Abstract Art + Lettering on Wood with Walnut Hollow

Abstract Art + Lettering on Wood with Walnut Hollow

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!

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When Should I Pick Up My Brush Pen?

When Should I Pick Up My Brush Pen?

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! 

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My Brit + Co Class: Beautiful Lettering Layouts

My Brit + Co Class: Beautiful Lettering Layouts

Helllllo all! Today's blog post is really fun and exciting because I'm sharing my experience filming a lettering class with Brit + Co in San Francisco!

In January, I had the opportunity to fly to California to film this class with my *dream* people. Brit + Co is such a prolific company in the DIY and blogging world, not only providing free content for their readers, but contracting teachers in alllll kinds of fields to teach a class on something their readers want to learn. 

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My DIY Camera Set-Up for Filming and Flat Lays

My DIY Camera Set-Up for Filming and Flat Lays

Hey y'all! Today, I am sharing a much-requested video and blog post about my DIY, affordable (aka: kind of ugly) camera set-up. 

When I first purchased my Canon camera for filming tutorial videos and classes, I quickly discovered that just a tripod (albeit a really nice one) simply wasn't cutting the mustard for filming a bird's eye view of my desk for both videos and flat lays. 

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Easy Watercolor Cactus Illustration

Easy Watercolor Cactus Illustration

Hey y'all! I'm back on the blog (after almost two months...wow.) with a brand new watercolor illustration tutorial. You may have noticed that I've been posting video tutorials now instead of my previous photo format. This is for two reasons: it's a better learning experience for you, and a much easier teaching experience for me! And that's why I'm so excited for today's Cactus illustration----it's EASY PEASY BABY.

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Tombow Techniques: 2 MORE Unique Effects

Tombow Techniques: 2 MORE Unique Effects

Almost ONE year ago, I posted 3 unique effects I loved achieving using my collection of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. This simple blog post has since gone somewhat viral on Pinterest. I truly can't believe my eyes every time I log into Pinterest, seeing so many people pin this blog post to their "lettering tips" board.... especially since the original blog post was done so early into my lettering journey, thus the quality being very poor in comparison to where I am today.

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How to Make Traceable, Printable Worksheets Using ProCreate!

How to Make Traceable, Printable Worksheets Using ProCreate!

Recently, in my private Facebook group, The Unexpected Letterers (you can request to join here), there was some discussion about how to create traceable, printable worksheets without using Adobe Illustrator. I thought this was an excellent discussion, because so many of my creative friends don't have the time or money to invest in programs like Illustrator or Photoshop.....but they do have an iPad Pro.

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How To Add Dimensional Shadows to Your Lettering

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Recently, I have been trying not to neglect my Dual Brush Pens so much! I've got a beautiful collection of them in my office, and I'm not using them nearly enough.

 SIDENOTE: This is how I store my most-used Tombows!

SIDENOTE: This is how I store my most-used Tombows!

In the spirit of paying lots of loving attention to my dual brush pens, I was playing around with how to add easy shadows to my lettering that goes beyond just adding a dark line. I wanted to add dimension, but I didn't want it to be difficult. 

And I came up with a little system that works for me, and, in my opinion, looks pretty good! 

All you need to create this look is...

Watch this short video tutorial on how I'm creating dimensional shadows to take my lettering up a notch or two!

What did you think about the video? Are you going to try this technique? Leave a comment below and tell me! I would love to hear from you!

4 Tricks for Better Brush Lettering with the Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip

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Hey y'all! Lately, I've been thinking video is a way more effective method of teaching you all my tips and tricks! So, that's what I decided to go with this week. 

Today, I'm sharing my Top 4 Tricks for better brush lettering (on the first try) with my all-time favorite pen, the Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip!

I encourage you to watch the video below, before scrolling down for a full list of supplies and some extra details on using these tricks effectively!

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1. Re-trace Directly On Top of Your Initial Pencil Sketch

This is one of my tried and true methods for getting my lettering to fit together like little puzzle pieces. Like I mention in the video, I've been lettering for two years....don't get discouraged if this trick doesn't work for you, or if you takes you a bit longer to develop the 'second sense' for letter/word placement. It is something that truly comes with time, experience, and lots of experimentation!

2. Save your more troublesome strokes for last!

I'm always shaky from too much coffee consumption! Therefore, I save my more difficult strokes (usually upstrokes or elaborate tails on my y's and g's), until last. But what really makes this a 'trick' is that I turn my paper completely sideways or upside down, where I can still pull my pen in a downward motion. However, even though I'm technically making a 'downstroke,' I apply minimum pressure with my pen so that my stroke looks like a totally normal upstroke. No one knows but me :)

3. Use a Fine Liner to clean up rough edges

If the second trick doesn't quite work for you, that's fine! This one will solve that. Use a fine liner pen like a Micron or a Tombow Mono Drawing Pen to clean up your rough edges. Take your time doing this, though! Any wrong moves, and everyone might figure out your secret!

4. Get yourself an artist grade eraser!

This one is a game changer! As you can see, I like to letter directly on top of my sketch, as opposed to using a lightbox...even though I still use one of those too. But, I'm able to get such a clean final product by using an artist grade eraser when I'm ready to get rid of those pencil marks. A regular eraser just doesn't do the trick quite like one that is meant for artists! Trust me on this one....I have an 'Eraser Round-Up' here you can refer to if you need some suggestions.

Ok, y'all! That's it for this week. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these tricks, and whether or not they work for you. Do you have some tricks of your own? I want to hear about that, too!