Brush Lettering Workshop


Learn your brush strokes from one of Australia’s most experienced letterers


Barbara Demonstration Close up of lettering Birds eye view Brush Lettering Kit Learning the brush strokes Thankyou Workbench Barbara Guidance

Barbara Enright was brush lettering way before it was cool and now's your chance to skill up in our beginners brush lettering workshops around Australia in 2016.

What will you learn?

  • You’ll learn the basic strokes needed to gain control of the brushes to create various letter widths as well as working with the paint consistency and flow.
  • Learn about brush types: round, square and pointed; and which are suited to the different lettering styles such as Casual and Script.
  • See inspiring demonstrations of her master brush skills.
  • Barbara will assist everyone to make sure they feel comfortable holding and manipulating the various brush sizes. She will encourage you to develop your own individuality when lettering with a brush.

Who is this for?

  • Anyone and everyone who has an interest in lettering! We’ll be starting with the basics so we can achieve a good understanding of brush lettering techniques. Complete beginners welcome. No experience necessary!
  • More experienced letterers wanting to learn new styles and techniques for their commercial and personal work such as logos, signage and typographic art pieces.

What will you take away?

  • Your very own Brush Lettering Kit including a special lettering brush and practice guides, all in a personalised folder hand lettered by Barbara.
  • All of your work from the weekend plus a final project demonstrating your skills.
  • Lots of hands-on experience under one-on-one guidance from a master letterer to inspire your ongoing practice.
  • A day of switching off from the computer, hearing Barbara’s fascinating lettering stories and insights, making new friends, and discussion about how to make a career out of  lettering.
  • Rad new skills to show off to your friends on Instagram.

Your amazing teacher

Barbara Enright

Barbara studied show card and ticket writing in 1967 and hasn’t put down her brushes since. That's 47 years of lettering experience!

Barbara produced thousands of ticket cards for Myer Melbourne, Grace Bros. and other retail outlets in Sydney. She started her own showcard, ticket writing and screen printing studio producing retail and promotional signage. She’s also a seasoned teacher, having taught ticket writing and calligraphy classes both privately and through TAFE NSW.

As NSW President and National Coordinator of the Australian Sign and Graphics Association during the years of 2001 - 2007, Barbara helped to revive the membership which included regional meetings and lobbied educational institutions for industry standards.

Barbara’s enthusiasm for lettering is contagious! She is thrilled to hear that lettering is making a huge comeback in the design scene. and wants to pass on her years of experience to fellow lettering nerds and type aficionados.

She’s been a great friend and mentor, and I’m excited to be sharing her skills with all of you.

2016 Workshop Dates

Cost: $550 for the two-day course including your own personalised lettering kit. Maximum of 12 students. Start time is 10am, finish time is 4:30pm.

Book Now for Canberra Oct 15th & 16th

Venue: University of Canberra, Room 7C44, level C, Bld 7, University Drive, Bruce

Book Now for Perth Oct 29th & 30th

Venue: Juicebox, 260 Railway Pde, West Leederville, Perth

Book Now for Melbourne Nov 12th & 13th

Venue: Little Gold Studios, 13 Little Gold St, Brunswick

If you can't make these workshops, please sign up to my mailing list at the bottom of this page and you'll get an email announcing any upcoming workshops.

Love from previous workshops

"Thank you so much for the wonderful weekend of learning! I was thoroughly challenged, but pleased with my progress and really thankful to have the opportunity to learn from an experienced master like Barbara." – Ruby

"I have been doing a myriad of workshops this year all focusing on learning hand made type and last weekend was by far the most informative, inspiring and relaxed of these workshops. Limiting the class to a handful of people and having the workshop take place over two days were contributing factors as this allowed real one on one time with Barbara and gave us more time to focus on each style. The workshop didn't feel rushed which so many do. This created a real enthusiastic and excited energy around the table, a real positive learning space. Barbara's enthusiasm and skill were infectious which made you want to dive in and explore fully the new techniques being shared. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in broadening their skills and knowledge of brush type." – Tricia

"It gave me the inspiration to pick up a brush for the first time to build some lettering skills. The process in the class was one of little break throughs and then plateaus and even back slides! But through the roller coaster Barbara gave us calm assistance and an unfailing belief that we could attain the skills. Watching Barbara brush her letters was an absolute treat." – Mary

Terms & Conditions

  1. These workshops require equipment and many hours of preparation. If you cancel up to 14 days before the course date, we can only refund you 50% of the fee to cover our costs, sorry! We’re absolutely happy to transfer it to someone else though, just let us know their contact details and we’ll switch the booking (but you’ll have to organise payment between yourselves). Email carla@carlahackett.com for refunds, cancellations or to confirm the transfer details of the new attendees.
  2. We hope it doesn’t happen, but if the workshop is unfortunately cancelled, you will be fully refunded for the cost of the workshop. The workshops must have a minimum of 4 participants before they can commence. Students will be notified via email of any cancellations.