Learning brush lettering has been a great adventure. I love exploring different styles and techniques. My primary source of instruction has been instagram - there are so many artists sharing their art through that platform. It's awesome of them to share their skills, techniques and tools. I follow a lot of artists and I learn a lot from those 15 second videos.
But don't even get me started on Instagram's new feed algorithm. The chronological feed is one of the main reasons I love instagram - if they go away from that it's just going to turn into Facebook. And nobody wants that.
I've had a few people ask me how I'm learning hand lettering.
First, practice. Lots and lots of practice (and lots of paper).
Second, I'm a big ol' copy cat. I look at the way others are writing - the size, thickness, variations in the base line and how they write each letter.
Since instagram videos are almost always sped up to fit within the 15 second time limit - hand lettering looks a little easier than it really is. Now, I'm in no way claiming that I know what I'm doing - but below you'll find 2 real time videos. It'll give you a better idea of how slow I write (though I should really go slower) and where I take breaks to move my hand.
Late is the new black. You haven't heard that one? Well let's make it a thing, because these wallpapers are coming in a week late.
My family and I recently spent a week on Eleuthera - an island in the Bahamas. It was beautiful. My favorite part was getting to experience swimming in clear water for the first time in my life. It was incredible.
I tried out some night time photography for the first time. The photo above was taken at around 10pm at night - if you look closely you can see stars in the sky. It's one of my favorites from the trip.
In this post you'll find 9 desktop wallpapers - without and without the calendar. Click "read more" for download links.
There's something about New Years that gets me every time. I could sort of care less about the party and the ball drop and all the sparkly dresses - my New Year's kiss was Charlie - but there's something about the new year that makes me want to start fresh.
I'm really into brush lettering right now. It's all over the internet and I'm loving it. I found a few guides that got me started (like this one) but my real goal is to find my style. And that is proving to be difficult.
Practice usually includes picking out words from the show I'm watching and writing them down. Can you guess what show I was watching? This was early on in my practicing and I actually feel like I've come a long way since then.
It took at least 20 tries to get a "February" that I was happy with. I had to throw out at least half the tries because I spelled it wrong. I've noticed that I'm not the best speller when I'm working on brush lettering. Oh well. One skill at a time. Once I get the letter's down, maybe I'll be able to focus on the words I'm putting together.
I really, really, really like using watercolors and a brush. It is so smooth and I can go back and hide the mistakes.
Plus, the texture of the colors and paper is just awesome. I love the way the color spreads and moves as you write.
The ombre that happens naturally is pretty much the best thing ever. It makes mediocre lettering look deceptively good. And I'm totally fine with that.
I recently bought some brush pens and I'm really excited to try them out, though I don't know if anything can top watercolors.
This is one of those skills that I'm not sure what to do with yet, but I'm sure I'll figure out something. And I haven't found my style yet, but I'm certainly having fun trying.
Have you been learning a new skill in this new year?
Whenever I see a beautiful image or video, I'm always interesting in the behind the scenes. I love that what seemingly looks effortless usually comes out of chaos. This is most definitely true of this year's Christmas card.
I spotted some ugly sweaters at Target and knew I had to get one for the photo. The look on her face says it all. This dog hates wearing anything. She hated this sweater so much that she nipped at it when I took it off of her. She wore it for all of 10 minutes, so I don't feel bad. And she got a ton of treats.
She also hates wearing her rain coat. But! She won't go outside in the rain unless she's wearing her coat. Oh my little, over dramatic terrier.
So here's what you don't see -
The camera is only a few inches off the ground. To get it there, I had to put it on my tripod, then put the tripod on it's side, then put it on a low box.
I couldn't find the remote, so I had to use the 10 second timer. I'd get a treat in my hand, push the timer, run over to Charlie, plop her into position and then say "Stay. Stay. Stay. Stay..." until the camera took the photo.
Every time I moved, Charlie moved. With each try I had to reposition her.
After 20 tries, I was sweating like a maniac.
Some photos ended up great. Others ended up like this. The brown on the bottom is from the box I had my camera on. Oops.
I do love this photo, though. It's sort of a fail, but I love it. I love all the curls in her hair. I will admit that I photoshopped out one of her nipples. What is it about nipples that makes them so weird? And it's black so it was super obvious. #awkward
This is another favorite. Maybe it's that I think this little butt is adorable, but I also just like that it is unconventional. I love that this photo is a little weird.
So I used it as my Christmas card. Well, one of them. I couldn't decide on just one photo, so I went with three options. I gave this one to the people that I knew would love how weird it is.
This is card number 2. This one is a little more traditional. Along with many other people, I gave this one to Cameron and Hannah. Charlotte sent me a video of Hannah opening the card. I think she was really thrown off by Charlie in a sweater. She basically didn't recognize Charlie. Once she figured out who was in the photo, she loved it.
This is the last photo I chose. This one is all about the ugly sweater. This is one of the cards I gave to people who I know actually really like Charlie. Like my mom said "I like the one of her butt, but I want to see all of her."
People that meet Charlie tend to really like her. And I've always really appreciated that. It really wonderful when the people that I love and that love me - also love my dog. This pup is a big part of my life and I really appreciate when others take an interest in her.
So with that, I'd like to wish you very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I can't wait for 2016 and all the possibilities it holds.