Saturday, March 26, 2016

Brush Lettering - In Real Time


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. 

Anyway...

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.

I hope you find them helpful!







For those of you looking for some examples of amazing lettering - below is a list of artists that I follow on instagram. They are all incredibly talented.

@throughpaintandpen
@flaxandwooldesigns
@brimpapery
@greentiestudio
@kingblottothethird
@tierneystudio
@winkandwonder
@mattvergotis
@stefankunz
@letteringcamp
@bysarahkim
@lissletters
@jennyhighsmith
@amandaarneill
@iamlynati
@handlettereddesign
@erin_nielson

(And that's the short list)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

March Wallpapers

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.

Oops!


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.