Lately I've been all about graphic t-shirts, but I've also been all about saving money. And because I don't own a Cricut or a Silhouette machine, I can't make cute vinyl t-shirts with my own lettering/designs like I see so many of my crafty friends doing on Instagram!
Lately, I've been playing with various ways to bring my two favorite forms of art together: "abstract" acrylic painting and lettering. Lots of artists I follow on Instagram do this brilliantly (my favorite being Caroline of Made Vibrant), but I am searching for my own brand of art that mixes these two loves of mine!
With the help of some gorgeous Walnut Hollow pieces, I am getting closer and closer to finding my favorite new style!
Today, I'm talking must-have beginner brush lettering supplies. There are really only a few things you need to get started in brush lettering, and guess what: it won't break your break if you decide brush lettering isn't your thing!
Today, I am giving *my answer* to a question I receive A.LOT. And that is: when should I lift my pen? Is there a rule? What's the deal?
Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind when I began lettering almost 3 years ago. I immediately approached lettering with a 'I'm going to hold my pen and use the pen however I want as long as it looks good at the end' kind of thought process. And while that is a flawed thought process in some ways, in other ways, it has helped me develop my own style in the end, and I'm thankful for that!
I've heard of letterers using Crayola Markers for a while, but I always kind of thought...meh, I don't really care to try that. However, I was recently perusing the craft section of my local grocery store and I saw the prettiest set of Crayola Supertips Markers and some of the colors just called out to me. So I picked them up and tested them out!
I've always been fascinated with the idea of keeping an art journal, but the perfectionist in me was hesitant to start one. What if I totally mess up a page? What if I can't keep up with it regularly? What if I can't find a way to write down what I did that day in a way that's totally cute and cool and Instagram-worthy?