Sign Creation with Hand-Painted Lettering

A course by Christopher Rouleau
Graphic Designer, Lettering Artist, and Sign Painter. Toronto, Canada.
Joined June 2021
, Graphic Designer, Lettering Artist, and Sign Painter

Learn to combine lettering and painting techniques to make an eye-catching sign that communicates a message

  • 89% positive reviews (9)
  • 299 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to combine lettering and painting techniques to make an eye-catching sign that communicates a message



  • 89% positive reviews (9)
  • 299 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 54m)
  • 10 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Showcard sign painting is one of the most creative ways to send a message or advertise a product. Graphic designer and lettering artist Christopher Rouleau has created original hand-painted signs for clients like LG, Pepsi, and Uppercase Magazine. He believes that if you make a sign well, and make it beautiful, it can last forever.

In this course, Christopher teaches you the lettering and painting techniques needed to create vibrant signs that dazzle and inspire. Discover the magic behind the traditional art form and capture the attention of your community with your words.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Sign Painting Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Let's Make a Sign
  • U4
    U4. Making Your Sign Shine!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Christopher, graphic designer, lettering artist, and sign painter. He shares with you his creative journey as an artist, which spans over twenty years, and how he found his passion for sign painting. Hear about the artists, designers, and sign painters who inspire his work.

Get a detailed overview of the standard sign painting tools and materials needed. Christopher takes you through the history of sign painting and introduces traditional lettering styles. Discover the magic behind hand lettering techniques as Christopher teaches you how to handle the brush and make controlled, precise strokes. Next, start sketching your design, and see how to prepare your sign for painting.

Christopher then takes you step by step through the process of painting each layer of your sign using different colors. Apply what you've learned about brush handling and clean brush strokes as you bring your design to life. Learn how to create special effects and add any necessary touch ups. Christopher then shows you how to add a clear coat of varnish before showing you how to mount or frame your sign.

Make your sign shine by sharing it with the world! Hear tips on photographing your work, sharing it on social media, and adding it to your portfolio. Christopher wraps up the course by talking about how you can use your new sign painting abilities to do good in your community.

What is this course's project?

Create a hand-painted sign with an original message using traditional lettering techniques.

Who is this online course for?

This course is great for artists of all levels with an interest in signs. painting, and lettering. Both creative professionals and hobbyists are welcomed!

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of typography and hand-lettering are required. Experience with type design, drafting, drawing, and painting is a bonus!

To take this course, you need a smooth piece of birchwood or a hard illustration board, water-based paint, paint brushes, tape, an easel, or varnish, and other materials you can find at an art supply store, which Christopher shares with you in the second unit.


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299 Students
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Christopher Rouleau

A course by Christopher Rouleau

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Graphic Designer, Lettering Artist, and Sign Painter

Christopher Rouleau is a Canadian graphic designer, lettering artist, and sign painter. Growing up in a small town in Saskatchewan, he remembers being inspired by the hand-painted signs in grocery stores and storefronts. After completing his studies at the University of Calgary, he began his professional career in stock photography and fonts, which helped him discover his passion for hand lettering. Soon, he became a full-time freelance designer, and co-founded Ligatures, a hub for typography and lettering in Toronto.

His work has been part of numerous exhibitions throughout Canada, and he has given talks and workshops at events like ATypl Montreal, Adobe Creative Jam, and Creative Mornings. He has collaborated with clients like the City of Toronto, LG, The Body Shop, Pepsi, the University of Toronto, Greenpeace, Pride Toronto, and more. He is also a regular contributor to Uppercase Magazine, and has been featured in publications like Flare Magazine, Globe & Mail newspaper, CTV News, and more. Christopher is the recent recipient of the Communication Arts Award of Excellence in Typography.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Sign Painting Preparation

    • Presentation of Supplies
    • History of Sign Painting
    • Hand-Painted Lettering Techniques 1
    • Hand-Painted Lettering Techniques 2
    • Project Ideation, Sketching, and Refinement
    • Sign Prep and Image Transfer
  • U3

    Let's Make a Sign

    • Painting Your Sign Blue
    • Painting Your Sign Red
    • Painting Your Sign Yellow
    • Touch-UPS
    • Finishing and Hardware
  • U4

    Making Your Sign Shine!

    • Sharing Your Sign on Social Media
    • Using Your Skills to Do Good in Your Community
  • FP

    Final project

    • Sign Creation with Hand-Painted Lettering

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Sign Creation with Hand-Painted Lettering. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Christopher Rouleau

Sign Creation with Hand-Painted Lettering

A course by Christopher Rouleau
Graphic Designer, Lettering Artist, and Sign Painter. Toronto, Canada.
Joined June 2021
  • 89% positive reviews (9)
  • 299 students