Brush Lettering 101 with Level Up Louisville

All photos are by January June Photography

Hey y'all! Today's post is a fun one!!! 

This week I taught an in-person brush lettering class in Lexington, Kentucky, my old college town! I was really excited to be asked to teach by the awesome startup company, Level Up Louisville! 

Level Up Louisville hosts pop-up workshops in Louisville, Kentucky, with 30 classes a month! They are steadily expanding to Lexington, so if you are located in Kentucky, I highly suggest taking a look at their extensive class list, and planning a girls night. The list of workshops they offer is INSANE, and there is truly something there for everyone! (Even a Daddy/Daughter Braiding cute is that?!)

Let this post serve as a little 'preview' of what you can expect from a future class with Level Up! I will continue teaching with them in the Lexington, KY area! Stay tuned to hear some more details about how the class is structured, where to sign up, and details on how to become a teacher yourself!

Class was held at Ethereal Brewing Co. in an ultra hip part of Lexington. We had our choice of areas to host the class, but we decided the weather was too perfect not to sit outside and enjoy a gorgeous summer evening. 

We had this section of the patio to ourselves, and the buzz from the crowd helped with the fun ambience. With 14 students in attendance, I rotated from table to table, going through the crash course with each table for a more in-depth, one-on-one experience. 

I chose to teach this intro to brush lettering using my favorite brush pens from Tombow, the Dual Brush Pen and the Fudenosuke Soft Tip. 

For the two-hour class, I created an introductory handbook that doubled as a practice guide! I included tracing paper and high-quality cardstock in each packet so students could begin tracing and doing drills before diving into the lettering portion. 

Of the 14 students, only 2 had every used a brush pen before! It was really exciting to see everyone go from 'complete beginner' to 'confident and ready to practice' with their new tools. Those that had lettered before were excellent help at filling in and answering questions when I was with other students. 

Everyone was deep in concentration, focusing on drills and tracing a fancy alphabet. 

I loved answering questions and doing demonstrations with each group of women!

All in all, everyone's favorite pen was the Fudenosuke Soft Tip. I bet I'll be seeing a lot of social media posts using that pen in the coming weeks!

I was totally amazed at this woman's lettering! She was experienced with a brush pen and it showed BIG time. Her work was awesome, and I stopped to admire it every time I passed by!

Lastly, I was so excited to meet Diana of Bright Life Apparel, who has previously commissioned me to design for her line of t-shirts (one of which she is wearing). I'm really excited to see the designs SHE letters now that she has all the tools she needs to begin! Such an exciting night!

If you're interested in signing up for a future Brush Lettering 101 class, I highly recommend you get on their newsletter (signup is on their homepage). Once I schedule more classes with them, I will announce those on my Instagram and weekly newsletter (signup for that is below!). Classes are super affordable and the class sizes are small at about 20 people or less. 

If you're located in Kentucky and have a skill you just know would be a hit with Level Up, reach out to them here. They are incredible to work with, and they make the teaching process so simple and pain-free! 

Want to know more about my Level Up experience, or about teaching a lettering class in general? Drop your question in the comments or e-mail me! I would love to talk with you!