Chai Tea Decorative Sign Painting

Inspired by simple old style sign painting which is practical as well as informative, this painting Chai 35 cents, 16 X 20 inches, came together. The painting is created in acrylic on canvas board with a background that is a colorful modern abstract interpretation of functional and decorative vintage ads, and the lettering is a plain and simple stencil typeface.

I love fancy fonts with flourish and flair but also, there is something about a blocky stencil, with practical gaps in each letter, that is clear and somehow very retro.

As a fan of typography, I love a peek into the mind and creative process of those who create typefaces. One amazing book on the topic is Typography Sketch Books A blurb from the book description describes it well,

"...fascinating insights into the expressive quality of letters and words. Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on-screen..."

It's worth a look for anyone who has even a passing interest in the mysterious makers of letter design.
In the meantime, I am going to get myself a warm cup of chai.
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