beginner hand lettering workshop

19 Nov

Sign-Painting-3Sign-Painting-1Sign-Painting-2Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie last June? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP Sign Arts, will be at Got Craft? hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used.

The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint


Beginner Hand Lettering Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 14th OR Sunday, December 15th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

update: workshop is sold out!


In 1965, John moved to Vancouver from California and over the next 17 years, he would find himself working in 7 different sign shops before opening up his own business in 1982. With the popularity of computers in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, John realized that he was doing less and less hand lettering and decided to sell his shop in the year 2000 and go back to strictly doing what he loves. BIG TOP Sign Arts was born specializing in hand lettering, gold leaf, and later on, pinstriping. Last September, he celebrated 50 years as a sign painter and looks forward to sharing his skills!

BIG TOP Sign Arts | PinHead Lounge (follow the stripe-o-dex to J) | Facebook

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie


8 Responses to “beginner hand lettering workshop”

  1. LanaBetty November 19, 2013 at 09:18 #

    This is the coolest workshop ever! We often take sign painting and hand lettering for granted, but it’s the dedication and determination of these amazingly talented artists we need to celebrate!

  2. Blue November 19, 2013 at 12:13 #

    Hello there, is this the highlight workshop for this december’s got craft? Will there be a letterpress workshop? :) Thanks!

    • lotus events November 19, 2013 at 13:26 #

      Hello! Yes, there will be a letterpress workshop hosted by District Dogs Design from 3-5pm on both Dec 14+15. We’ll be posting the registration details on the blog this Thursday! Cheers – Andrea

  3. Blue November 20, 2013 at 09:21 #

    Thank you Andrea!

  4. threeehearts December 3, 2013 at 14:41 #

    Hi there – I just saw the listing for this workshop and when I clicked to register it says that it has been closed. I’m assuming that this means that both days are sold out. Could you please confirm? And if so, is there a wait list at all? Thanks!

    • lotus events December 3, 2013 at 19:47 #


      Yes, the lettering workshop is sold out. I just updated the post. If you are interested in joining us for the letterpress workshop, space is still available on Sunday, December 15th. Thank you!


  5. misswhit December 3, 2013 at 14:44 #

    Hi there – I just saw this and went to register but it says it is now closed. I’m assuming that this is because it’s sold out. Can you please confirm? And if so, is there a wait list at all? Thanks!

    • lotus events December 3, 2013 at 19:48 #

      Please email us at info (at) gotcraft (dot) com with your name and number if you wish to be added to the wait list! Cheers!

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