Sometimes we begin momentous things without even realizing it… in November of 2008, when I picked up a Pigma® Micron® pen and began to draw patterned monograms, I had absolutely no idea that Zenspirations® would result. I just knew that I loved the interaction of ink on paper, and was delighted to be experimenting with a tool I hadn’t used before. I love to letter! It’s such an integral part of my work that I want to encourage you to incorporate hand-lettered, inspiring sentiments into your designs. So tonight, I’m going to share some of my favorite lettering styles with you, and since I get a lot of questions about what tools I prefer, I’ll tell you what I use— and where you can get them.
As many of you know, I am an unabashed fan of all the products that Sakura makes. I love the quality and variety of awesome tools, and am impressed that they pioneer innovative inks and other products. I like their tools so much that I actually filmed a video a few years ago called “Sakura Fanatic”
HOW TO WRITE A LOWER CASE ITALIC ALPHABET:
SIMPLE UPPER CASE ITALIC ALPHABET:
ITALIC SWASH CAPITALS:
You can click HERE to get to the video section of my website.
I’d love to see some of YOUR lettering, and have set up a folder in the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB group where you can post your lettering creations. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1471158256528576/.
If you enjoy lettering, and would like me to share other styles, please leave a comment to let me know what type of lettering you’d most like to see:
*more broad-edged pen
Before closing tonight, I’d like to say “WOW!” I am delighted with all of the beautifully rendered images of the coloring pages I’ve posted the past couple of weeks. It will be REALLY hard to pick which ones to include as inspiration samples in Expressions of Nature. But it was easy to pick the winners of the contest— I gave my intern all the names and he ran them through his random name generating software. Congratulations to:
Genna Stead Wangsness, who won DO Magazine’s first TWO issues;
Wanda Smith Radler, who won a copy of my inspirational gift book, With God All Things Are Possible; and
Jamie Torres, who won a A copy of Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern & Play Birds & Butterflies book!
Ladies, please send me your addresses so I can get you your prizes.
For those of you who enjoy Dangles, I wanted share a Believe Dangle design with you:
I created it as a holiday card last year, and it is one of my favorite designs. I hope you’ll try your hand at lettering & Dangling– I BELIEVE that I will see some awesome things posted!