london fields shoppe :: brush lettering workshop

Studiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0012WEB10304971_10152830526788011_668516811190609380_nStudiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0005WEB10462407_10152830526688011_1047665841227428487_nWe’ll be kicking off our do-it-yourself workshop series in April with a beginner brush lettering workshop by sign painter, John Lennig of BIG TOP Sign Arts. These sessions were super popular at Got Craft? and we’re excited to be hosting him at the shop. We aim to bring together a community that fosters handmade and a D.I.Y. culture and look forward to featuring hands-on workshops throughout the year. Looking to learn a new skill? We’ll be announcing more workshops soon!

Course description:
Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie at the Rio Theatre? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP SIGN ARTS, will be 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 Brush Lettering Workshop
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 ** SOLD OUT
NEW DATE ADDED: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe, 692 East Hastings in Vancouver (at Heatley Street)

Space is limited to 10 students.

For those that have already taken a workshop with John, we’re working on a level two course that will take place at Got Craft? on Saturday, May 2nd. More details to follow!


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!

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

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