Gorgeous Examples of Floral Typography


Floral typography is the technique that combines typography, calligraphy and lettering to create dynamic, “flourishing” designs. With the help of floral elements you can create very tempting and vivid artworks in which the typography seems to be shaped by plants and flowers. In this way you can convey your message in a very artistic way. In fact, various floral ornaments – which are the essential component of floral typography – can make the design stand out and help the artist to create inspiring, refreshing and thought-provoking pieces of art.

Below you’ll find a beautiful collection of floral typography and also some outstanding tutorials that will help you to master the technique or at least get some understanding of how this technique can be used. Please feel free to explore the further works of the artists presented below as well.

Floral Typography Examples

Anybody Seen my Baby1




Ginger Monkey Design5






Gig Poster11






Deja VU17


Keep Reno Green19






Soft Type25




My Fake Cover29


Slow progress…31


The Mask of Sorrow33


For Right Wrong3735


For Right Wrong3735


The Good Die Young39


A New Leaf41


Summer Exhibition43


Floral Love45


Black and white47








D+G Vector and Drawing55


Decogrunge Type Treatment57


Designers don’t commit crimes59


A1 paper cut illustration61


Using mixed media63


Christmas present – SiScott style65


Tipo 0467


MT Ornamental Type Design69








i Love Art77


Dont Panic79


Leo Burnej81


Hide and Seek83


Yulia Brodskaya85



Chaz Maviyane-Davies88




Debra Bishop92




Floral Alphabets96




Type Art100


Graphic Design Everywhere102








I love you110


Chanel 4 25th Anniversary Book112




Floral Typography Tutorials

Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect116


Stylish Floral Typography118


Create an Ancient Typography with Dry Soil Texture and Floral Brushset in Photoshop120


Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop122


Super Cool Frilly Bits Typography124


Old School Type – Line Gradients126


Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography in Photoshop128


How to Create a Richly Ornate Typographic Illustration130



  1. 1 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Anybody-seen-my-baby/85767
  2. 2 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Anybody-seen-my-baby/85767
  3. 3 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Blackout/169944
  4. 4 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Blackout/169944
  5. 5 http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/
  6. 6 http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/showcase/2/Illustration/new_personal-work/personal-work_2008_inspiring_words_series
  7. 7 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  8. 8 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  9. 9 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/White_-word_/90168
  10. 10 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/White_-word_/90168
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnquinn/3380705598/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnquinn/3380705598/
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/spring/93058
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/spring/93058
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/complicated-love/173139
  16. 16 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/complicated-love/173139
  17. 17 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Deja-vu/135910
  18. 18 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Deja-vu/135910
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Keep-Reno-Green/170025
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Keep-Reno-Green/170025
  21. 21 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/glamour/93062
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/glamour/93062
  23. 23 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Renault-Logan/50380
  24. 24 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Renault-Logan/50380
  25. 25 http://shinybinary.deviantart.com/art/Soft-type-50771132
  26. 26 http://shinybinary.deviantart.com/art/Soft-type-50771132
  27. 27 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/128149
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/128149
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/My-fake-cover-(logo)/91761
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/My-fake-cover-(logo)/91761
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_in_a_field/3258005523/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_in_a_field/3258005523/
  33. 33 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Magazine-Work/125104
  34. 34 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Magazine-Work/125104
  35. 35 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  36. 36 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  37. 37 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  38. 38 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  39. 39 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  40. 40 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  41. 41 http://smadani.com/ArcticPaper%20page.htm
  42. 42 http://smadani.com/ArcticPaper%20page.htm
  43. 43 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  44. 44 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  45. 45 http://dean-site.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Love-67010463
  46. 46 http://dean-site.deviantart.com/art/Floral-Love-67010463
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmgarrido/3028604199/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmgarrido/3028604199/
  49. 49 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Nokia/84993
  50. 50 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Nokia/84993
  51. 51 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  52. 52 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/siscott.htm
  53. 53 http://firetongue8.deviantart.com/art/Inspire-wallpaper-95176146
  54. 54 http://firetongue8.deviantart.com/art/Inspire-wallpaper-95176146
  55. 55 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/D-G-Vector-and-Drawing-41516669
  56. 56 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/D-G-Vector-and-Drawing-41516669
  57. 57 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Decogrunge-Type-Treatment/52665
  58. 58 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Decogrunge-Type-Treatment/52665
  59. 59 http://redox3000.deviantart.com/art/designers-don-t-commit-crimes-63194530
  60. 60 http://redox3000.deviantart.com/art/designers-don-t-commit-crimes-63194530
  61. 61 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Futura/45576
  62. 62 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Futura/45576
  63. 63 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Illustrated-type/133204
  64. 64 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Illustrated-type/133204
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/florian_schmucker/345971693/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/florian_schmucker/345971693/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23381789@N07/2604065463/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23381789@N07/2604065463/
  69. 69 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/MT-Ornamental-Type-Design/108376
  70. 70 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/MT-Ornamental-Type-Design/108376
  71. 71 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/128149
  72. 72 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/128149
  73. 73 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Word/107437
  74. 74 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Word/107437
  75. 75 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Funkrush-Final-35267348
  76. 76 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Funkrush-Final-35267348
  77. 77 http://degodson.deviantart.com/art/i-Love-Art-119101046
  78. 78 http://degodson.deviantart.com/art/i-Love-Art-119101046
  79. 79 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Plastic-Illusions/135588
  80. 80 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Plastic-Illusions/135588
  81. 81 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Leo-Burnett/85464
  82. 82 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Leo-Burnett/85464
  83. 83 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  84. 84 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  85. 85 http://www.artyulia.com/index.php/Illustration
  86. 86 http://www.artyulia.com/index.php/Illustration
  87. 87 http://www.artyulia.com/index.php/Illustration
  88. 88 http://blog.vcu.edu/gdes/objectsmethods/
  89. 89 http://blog.vcu.edu/gdes/objectsmethods/
  90. 90 http://www.sumeco.net/
  91. 91 http://www.sumeco.net/
  92. 92 http://www.thinkingwithshakespeare.org/index.php?id=21
  93. 93 http://www.thinkingwithshakespeare.org/index.php?id=21
  94. 94 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  95. 95 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  96. 96 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  97. 97 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  98. 98 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Trust_/53481
  99. 99 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Trust_/53481
  100. 100 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Type-Art/146079
  101. 101 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Type-Art/146079
  102. 102 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/graphic-design-everywhere/109738
  103. 103 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/graphic-design-everywhere/109738
  104. 104 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DiR/174882
  105. 105 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DiR/174882
  106. 106 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Esquire/85462
  107. 107 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Esquire/85462
  108. 108 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/silk/93372
  109. 109 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/silk/93372
  110. 110 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/key-(i-love-you)/184046
  111. 111 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/key-(i-love-you)/184046
  112. 112 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Chanel-4--25th-Anniversary-Book/53853
  113. 113 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Chanel-4--25th-Anniversary-Book/53853
  114. 114 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Type-(update)/81540
  115. 115 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Type-(update)/81540
  116. 116 http://10steps.sg/photoshop/create-a-3d-flowery-text-effect/
  117. 117 http://10steps.sg/photoshop/create-a-3d-flowery-text-effect/
  118. 118 http://psdlearning.com/2008/09/stylish-floral-typography/
  119. 119 http://psdlearning.com/2008/09/stylish-floral-typography/
  120. 120 http://www.psdvault.com/text-effects/create-an-ancient-typography-with-dry-soil-texture-and-floral-brushset-in-photoshop/
  121. 121 http://www.psdvault.com/text-effects/create-an-ancient-typography-with-dry-soil-texture-and-floral-brushset-in-photoshop/
  122. 122 http://psdtuts.com/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-grass-text-effect-in-photoshop/
  123. 123 http://psdtuts.com/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-grass-text-effect-in-photoshop/
  124. 124 http://abduzeedo.com/super-cool-frilly-bits-typography
  125. 125 http://abduzeedo.com/super-cool-frilly-bits-typography
  126. 126 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/old-school-type-line-gradients/
  127. 127 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/old-school-type-line-gradients/
  128. 128 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/designing-tutorials/dynamic-recessed-watercolor-typography-in-photoshop/
  129. 129 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/designing-tutorials/dynamic-recessed-watercolor-typography-in-photoshop/
  130. 130 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-a-richly-ornate-typographic-illustration/
  131. 131 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-a-richly-ornate-typographic-illustration/

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  1. 1

    Great list of typography. just awesome.

  2. 2

    Thanks a lot. Nice Collection.

  3. 3

    great list, it’s good that you guys keep the standards up for selecting stuff others will spend time viewing, thanks

  4. 4

    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    May 23, 2009 12:12 pm

    Sigh, now I will spend another week in ps/cs4 forgetting about the world.

  5. 5

    I think photos has gone slightly inside from right hand side? i am right? beautiful collection of typography

  6. 6

    Ida Aalen / @idaAa

    May 23, 2009 12:48 pm

    This isn’t new, its from the 1750s!

    Hehe, joking aside, it really reminds me of “Rosemaling” (lit. ‘rose painting’):

    From the all-mighty Wikipedia:

    “a form of decorative flower painting that originated in the low-land areas of eastern Norway around 1750, when Baroque, Rengeny and Rococo, artistic styles of the upper class, were introduced into Norway’s rural culture.”


  7. 7

    beautiful work! thanks for sharing.

  8. 8

    Some nice stuff here, although a few do look very similar to one another and some are just not readable. I particularly like the ones with a 3D shadow effect.

  9. 9

    W O N D E R F U L L !

  10. 10


  11. 11

    looks like Sy Scott inspired a trend! he did many of the pieces in there, didn’t he? I know Summer Exhibition is his too.

  12. 12

    Some are beautiful to behold, but fail completely at communicating a message since they are totally illegible.

  13. 13

    Beautiful typography! Fav is the “black out” towards the top. Great collection of typography.

  14. 14

    I must be the only one who was bored at the half way point viewing these. They all look the same, and don’t really excite, unless you love looking at the same floral patterns over and over.

  15. 15

    I love Yulia Brodskaya’s work!

  16. 16

    I think Tord Boontje started (reinvented) this technique before Sy Scott, then it was used in the demoscene and now everywhere. Amazing stuff, but most of them are really similar.

  17. 17


  18. 18

    Agree with nº14. This selection is coming 2 years too late.
    Time to move on folks.

  19. 19

    Drop the floraluse guys, its a dead trend :)

    Wireless and nature are still nicely done.
    But floral,, nah

  20. 20

    Simply amazing! Wow!

  21. 21

    wow – beautiful !

  22. 22

    Harald Schipper

    May 24, 2009 4:39 am

    Amazing collection! Really love.. wel.. all of them I guess. Especially those by Yulia Brodskaya.

  23. 23

    Very nice.

    But many of this show the common problem of overdoing it. If you add to much to the text, it becomes unreadable, and the whole point is lost.

  24. 24

    no matter what media is behind all these.
    it’s stunning.

  25. 25

    Thoroughly enjoyable post. Fantastic, inspiring collection! Kudos, Aquil Akhter!

  26. 26

    amazing. so inspirational. now I wan t to go and make my own floral typo.

  27. 27
  28. 28

    amazing work

  29. 29

    This reminds me a lot of the calligraphy examples in the Speedball handbook when buying pen points and supplies in my distant youth!

  30. 30

    I belive it is Leo Burnett not Leo Burnej. Nice list btw.

  31. 31

    WOW!!! Amazing work!!

  32. 32

    Great work…beautifull fonts

  33. 33

    So beautiful! An inspiration… I’m off to do some of my own design now. ;-)

  34. 34

    I quick skim through and the one that stands out for me is the twillery. Curled paper design.

  35. 35

    I am speechless……..

  36. 36

    I envy :c

  37. 37

    wow! breathtaking stuff!!!! amazing

  38. 38

    I feel the neo-hippies glee and drool over this. Oh look, there’s even a peace-sign thrown in there! Love and peace man, love and peace. B3

  39. 39

    it´s Si Scott, not Sy Scott.
    Look at the new stuff that Si Scott is creating, i think it is way better than his old stuff and he add images of animals also.

  40. 40

    One of the best posts ever.

  41. 41
  42. 42

    very beautiful and inspiring post, I wonder if there are other post on this subject and if there are tutorials to learn a bit…

  43. 43

    Webdesgin News

    May 25, 2009 2:29 pm


  44. 44

    These are beautiful, though I’m not sure about legibility! lol

  45. 45

    WOW! very beautiful… is there any tutorial for those?

  46. 46

    Love this article. Great stuff Smashing!

  47. 47

    Thank you for sharing.. Love the “A New Leaf”, and how it just stands with 3D..

  48. 48

    Cathedral Graphic Design

    May 26, 2009 11:10 am

    Hey, it may be an old trend, but it sure deserves to live on! I love retro floral, art noveau influences et cetera. This post is nice to look at.

    Yes, many of them are impossible to read… it obscures the “message” if the message is anything but ornament; somehow I think that many of these (and the less legible ones) are showing off illustration skill rather than trying to communicate a message – such as “type art.” Yes, we can see it’s art (although the type side is doubtful) without having to read the obscured words…

    Overall, I enjoyed seeing this post, thanks Smashing!

  49. 49

    Nice work
    dis is one the best work i have c……. the word cant help me at this time


  50. 50

    This was actually a beautiful collection of typography. They were all great examples of floral typography. Some of them have been circulating for a couple of years, but if they’ve survived that long, they have to have some merit. The one that amazed me the most was “Silk”. I agree with some of the above comments in how the message of some works was obscured by the artwork itself, and were, in fact, overly bearing, but beautiful in the least.

  51. 51

    Absolutely Jaw Dropping!

  52. 52

    Loads of repeated entries!

  53. 53

    Wow florals done right. And I normally HATE florals. DO NOT PUT OUT A TUTORIAL on this. Let the kiddies learn the hard way.

  54. 54

    Great for inspiration!

  55. 55

    Yeah, pretty boring stuff mostly, and almost all of these look exactly the same.

    Also, just to be pedantic, most of them aren’t floral either, they’re decorative, and none of them serve any purpose.

    Form has to follow function. If you don’t know that, you shouldn’t be designing anything.

  56. 56

    Nice work, but can I make a suggestion? I think you should link the illustrations to the artist’s website, not to any blog. And many of these illustrations are from Si Scott…

  57. 57

    I’m in loooove. Fantastic list. I was going to suggest Yulia if you didn’t have her’s, but you do, which makes this list even more awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  58. 58

    I am a fan of julia brodskaya and her work is exquisite, i love the white materialshe uses in the magic lphoto.

  59. 59


  60. 60

    Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    June 11, 2009 10:49 pm

    What a marvelous list! It’s simply fascinating. Floral designs always come across as enigmatic and have a certain air of mystery and hypnotic beauty about them. I’m sure that some of these designs took a considerable amount of time and effort to be created. But the end-effect more than justifies the hardship! They are beautiful!

  61. 61

    There all absolutly amazing, im a really big fan of floral patterns and at the moment im completing my gcse art work. I really like how youve done them all!

  62. 62

    Fascinating ! I’ve got floral typography on my website as well

  63. 63

    Ida Aalen thanks for the Rosemaling info. Neat stuff :)

  64. 64

    awesome work !!! I love typo!!

  65. 65

    I “hate” seeing these kind of post. Why god didnt give me 25% of these people creativity :)

    good post!

  66. 66

    really awesome one , excellence creativity, if i can do it , great work of creativity.

  67. 67


    Can anybody give me above Typography Tutorials.

    Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Ill be very much thankful to all.


  68. 68

    Fantastic! I wish if there were any tutorials how did they create floral typography…

  69. 69

    Awesome collection… I love it :D

  70. 70

    I really like this collection, awesome artworks… Thanks a lot :)

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