Copenhagen Signs Workshop

2 Days of basic Hand Lettering, Sign Painting and Brush Lettering

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Lauridsen Skilte at Rentemestervej 62, 2400 København Nv

Both days 10 am - 6 pm with 1 hour lunch break.

Coffee, tea and snacks included. Lunch is not included.


Sign painting and lettering workshop - All included: DKK 2.500 or € 340 

20% discount for students, seniors and internationals

(This price is for the CPH workshop only)

Write an email to for booking and further details on payment.

The workshop will take place in spacious environment, so we're able to keep a distance.
Masks, hand sanitizer and gloves are available. We have limitations to keep the number of participants low.
If the workshop is cancelled due to Corona restrictions, you'll be able to move your reservation to an upcoming workshop or get a full refund.


The workshops are in English



16-17 January - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 Copenhagen (DK)

Paris - TBA

Athens - TBA

Madrid - TBA



Sign painting workshop with Jakob Engberg - Founder of Copenhagen Signs

In this 2 day workshop you will get an introduction to the fundamental basics of hand lettering, brush lettering and sign painting. You will learn how to construct letters from scratch, how to write with a brush and get some rules for layout and shading. 

The class will start with a presentation on sign painting, hand lettering and the tools we will be working with. With a pencil and a ruler we start drawing basic block letters and later the option of adding different elements such as serifs, shading and curves to the letterforms. Based on your personal level I will teach you how to make hand lettering easy and fun to work with.

I will then give you an introduction to the brush and the mahl stick and we will start practicing the basic strokes. These basic strokes are fundamental in order to paint your lettering, and will give you an understanding of how the brush and the paint works.
Afterwards we start painting casual lettering. This will give you an insight in how the brush shapes the letters in a single stroke. You can then combine the different styles in your design.

After practicing lettering with both the pencil and the brush, you can either create a layout to paint, a single letter or focus on making a full alphabet of your choice. We will work on heavy weight paper for the work you can bring home.

We will talk about the different tools and techniques for sign painting and gold leaf, brush maintenance and enamel paint. I will recommend literature on lettering and sign painting and help you find inspiration of your interest. I will demonstrate how to use the pouncing technique to transfer your design to different surfaces. You will also get a few secret tips and tricks of the trade!

The workshop is suitable for both beginners and for those who want to improve their skills. All the tools and materials are included, but wear clothes for painting! 


 Always hand painted, keeping the craft alive!

Jakob Engberg (38) - founder of Copenhagen Signs, has a background as a graphic designer and been working with printing, photography and graffiti among other fields of creative work, before finishing his apprenticeship as a sign maker in 2015, graduating with a medal.
After a period of working with contemporary sign techniques as wells as screen printing, gold leaf and hand painted signs for highly renowned sign companies in Denmark, he later chose to put all his focus into traditional hand painted signs.

He is now one of the few full time sign painters in Denmark. Working with custom lettering, gold leaf and traditional sign writing, as well as mural art and typographic design.

Exploring letterforms with his unique approach meanwhile honoring the old techniques,  Jakob are well established on the international scene of lettering artists and sign painters. In 2018/19 his lettering artworks were part of group exhibitions in Copenhagen, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

With a substantial knowledge in graphic design and contemporary sign making techniques, he acknowledge the advantages and quality of hand painted signs and is working towards maintaining the craft of sign painting. Attending Letterhead Meets, networking internationally and sharing his knowledge through social media platforms is a part of his ambition of keeping the art of the hand painted sign alive.

Besides his daily work as a sign painter, he is teaching lettering workshops all around the world and frequently giving talks about his work at Typography and Graphic Design Festivals such as Torino Graphic Days (IT), Typetersburg (RU), We Love Graphic Design (DK) and TypoFest (BG). Jakob was a member of the jury at TypeParis18 (FR).

His lettering art is featured in several publications, among some the "Hand Style Lettering" book published by Victionary.
Jakob is the author to the award winning book “Danske Skilte” (Danish Signs) published 2018 by