You had to have the big salad final layout

Lettering Layouts class

When I started taking Skillshare classes over the summer, I quickly fell in love with Teela Cunningham‘s classes. She has a knack for breaking down cool and trendy techniques into steps that make sense.

I’ve seen great hand-lettered layouts for awhile now, like with those chalkboard lettering walls, art prints, or tees. But I never understood how they were made — they seemed to appear by magic. Teela’s class Lettering Layouts: Create Beautiful Messages provides a ton of clarity on how to get started with these designs.

After choosing my phrase, “You had to have the big salad!” (from Seinfeld, of course), I designated the hierarchy:

  • level 1: big salad
  • level 2: you
  • level 3: had to have the

Then I started sketching possible layouts using Teela’s inspiration elements PDF that she includes with class enrollment. I appreciate the resources she puts together because when there are seemingly infinite options it can be hard to just choose something and get started. But she makes it clear and easy to just start drawing.

Lettering Layouts class - first steps

You had to have the big salad lettering 1

You had to have the big salad 2

You had to have the big salad 3

My final layout:You had to have the big salad final layout

I liked a lot of my sketches and it was actually hard to choose a favorite to implement. I wanted to incorporate some other little veggie illustrations, so I went with a complex layout. It got pretty busy, and is more of a food illustration than a lettering layout. But the whole experience was so informative and fun, that I know I’ll be able to do more projects with this technique.

My introductory Skillshare subscription rate has expired, but I’m tempted to renew my subscription just to watch this class again and again! Teela also shares some inspiring layouts and ways to get started with this technique on her awesome blog.

Links

Tools & supplies

  • pencil
  • a variety of PITT artist pens
  • Canson Drawing pad
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - these pretzels are making me thir

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: these pretzels are making me thirsty

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld quote, “These pretzels are making me thirsty”, with bounce letters.

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - these pretzels are making me thir

Season 3, episode 11 “The Alternate Side”

TOOLS

  • Crayola broad line markers
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - chicken supernova

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: chicken supernova

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld phrase, “Chicken supernova”, with a combination of bounce letters and faux calligraphy. It’s such a goofy combination of words that makes me crack up every time I hear it.

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - chicken supernova

Season 8, episode 8 “The Chicken Roaster”

TOOLS

  • Micron pens
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - no soft cheeses of any kind

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: no soft cheeses

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld quote, “No soft cheeses of any kind”, with a combination of bounce letters and sans serif brush-style lettering.Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - no soft cheeses of any kind

Season 3, episode 11 “The Red Dot”

TOOLS

  • Crayola broad line markers
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - its not you its me

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: it’s not you, it’s me

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld quote, “It’s not you, it’s me”, with a combination of bounce letters and sans serif brush-style lettering. I experimented with color, composition, markers, and which words were script or sans serif.

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - its not you its me

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - its not you its me

Season 3, episode 2 “The Truth” + Season 5, episode 6 “The Lip Reader”

TOOLS

  • Crayola broad line markers
  • Paper Mate Flair pens
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - just a little red dot

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: it’s just a little red dot

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld quote, “It’s just a little red dot”, with a combination of bounce letters and sans serif brush-style lettering.

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - just a little red dot

Season 3, episode 11 “The Red Dot”

TOOLS

  • Crayola broad line markers
Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - no soup for you

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: no soup for you

To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld quote, “No soup for you”, with a combination of bounce letters and sans serif brush-style lettering. I experimented with color, composition, and different styles for different words of the phrase.

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - no soup for you

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - no soup for you

Hand lettered Seinfeld quote - no soup for you

Season 7, episode 6 “The Soup Nazi”

Tools

  • Crayola broad line markers
  • Paper Mate Flair pens
hand lettering of Serenity Now quote from Seinfeld

Hand-lettered Seinfeld Chronicles: serenity now

I’m practicing my hand lettering and decided to do a series of quotes from Seinfeld because it’s my favorite show ever, and it’s a funny juxtaposition. In the show, “serenity now” isn’t actually said from a place of serenity…

hand lettering of Serenity Now quote from Seinfeld

Season 9, episode 3 “The Serenity Now”

Tools

  • 05 Micron pen