Most of us already keep sources of inspiration in a number of places—I know we all have Pinterest boards dedicated to calligraphy and lettering, and Instagram saves and screen shots galore. This first step in the Letter Better series (don’t forget to read the introduction), is to start a central collection for all lettering inspiration. First, I’ll give you two reasons why you should consider doing this, and then we’ll talk about how.Read More
This January, I wrapped up a big project—creating seven custom A2 greeting cards for Great Northern University here in Spokane, WA. Especially fun was the creative freedom to propose quotes from Scripture, the church fathers, and other believers. They needed to be black and white for economic printing fees. I also created two separate versions of each card—one version with full bleed (printing all the way to the edge) for professional printing, and one version with margins that could be printed in-house on Avery templates or regular card stock.
Every card is either primarily or entirely custom hand-lettered/calligraphed for this project!Read More
Is it possible for an artist to really “arrive”? Maybe there is some unicorn out there that thinks they’ve achieved it all—but I sincerely doubt it. The reality is that, veteran or beginner, we’re all constantly learning and getting better! Social media like Instagram and Pinterest almost guarantees that. We see others’ work, and realize, there’s so much out there that we don’t yet know how to do!
So, how do we continue to grow as artists, specifically in the realm of calligraphy and hand lettering?Read More
Even though whiteboards are nowhere near my most favorite medium, there’s something fun and relaxing about having a giant canvas—and filling it all the way up. Though I’ve been doing roughly 3-5 whiteboard designs every year for my church over the last three years, I think this might be only the second time I’ve filled it all the way to the edges. I really enjoyed the fun borders and decorative elements!
It takes a lot for me to want to break way from black and white, mostly because whiteboard markers are always insanely bright, neon colors!Read More
As somebody who has been collecting bullet journaling inspiration for years, I’ve found that most “bujo” enthusiasts and their pretty spreads fall into five major categories or personalities, each with their very own strengths and pitfalls. Though there’s definitely no wrong way to bullet journal, finding out which personality you lean toward can help you leverage your bullet journal to its greatest potential and minimize its weaknesses.
So far, I’ve discussed my own bullet journaling personality, The Minimalist; a personality I admire very much, The Scrapbooker; and today, I’d like to talk about The Artist—the personality I’d be, if clean lines and white space weren’t even more my jam.Read More