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.
As much as this blog is about creativity and creating things, I find that it’s easier create when you’re organised. Yes, planning sounds dull and “ugh” but it can be fun! So today, I’ll be showing you how I get organised — with my bullet journal. With everything in one planner, I’ve my thoughts at my fingertips — literally! And that way, it’s really easy for me to figure out where I can fit in time to be creative.
If you haven’t already, this video and this infographic summarise what a bullet journal is pretty well. But long story short, a bullet journal is a planner system. More than that, it’s my brain, and what I cannot live without. Besides air, food, water and lettering, that is!
Every last weekend of the month, I scour the Internet for Instagram challenges. They are what fills my Instagram feed, of course. It is an integral part of my blogging life, yes. But more importantly, these challenges keep me creating.
Lettering and paper crafts are probably two of the biggest things I blog about here on Lyssy Creates. And why not? They are amazingly fun do and you can do it nearly anywhere. The mobile-friendly aspect of this is what brought me to write this post. I want to challenge you to letter something for a complete stranger — to create a bunch of pay it forward cards and gift them.
I know our pieces can be like our babies, but here’s why I think you should do it.
Yes, your environment does affect your creativity! That’s why we have vision boards and mood boards. Especially if you’re a visual person, having a well-organised and freshly decorated creative space works wonders.
No matter how motivational that quote you stuck on your wall is, you’re going to forget it exists after a few months — weeks even. We like new. When it’s old and we’re used to its presence, it starts to fade into the background. Besides, words that were inspirational in January may no longer be inspirational today.
And that’s okay. You changed.
So change your space with you! There are three key areas to your space. All it takes is 15 minutes to quickly refresh your space and prod your creativity out of a funk.