Proverbs 14:4 ~ Food Typography

I spent an afternoon Christmas season before last on a type project specifically for my Facebook cover photo. I used the verse Proverbs 14:4, which says, “Where there are no oxen the stable is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” My wife and I have really benefited from that verse, in particular it is a good reminder that seasons of productivity are shared with seasons of “messiness”. Just like it requires getting down and dirty to plant a garden in the spring to reap a rich harvest in the fall.

Some mentioned they would like a print of something like that (the cover photo they saw), so I decided I’d like to take a little more time in the future to make something that would show better in someone’s house.

It’s no surprise then, that I chose to do some food typography of this verse. It’s also no surprise that, never having practiced it before, it is definitely not print for house-worthy! The results were a good experience, if nothing else.

Our hostess graciously allowed me to use her vibrant, colorful spice collection! I used a dead pen and my fingers.

Any other food typographers out there? What is your process like? I intend to try again soon when I have another 2 hours to spare on food typography.

Right after I finished I took this shot with my phone to show some of the difference before and after editing, as well as the condition of the spices after clean up.