Balgillo Nurseries Painted Signs

Painted signs in Dundee, for Balgillo Nurseries. Two appear at the entrance of their Ardler Village nursery.

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6m painted panels fixed beside the nursery’s entrance

Balgillo Nurseries are an independent and forward thinking business. Helping to nurture the children at such an important age. Young minds are enriched by learning through play and engaging in outdoor activities.

Pamela and Kim, the nursery’s owners promote this message at their largest nursery.

Adding the new sign

One large painted sign already at the entrance was complemented with a similar sign fixed to a new fence. The newest message reads Learning Through Play.

The first of the fence signs were designed, painted and installed as part of a mural project I embarked on in 2019. Balgillo Nurseries supported the mural project. Pamela and Kim provided me with two exterior canvases at separate nurseries.

To add interest and grab attention, the words in the messages are intertwined. To begin with, the first sign read Healthy Mind Happy Environment. This message promotes the importance of a safe and trusted space.

A new fence at the Ardler nursery presented an opportunity for another artwork. A design inspired by mini beasts and letterforms was created. However, it was decided that pairing the original design would better communicate the values of Balgillo Nurseries.

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LEARNING was drawn to intertwine with the casual script

Painting and lettering

Bright spring colours and Balgillo Bear appeared again on the painted signs. Colours were mixed to match the original. Aluminium composite panels were ordered. And a pounce pattern was made to transfer the artwork to the three 8′ by 4′ panels.

Once the three panels were painted to a high gloss finish, it was time to add the lettering. Over several days and many coats, the lettering and illustrations were painted by hand. All made to last in sunny Dundee’s climate.

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Bright colours in the nursery’s garden

Installing the fence signs

The three adjoining panels measure approximately seven and a half metres. Each sign was counter sunk and screw fixed through the face before over stickers were applied. The over stickers were then painted to the matching background colour to help disguise the fixings.

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The nursery’s original painted sign

Looking at the busy street in front of the nursery, the signs are admired by many passers by. Situated next to a primary school, the signs serve the nursery by promoting its values and attracting new clients.

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