Want to learn brush lettering? Unable to attend a Ligatures lettering workshop? We've got just the thing! This 75-page printable PDF is the best resource to learn the fundamentals of brush lettering. The document includes:

-an overview of tools & techniques

-a review of stroke & pressure

-lettering guides for each letter of the uppercase casual & lower case casual alphabets

-blank guidelines to continue your lettering journey

Brush pens not included. Upon checkout, the PDF booklet will be promptly emailed to you. For personal use only.

Purchase here!

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Recap: Brush Lettering Workshop with GDC Sask South

We've had a wonderful time in Regina with GDC Sask South! The brush lettering workshop was an amazing success and everyone is on their way to becoming lettering pros! A big thank-you to Corey, Rhea, and Laila for helping making this workshop come together flawlessly. It was an absolute pleasure meeting everyone and looking forward to seeing your lettering progression! Keep on lettering!


Brush Lettering Basics Workshop

Ligatures Toronto Brush Lettering Workshop We're excited to announce our ever popular Brush Lettering Workshop, hosted by Toronto letterers Kyle Gallant, Christopher Rouleau, and Veronica Wong.

Join us on Saturday, July 16 to learn the basics of Brush lettering. Our workshop will cover everything you need to know to get started with brush lettering. We help students learn the fundamentals of the English alphabet, working through basic strokes, and advancing to uppercase and lower case letterforms, as well as work construction.

Students receive a selection of our favourite brush lettering instruments, along with tips and tricks on how to get the most out of them. Students are encouraged to experiment and ask plenty of questions so they can get the most out of the equipment and our experience.

Space is limited and fills quickly. Sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Marquee workshop

Ligatures - Marquee - No 33 Back by popular demand is our marquee letter workshop! Spend Sunday afternoon with we teach you how to make marquee letters! Each participant will be able to create two cardboard letters or characters of their choice. Accentuate your space with these fun and easy-to-make letters. Theses letters are perfect for weddings and parties too!

We include supplies and will walk you through the process with some tips and tricks. Just bring along some letters from your favourite fonts and get ready to bring them to life (don't worry, we're type geeks so we'll have plenty to pick from too). Sign up for our Marquee Lettering Workshop today.

You can check out last years Marquee Workshop.

Type Attack 2 recap

After the success of last year's Type Attack lettering duel, we decided bring it back again this year. We had a tremendous turnout, with a record 20 competitors and over 50 spectators. The rumble was held at Shopify. In case you missed it, Type Attack is a tournment-style lettering contest, where artists are paired against each to drawn one glyph (letter or number) in successively shorter rounds. Other than that, there are no other rules: whoever creates the most interesting character (determined by the crowd vote) advances. Winner takes all!


We were happy to have Beau's Brewery samples their ales all night long.

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Here are all of the glyphs created during the battle:


Here are the fierce competitors who gave it their all:


And (drumroll please) here are the winners:

Team favourite / People's choice: Anna Balares

3rd place: Anthony Trask

2nd place: Bronwyn Cowan

1st place: Mark Serrano


We were also blessed with an outpouring of support from the community in the form of sponsorship and prizes. Above Ground was generous enough to donate all of these supplies for participants to use throughout the night:


And these were the amazing prize packs for the our contestants, including door prizes for everyone who participated:


A huge thank you to the following sponsors for their overwhelming support this year. Please show your love for these local suppliers and stop by their shops.


We look forward to seeing you all at next year's Type Attack!

Pixel and Bristle

Full_GIf Ligatures and the Toronto Design Directory are proud to present the first annual 'Pixel & Bristle', the premier design & typography market in Toronto. The event will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 10-6 at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). This new market will bring together the work of Toronto's most exceptional designers, illustrators, typographers and makers at one of Toronto's most exciting cultural hubs.

'Pixel & Bristle' will showcase a diverse range of professional goods and products, including:
-prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, mobiles, bags, banners, textiles, mugs, enamel pins, patches, buttons, stickers, objects ephemera and limited edition art
Admission is free; food, drinks and prizes available.
Applications are open until April 1. More information here.

Ligatures Toronto Brush Lettering Workshop Recap

Learning brush lettering in Toronto On the weekend of March 12, 2016, Ligatures gathered at Shopify in Toronto to share the basics of brush lettering to two groups of eager students. We were super excited to announce our newest instructor Veronica Wong, who joined Christopher and Kyle in teaching our weekend workshops.

Veronica Wong Teaching Brush Lettering

Christopher Rouleau Example Letters

Kyle Gallant Teaching Brush Lettering

Our lettering workshops cover everything you need to get started with brush lettering. Using our Ligatures lettering workbook, we helped students learn the most crucial brush form to practice in lettering: strokes! Once everyone was comfortable writing "rows of picket fences",  we dove into the uppercase brush lettering alphabet.

Students receive a selection of our favourite brush lettering instruments, along with tips and tricks on how to get the most of them. Students are encouraged to experiment as they work through the class, but favourites were quickly found.

After everyone recharged over a lunch break, we offered a primer on lower case alphabets and script lettering. Then, we put their new skill to the test. Students were tasked with crafting word marks for brands and match lettering styles. We are always impressed with the progress folks make from the morning to the end of the day.

Ligatures Brush lettering workbook and brush lettering in Toronto

Students learning brush lettering in toronto

Christopher teaching students about brush letter construction

Thank you to Margot for the amazing photos, and Leslie for her support and social media savvy.

If you're interested in learning Brush Lettering in Toronto or anywhere else, please contact us with specifics or sign up for one of our lettering workshops today.

Brush Lettering Practice

Workshop Announcement: Learn Brush Lettering

Lig_MarchBrushWorkshop_2 February 22 update: Our Saturday, March 12 has sold out in 5 days. Due to popular demand, we have opened a second date: Sunday, March 13.

We are excited to announce the details for our next brush pen workshop.

Back by popular demand, the event will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 and Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 10am - 5pm at Shopify (80 Spadina Avenue, 4th floor). The workshops will run 10am - 1pm, break for lunch (not provided), and resume from 2pm - 5pm.

The day will be hosted by local letterers (and Ligatures co-founders) Kyle Gallant & Christopher Rouleau. Kyle is a multi-faceted designer, skilled in calligraphy, expressive lettering, and even graffiti. He is a self-described “compulsive doodler” and passionate about all things type. Christopher is a freelance graphic designer & letterer, with a love for alphabets, antique lettering guides and old hand-lettered signs. He is comfortable working in a variety of media, including pen, chalk, acrylic, ink… the list goes on. Christopher also co-instructed a Ligatures lino printing workshop in the spring. Check out more of their recent work on Instagram:

Kyle & Christopher recently hosted a special workshop at Uppercase Magazine in Calgary, sponsored by GDC Alberta South Chapter. Check out the recaps here and here. They have pooled together their skills, knowledge and resources to put together a 6-hour tutorial on the fundamentals of brush lettering. All skill levels welcome!


The cost of this full-day workshop is $125. This price includes a workbook, handouts, and the supplies you will need for the workshop, all of which you get to take home at the end of the day. Included in your kit:

  • 5 types of brush pens
  • 2 pads of paper (tracing & layout)
  • the official Ligatures workbook and handouts
  • access to any additional tools you might need (pencils, rulers, tape, grid paper) as well as some experimental lettering tools & books from our personal collections.


Our previous workshop sold out in 2 days, so please sign up early. Space is limited.

We look forward to bringing your talents together, sharing knowledge with one another, and creating some new brush pen work!

Thank you to Shopify for sponsoring this event.