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Beginner Sign Painting Workshop with BIG TOP SIGN ARTS

signpainting-2sign-painting-3signpainting-3Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie last summer? 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

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Beginner Sign Painting Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

Cost: $65.00 plus tax (includes entry to Got Craft?) | REGISTER HERE

Update: Only 2 spots remain!

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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

beginner hand lettering workshop

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

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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!

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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

local event :: Sign Painter movie

Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-1Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-3Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-4Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-6I wanted to share a few more pictures from our studio tour with John Lennig last week. One of my favourite pictures from that afternoon is the one above of the hammer he created during shop class in high school over 50 years ago! I can’t imagine keeping something for that many years without it going missing!

If you haven’t already watched it, check out the Sign Painter movie trailer and event details below and enter to win some Sign Painter swag!

dates: Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013
times: doors at 6:30pm | screening at 7:30pm | Q+A to follow with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
location: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver (BC)
cost: Tickets $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door (19+ only)

website: http://gotcraft.com/signpainters

See you there!

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

artist profile :: sign painter John Lennig

SignPainter_John1We first met sign painter John Lennig when he participated at the second Got Craft? event back in July 2007. Almost six years later, we find ourselves sitting in his home eating coconut cupcakes and drinking tea while he chats about his career as a sign painter and shows us some of his past and present work. To celebrate the screening of the Sign Painter movie later this week, in which John makes an appearance, we asked him a few questions on how he started and what he loves most about the industry.

SignPainter_John4SignPainter_John5How long have you been a sign painter and how did you get into it?
50 years this September. After High School, at 18, I took a 1 year trade course for 2 years. I always took art classes in school and had planned on being a commercial artist. By fluke, I ended up in a sign painting course and after 1 week, I knew that ‘lettering’ was for me! Still is, more than ever! When I immigrated to Canada (Vancouver, BC) with my family, I worked in various sign shops until 1982, when I started my own shop, Brushworks. In 2000, I sold the shop and started BIG TOP Sign Arts specializing in ONLY hand painted lettering.

Was there a time when you when the industry was ‘perfect’ and there was no worry that the art of sign painting could possibly disappear? That Magic Time, up until the late 80’s, before computer cut vinyl lettering became “the way to go” (I to, bought into the system, up until 2000). The Golden Years…? the 50’s thru to the late 80’s…

Re: “disappearing” – Business didn’t disappear. It was that now customers had a much larger choice. Anybody that could type on a keyboard could create “signs”, cut vinyl lettering, and now digital prints without have the training and background in design and lettering. Prices were lowering due to “competition, while people were paying LOTS OF MONEY FOR EQUIPMENT so that they could make signs faster and charge less!

Obviously, cost drives many clients, and hand lettering is not cheaper than vinyl lettering. That said, there is a place for vinyl/digital work. Hand lettering has been having a real comeback in recent years, which pleases me very much! Creating/producing something that others can’t produce sets you apart from the mass produced work, but it will never go back to “how it was”.

SignPainter_John6SignPainter_John2SignPainter_John3Are there any resources that you can recommend for somebody that wanted to learn the technical details of sign painting?Resources are hard to find. YouTube… various DVD’s on hand lettering… Pierre Tardiff in Quebec teaches hand lettering classes… Los Angeles Trade Technical in LA, taught by “Doc” Guthrie is a fantastic two year course that has been operating since 1926. I visited them last February and this is an awesome course / facilities – the REAL DEAL!

For those unfamiliar with sign painting, what kind of tools do you use?
Core Tools: lettering brushes
Optional: Mahl Stick, sign painting enamel, layout paper, projector/opaque or overhead, lots of alphabet books/sign books (always be on the lookout in used book stores!!)

YOU DON’T NEED A COMPUTER TO MAKE SIGNS OR DESIGN THEM, but you do need a good understanding of design. Get Mike Stephen’s book Mastering Layout…the BEST BOOK OUT THERE…period!!

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See some of John’s work at One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Sign Painter at SMASH Gallery. Exhibit runs until June 29th. For more information about the Sign Painter movie and to purchase tickets, click here. To see more of John’s work, visit BIG TOP sign arts here.

A big thank you to [stu-di-o] by jeanie for accompanying us to visit John’s studio and for these beautiful photos! x