New York Times mention:

We were mentioned in Seth Kugel's informative and kind New York Times Frugal Traveler's blog on New Orleans. You can view it at this link: Blog

The Studio & Gallery

Mystic Blue Signs opened our shop on Magazine Street in 1996, but we have been specializing in hand lettering and illustration since 1973.

New Orleans has such inspiring architecture and history that it's a natural location for a hand-painted sign shop. We use traditional methods and materials and we draw everything by hand, from logos to lettering to illustration. We hand-cut, hand-carve, hand-paint. We use wood, metal, special sign paint and sign painters' quills, flats and fitches. We use real 23 karat gold leaf sheets on signs and glass transom numbers. We even paint scenes and signs on the sides of buildings. And we ship signs all over the world.

For the last seven years, Mystic Blue has hosted regular art shows in our gallery, featuring local artists. We sell prints, paintings, posters, signs, stained-glass, jewelry and objets d'art made by our artists. Studio/Gallery hours are Tues thru Fri 10:30am-5pm and Sat 10:30am-3pm.

Hand-writing demo by Yvette at WWL Channel 4 for National Hand-Writing Day.

We teach a two-part course in the basics of hand lettering. Students may take either class alone, but we recommend the Roman Letters class first. We believe it is the most fundamental hand lettering course offered in the New Orleans area. Advance registration is required for all classes.

In this six-week class we will study the relationships of letters to each other through careful drawings of the shapes and spacing of the Roman alphabet. We follow the changes in this letter style as it progressed from its stone-carved form 2000 years ago through early typefaces and advertising art to modern block letters. We learn to use sign painters' brushes to make both serif and san serifs letters. Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 starting Sept 30 Cost of the class is $220 with materials included.

, a study of written forms, is the second half of our basic hand lettering course. It meets in the spring.

is a new class intended for sign painters. There are so many innovations in modern script that it is not enough for sign painters to settle for scripts that come naturally with the brush without also studying what cursive letters should look like. In this class we will use formal and informal calligraphic models to draw layouts for great cursive lettering, then we will use sign quills to paint the layouts.

This intensive class will meet from 7:00-9:30 on three Mondays---Sept 8,15, & 22. Students must already know how to letter with a sign painter's quill and enamel paint. Cost of the class with materials is $165. Call Eve and Vince for more information for more information: (504) 525-4691

The Center also offers private tutoring sessions in handwriting for people who are frustrated with their penmanship. A more relaxed approach than our formal class, tailored to the individual student, tutoring sessions are 1-1/2 hours.

   Special Projects      We also do a considerable amount of Documents, Marriage Certificates, Wedding Invitations, Murals, Portraits and Illustrations. Here are some samples of our work. Call us at (504)525-4691 if you would like us to help you with that special project!


by Yvette Rutledge

Marriage Certificate

by Yvette Rutledge


by Yvette & Vince

Illustration by Vince Mitchell

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Font Club

CANCELED: Font Club is canceled for today October 18th. We will resume and have our next meeting Saturday, November 15th. Font Club is a free informal group that meets monthly to work on typeface design. We usually have a presentation followed by a work session designing, scanning and importing glyphs into FontLab or Fontographer to create a typeface. Font Club normally meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Call Vince or Yvette at (504) 525-4691 for more information or if you have any questions.

Fontlab font editors

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AIGA New Orleans

You can also visit for graphic design info, events, and meetings in New Orleans.


New Orleans Lettering Arts Association will meet on Saturday, June 14th, at 10am at the Jefferson Public Library. NOLAA is a non-profit organization whose monthly meetings are mini-workshops in a variety of calligraphy techniques, well worth the $25 per year membership fee. Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month. For more info visit

NOLA School of Art & Crafts

The New Orleans School of Art and Craft offers classes in all styles of art-making, including calligraphy. They can be reached directly at (504) 944-7900. For more info visit

Photography by Claire Hassig

We are proud to have an exhibit of Claire's photographs in the gallery. The images present the abandoned structures of the former Six Flags Amusement Park, altered through her unique perspective.

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