Having hashed about trying to paint text freehand, I finally succumbed and went and studied traditional signwriting. I learnt how to measure and use a balancing stick thing and the jazzy long paintbrushes proper professionals use, and then I couldn't afford the proper paint so I started using old gloss paint mixed with enamel and making it up as I went along, still some nice results!

All signs are painted on found wood in gloss and enamel paint. £20 - £80ish,