Discover the joy of brush lettering
with this 12 day self-paced online course
Learn how to create beautiful brush lettering with 12 days of online instructional videos, practice worksheets and more…
Barbara studied show card and ticket writing in 1967 and hasn’t put down her brushes since. She has been a passionate lettering teacher throughout her career, was the first female president of the Sign Association of Australia, and ran a successful sign shop in Sydney for over two decades. Barbara has a relaxed and encouraging teaching style leaving students confident and inspired to practice.
Carla creates lettering for a large range of clients out of her studio space in Melbourne. Carla turned from graphic designer to full-time letterer three years ago, and is now a passionate teacher and sharer of the craft of lettering. She has organised and taught many workshops with Barbara, making lots of new lettering friends along the way.
I was thoroughly challenged, but pleased with my progress and really thankful to have the opportunity to learn from an experienced master like Barbara. Not only did I enjoy the therapeutic nature of sitting down to practice, but I have used my new found skills in my own creative business where I produce hand lettered cards and calendars. — Ruby MacKinnon
That’s ok! This is for complete beginners, no experience necessary. We’ll be starting with the very basic strokes, before even starting to paint words.
When the course launches you will receive your own account login that gives you immediate access to all the videos and content indefinitely. You can work your way though the course in your own time and come back any time to pick up where you left off.
We recommend you watch a lesson a day (12 days), allocating at least an hour to practicing what you just learnt. Once you have completed all the lessons, you will need to sit down to practice at least 20 minutes a day to see improvement. We know life gets in the way sometimes, so even picking the brush up for 10 minutes all counts as practice!
You get your very own lettering brush posted out to you. The only other materials you need to get set up aren’t too expensive – a t-square for pulling up guidelines, a pencil & eraser, some acrylic paint and an A3 visual art diary from your local art shop. Once you are feeling confident, you may like to expand your kit with a few other size brushes and a longer hair brush for script work and flourishing.
No, we solely focus on using a natural hair lettering brush so that we can achieve versatility in our lettering styles. In saying that, these new skills you learn will help your lettering so that you can experiment with whatever tools you like.
You will be able to login to your account at learnbrushlettering.com on any device to see where you are up to in the program and see the videos available to watch. There will be a link to download the accompanying PDF handout that will have exemplars done by Barbara’s brush.
Barbara is amazing to watch demonstrate her skills. To put things in perspective, Barbara has been lettering for nearly 45 years! That’s a lot of brush mileage. Carla has been lettering for 3 years, and has a dedicated practice as a full time letterer. It really depends how much you want to put it to learning. Our motto is Practice, Patience and Perseverance. Basically, you get out what you put in! We hope that you find your practice very therapeutic and you can’t put the brush down!
You will be glad to hear that both Carla and Barbara are left handed! They believe it’s actually a secret advantage. So please don’t be discouraged, lefties can create beautiful lettering, you just need to be shown how.
We have a private Facebook community where Barbara and Carla will be actively chatting with students to give feedback and advice to the work that you upload. You can share your struggles and questions with other students also. Along the way, we will be conducting Google Hangouts so you can ask detailed questions and see further demos, and you can also contact us via chat support when you’re logged in to the academy.