  • Blending
  • Bevelled Lettering
  • Colour Combinations
  • and so much more

This is a unique chance to hear Joby share some of his signwriting expertise, normally reserved for students on his one-day and five-day signwriting courses. To aid you during this course you will need to have a writing instrument and some paper at the ready, some scissors and an old cereal box / thin cardboard are also needed.

During the course Joby holds an auction for you, the course attendees; providing you with the opportunity to buy some of his work whilst supporting the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice; a charity based near to the fairs winter quarters in White Waltham. The charity provides an invaluable hospice service to children in the community and their families, 100% of the auction proceeds are donated to the charity with you donating straight to them. Over the past 4 years Carters have raised over £40,000.00 for the charity and we are delighted to be able to continue to do this.

In his 28 years as a signwriter and fairground artist, Joby has gained extensive knowledge of fancy lettering. His work on Carters Steam Fair provides him with an unusual opportunity to use fancy lettering styles in his everyday work, leaving him with an ability to produce accurate blocks and shadows on letters – a skill that often eludes people, even some professional signwriters.

These days, when many people are turning to digital software, or use tapes, vinyls and masking, Joby remains true to the craft which hasn’t changed over the centuries. He will teach you traditional ways of working that span well over 100 years, and is passionate about keeping the traditional skill of signwriting and brush-painted fairground art alive. And he loves sharing his knowledge with his students!

Joby learned his craft from Stan Wilkinson, continuing a signwriting lineage that spans five generations. Stan Wilkinson was apprentice to Mr Giles, who had been trained by his father, who in turn was trained by his father before him, an in-house signwriter for Hovis in Basingstoke during the Victorian era.

Virtual Session Access

Access to the virtual sessions are via Zoom, you will need to follow the link in your booking confirmation email to access the meeting.

Course sales will close when we sell out or just before the first session of the course begins.

Next steps

When you place your order you will be emailed an e-ticket, which is your course booking confirmation.


There are a limited number of places on each course. If you visit this page and there is no option to add to basket, then all upcoming dates are sold out. We will release tickets for new course dates on this page soon. You can see our other courses here.