Hobbies Fine Arts & Crafts How to Do Brush Lettering to Sign Your Paintings Share PINTEREST Email Print Fine Arts & Crafts Painting Techniques Basics Lessons & Tutorials Supplies Drawing & Sketching Arts & Crafts By Marion Boddy-Evans Marion Boddy-Evans is an artist living on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. She has written for art magazines blogs, edited how-to art titles, and co-authored travel books. our editorial process Marion Boddy-Evans Updated March 11, 2018 When it comes to the lettering for your signature on a painting, we think its time for a specialist brush called a rigger. This is a brush with long hairs that is designed to give narrow lines while holding sufficient paint so you don't have to reload it for each letter. 01 of 04 The Best Brush for Signing a Painting Marion Boddy-Evans It's worth spending the money on a top-quality one. You want it to retain its shape, the hairs to keep a sharp point so you're painting a line with a consistent width. For the brush have a bounce in the hairs that make it respond to a flick of your fingers. You don't want the hairs to splay out every which way giving squiggly lines. Get a narrow rigger rather than a bigger one. It's easier to get a fatter line by using the side of the brush (rather than only the tip) on a small brush than it is to get a fine line using only the tip of a bigger brush. 02 of 04 How to Hold a Rigger Brush Marion Boddy-Evans You want fine control over a rigger brush, but you don't want to strangle it. Put your hand above from the ferrule and balance it in your fingers, rather than grip it tightly and anxiously near the hairs. If the painting is dry, you can steady your hand by resting your little finger on the surface. Be really sure the paint is thoroughly dry, and that your hands are clean because it's all too easy to inadvertently spread paint around by doing this. Your attention is focused on the lettering and you don't notice the paint on your finger until it's too late! A mahl stick was invented for a reason (or use your other arm as a mahl stick). 03 of 04 How to Brush Capital Letters Marion Boddy-Evans Capital letters are the easiest as you can create most of them as a sequence of short, straight lines. Touch the tip of the brush to the surface, turn your wrist slightly in the direction you want the line to go to move the brush across the surface, then lift off. For a curve, such as you'll need for a B, move the brush in your fingers. Start by touching the brush to the surface, then twirl your fingers in a curve or semi-circle, and lift off.If you lift the brush up as you head towards the end of the line, you'll get a line that narrows. With a little practice, you'll instinctively flick up the brush to end a line.Watch out for pausing when you start and stop, as you can end up with a blob of paint. You can see examples of this on the U and Z. 04 of 04 How to Brush Small Letters Marion Boddy-Evans Small letters, or lower case, aren't complicated shapes to create with a brush either. Though more do involve a curve or semi-circle, which isn't quite as easy to do as a straight line. Put the tip of the brush onto the paper, then swoop it around with a flick of your fingers. The hardest part is to do it the exact size you intended.