Sign painting with Animaux Circus @ Tate Britain

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sign painting at the Tate Britain?

Sophie appealed to twitter for some company to attend the Animaux Circus workshop and I jumped at the chance!

After a brief introduction to the collective (who I was familiar with after seeing them at Pick Me Up 2014) we discussed a few ideas for our signs. Being the indecisive person that I am, I didn’t know what I wanted to write but earlier in the day I was talking about my new house in the East of London with Sophie. She lives in West London and was saying that ‘West is best’. I said that ‘East is the new west’ and Rory from Animaux suggested ‘East is Beast’ (and it is a bit scary at night sometimes) so I went with that:

Sophie is a dab hand at sign painting (she painted the w*nker bat that I received from LSDT) so set herself a challenge!

I decided to paint half of my board for it’s background (spot the triangle):

Rory helped Sophie out drawing the tricky ‘R’ of her ‘Easy Riders’ sign whilst we asked him about Animaux Circus’ story.

…and then we got the paint out:

Silence = concentration!

Sophie showed off her skills by opting for a drop shadow:

Before the beast…

Bringing the beast to life (I added horns to him too):

Sophie’s awesome finished sign:

Can you tell she’s done this before?

Wood + typography + paint + brushes = Two happy creatives

I had a great time – it was lovely to catch up with Sophie and get creative with paints. I don’t have amazingly steady hands so I can’t say my sign looks that great up close but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s pride of place on the bookcase in our lounge for all of the East-enders to enjoy!

Animaux Circus are nice guys and do some awesome work – check them out and keep your eyes peeled for their next set of workshops! In the meantime from 17th – 27th July they are exhibiting some work at Lik Neon in Shoreditch – more details here (including something about free beer on the opening night)!

And remember, East is beast…


  • rosebudannie

    13/07/2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hey Natasha! Enjoyed reading your post, looks like a lot of fun, bet the Tate was lovely to work at! Hahah and I like East is Beast! Lots of good wishes for your new house!xxxx

    • graphiquefantastique

      13/07/2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Annie – so lovely of you to say! It was great fun and I’m going to hopefully practice my sign writing when I have some free time 🙂 xx

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