October’s coming up and you know what that means? Wedding season and Christmas season are coming soon! In light of that, I’m going to be sharing a series of DIY lettering tutorials for gifts. I’ve been hard at work experimenting with different techniques and materials, and I can’t wait to share it all with you.
But that’s all next week. Before we get into that, I want to show you you I organise lettering projects, so I don’t get swamped — and you don’t too!
P.S. You can use this for any craft project. Mine are just largely lettering-related 😉
Somehow, September has become Brush Pen Calligraphy 101 month! Which is pretty cool. So far, we’ve covered supplies and the 8 basic strokes, plus some big mistakes to avoid, so today, it’s time to start actually drawing some letters and learn the brush pen calligraphy alphabet.
Okay, first things first… If you don’t have an extra $30 to spend on lettering supplies, close this window. You can absolutely do brush lettering with a $2 pen (Pentel Fude anyone?) and any scrap paper you have lying around!
But if — and only if — you had an extra $30 to spend on lettering supplies… Well, here are my top picks for investing in. (Hint: they are not all brush pens!)
One thing I want to do here on Lyssy Creates is to save your time. We are all crazy busy people, so if I can save you a little time, I want to do that — starting right here with the lettering mistakes you can avoid as a budding lettering artist.
Let’s be real: we only have 24 hours in a day. If we actually get 8 hours of slaeep in, that’s 1/3 of the day gone. Factor in work, meals and commute time, and the remaining time is paltry at best. Where on earth then, can we find time to practice lettering?
But practice makes progress.
That’s the only way you’re going to improve. There is no magic potion — if there were, I’d definitely be writing a post about it. Something like “Need to get good at lettering? Here’s a magic potion (recipe inside)!”
The problem is time. But here’s the good news: you can make lettering practice time.
I’m backkkkkk~ I know I’ve been away for quite a while, but well — family emergency, increase in workload, plus graduation… I’ve been swamped! But I’m back now, and it’s going to be nothing but lettering (brush pen calligraphy!) and related art and tech tutorials every Wednesday on out.
So this week, this post answers the burning question everyone has asked at least one: just how the *bleep* do you get those thin upstrokes?!
I realised recently I blog about lettering a lot — a big part of that is because I truly believe it’s an amazing creative outlet. You can do mini projects and practice on-the-go so… Why not? But I also realised that apart from the one blog post on the 8 basic strokes of brush lettering, I don’t really talk about learning lettering very much.
I’m 6 months into my own lettering journey, and lately, I’ve been thinking about what could have made my lettering journey easier and it hit me on the head: Wouldn’t it be awesome to have traceable practice sheets that helped you learn and develop your own style?
That’s when I started planning and creating the Whisk Lettering Guide. I know there are so many out there — I even have some in my free resource library — but Whisk is different.
This weekend project comes a little early this week because I’ve an exciting announcement coming on Saturday! Spoiler alert: It’s lettering-related. Just like today’s tutorial on how to create your very own typography print, in brush lettering style.
One of the things you can do with lettering is to make your own wall decor by creating a typography print and either framing it, or simply sticking it on the wall.
But it’s not as easy as grabbing a sheet of paper and simply lettering.
Maybe I’m picky, but I’m rarely happy with my first copy of nearly any DIY typography print. So for people like you and me, I broke down my process, step by step, so you can create your own letter art print too! Each step either takes 10 minutes or less, or it is something that you can easily drop and come back to later.
Lettering is great — you learn how to write beautifully. But then what? Instead of letting it be a white elephant, there are some very practical ways to incorporate lettering in your life, and that’s the whole point of this post. Here are 6 brush letter art ideas you can incorporate in your daily life.
I’ve talked about brush lettering tools before, but those were my recommendations for beginners. My brush pen collection is ever-growing, and now that I’ve broken the 50-pen mark with over 10 different pens… I present to you the ultimate brush pen review.