From the time I was a wee girl, I've loved to write.
Whatever you want to call it…I mostly consider myself a doodler. Mother can do calligraphy, but I really prefer a little more free flowing style. I have wanted to learn the correct techniques so then I could (like every artist) develop my own style. I've used the Schaeffer fountain style calligraphy pens and they didn't do a whole lot for me. You can see what lettering styles I like here on Pinterest. Somewhere I was turned on to the oblique pen staff for calligraphy and have been on the hunt for one. On our road trip I discovered a fabulous art supply store in Little Rock called Art Outfitters. Jackpot!
They had the pen, nice selection of calligraphy products and were super helpful. (I actually went into the place for linoleum and carving tools) I even met Kerry who is over the Calligraphy Guild of Arkansas– she gave me a quick demo of the pen and was so informative! I just love crossing paths with folks. I hope to catch a workshop sometime soon!
So I wanted to play and I played all night long!!!
I only had some cotton envelopes (bought on clearance so I didn't feel too bad using them) that took the ink nicely so I practiced (and practiced) on those. Oh my gosh…I'm in love. Add this to my creative to do list…want to letter some quotes and pretties to make prints with.
I purchased the Speedball 101 nib, ink and the oblique staff. She also recommended using Permanent White gouache for lettering white on black. Hello…will try!!!
I'm so excited about incorporating this into my other lettering projects. I'm creating an album of lettering love over on the sidebar to share sketches and finished works…since many of my sketches will probably never be finished! LOL!
This piece is something I completely handlettered and you can see the process from sketch to finished pieces …thanks to Instagram (follow me janna_wilson)
This is the inked sketch in my sketchbook. I handlettered everything. I did not visually reference/trace/look at any fonts. My tool kit includes: a straight edge, a Staedtler lead holder, and a variety of Micron pens, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
I don't have a scanner right now so I just snap a pic with the iPhone and open it up in Illustrator. I trace the drawing and clean/straighten it up. I use a Wacom tablet which makes the process tons faster.
I did this for a giveaway at church. I printed the vector drawing on a linen background and framed.
Then I made a shirt (which I happen to be wearing right now). I don't have a heat press so I flubbed this a bit.
And finally (oh look there's my toes) I converted this to a chalk style image with Photoshop and it is available for purchase in my Etsy shop!