Hand painted pub signs 2021-11-29T11:46:08+00:00

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the Hare hand painted pub sign exterior Hand painted pub signs by Brushmark signs Yorkshire. Traditional craft skills, made to order & national delivery available.

Pub signs are more than a decorative form of promotion, for hundreds of years the British pub sign has been a national treasure. Pubs & inns in the towns and countryside have been focal points for both locals and visitors.

The hand painted sign for the White Swan (above) is part of the restoration taking place of this historic pub & hotel in Hunmanby near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The sign is double sided and measures 4ft by 3ft. The large iron bracket was custom made.

The pub sign remains a crucial part of the heritage and history of a public house. A unique, attractive and eye catching sign offers a golden opportunity to communicate something of interest and quality.



Creative design, traditional hand painted art and craftsmanship.

Often the critical first impression, your sign is an opportunity to convey the unique quality of your business. Whether your aim is to tempt passing trade to step in and experience your warm welcome or you want to stand out as a unique venue for weddings and functions, a hand painted sign will speak volumes about your attention to detail.

As each sign is individually designed and crafted, special touches can be are added to make it as eye catching and appealing as possible. Pub & hotel signs were traditionally designed to tell a story, often including visual puns or puzzles. For example, because of the link between the monarch and mute swans, a small symbol of a crown was added to the reverse of the sign for the White Swan, a great local pub quiz question!

The hand painted door way sign on the left is being held by some of the guys at the fabulous Whitby Brewery. “In the shadow of Whitby Abbey” it is well worth a visit and very popular with locals and visitors.

Founder and Head Brewer Richard Wells (far left) wanted new signage for the brewery that was hand painted and crafted. The brewery is close to the cliff tops and the weather can be fierce. The finished signs were sealed with two coats of clear yacht varnish front and back, a bevelled edged tongue and groove sturdy trim with mitred edges was fixed and then treated. Colour coded silicon was also applied to the edges before fixing.

Hand_painted_pub_door_signsadded_valuesmlBrushmark Signs also offer licence options to use the finished design for branding & marketing. This includes options for use with print & online marketing plus other opportunities such as merchandise, vehicle branding and product packaging.

This option means the finished sign can be digitally reproduced & supplied to you in various sizes and resolutions, ready to be edited or used directly in print & online. Further details including pricing are available on request.

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Brushmark signs & sign maker in Scarborough & Hand painted wall sign for white swanthroughout North Yorkshire, including Whitby, Bridlington, Filey, Robin Hoods Bay, Pickering, Malton, York, Helmsley and surrounding villages & towns. If you would like to discuss a hand painted sign for your business, pub, brewery, hotel, farm, stable cafe and more, contact Brushmark signs Scarborough  mark@brushmarksigns.uk


If you are further afield, it is not a problem; initial design work can be progressed and approved by email. Once the final hand painted sign is complete, insured courier services are available for scheduled delivery. Please get in touch to discuss your signwriting and decorative sign needs.

snow_cattleConstruction and weatherproofing

Each sign is painted on either exterior or marine grade plywood.
Two coats of preservative are painted followed by two coats of undercoat & two coats of exterior top coat, six coats in all prior to painting the sign itself.

Professional sign writing paints plus exterior colour paint are used followed by two coats of exterior clear varnish or yacht varnish for weather protection. Protecting the edges of the wood is crucial. Heavy duty tongue and groove edging for a tight fit with a good overlap is added with mitred edges. The trim is fitted with both exterior wood screws and extrHand painted pub signs for horse & swana strong glue. Finally, the weather trim is treated and painted.

Brushmark signs work with specialist fabricators & custom made heavy duty brackets can be made to order.


Creative ideas & layout

Fonts and colour

Concepts and themes


Applying colour plus light and shade effects

Finished sign

All hand painted and crafted