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Creative Hand Lettering & Composition with Tara Johnston

The work shop is SOLD OUT. You may request to be added to the waitlist by emailing your name to hello[at] In the subject line put "Tara Johnston Workshop Waitlist."

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Brew & Brew
500 San Marcos St. #105
Austin, Texas 78702

Goodtype is excited to present Creative Hand Lettering & Composition with Tara Johnston, a workshop where Tara will breakdown the anatomy of letters and teach you how to approach your lettering style with efficient and straightforward strategies and layouts.

This is intended to be an intro level workshop. However, all level letterers and illustrators are welcome because everyone approaches lettering in a unique way. No matter your level, you will definitely add new lettering skills to your toolbox.

The workshop will cover:

  • Real world lettering applications

  • Overview of different lettering styles

  • How to build individual letters

  • Execution of “troublesome” letters

  • How to build the functional elements of a single word

  • Identifying common mistakes

  • Adding weight and ornamentation

  • How to creatively mix lettering styles

  • How to effectively fill negative spaces for even distribution and balance

  • How to build lettering layouts

  • Ending with a 20 minute creative freelancing Q&A session

Class will be limited to 20 participants.  All supplies will be provided.

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Tara Johnston is a freelance hand lettering artist, muralist, and designer born and raised in Texas and currently living in Austin. She is known for her bright color palettes, playful letterforms, and fearlessness to “go there” with her work.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts in 2010, Tara landed a job as an in-house lettering artist with a premier wedding company in Austin. She designed an entire line of custom hand-lettered wedding decor that included statement cake toppers, table numbers, large scale banners, and table signs.

In 2017, Tara decided to launch her own lettering, illustration, and design business and now focuses on creating custom lettering works for local businesses. When she’s not painting walls or drawing letters on her iPad, she’s usually on the hunt for two things: live music and a great old fashioned cocktail. 

Is this workshop out of your budget? Approach your employer about funding your enrollment fee. Does your company have an employee education budget? Ask whether your employer will pay for your workshop up front or with enrollment fee reimbursement as your new skills will make a positive impact on creativity and revenue. Spaces are limited, so the sooner you start, the better your chances of landing a spot. This is a valuable, one-of-a-kind workshop you don’t want to miss.

We understand that life happens, please communicate proactively about not being able to attend the event so we can give your seat to someone else. Tickets are fully refundable up to 72 hours before the event. If you're unable to attend and give notice after the 72 hour window has passed, you will be issued a refund only if we are able to fill your seat. No refund will be given after the event date has passed. Tickets are transferable.