Tutorials, downloads, and design discussions, oh my!
This post will be all about materials you may need to get started. Obviously this list will accordion based on what you already have, but I wanted this post to be a one-stop-shop for materials you may absolutely pick up in order to get started on the right foot.
Can blogging be considered writing? Or is it just graffiti and trash?
So you're in Procreate and you want to make your own color palette. Or even easier, you want to import a color palette from a cool site like design-seeds.com. To summarize, you'll import your design-seeds palette, then use the eyedropper tool to create a palette. Here are those instructions in-depth if you need more help.
I'm so excited to present this roundup of information to you. I've made a few friends I've made through Skillshare and I'd love to know what advice they can give to newbies.
If you aren't sure you want to post a Skillshare class yet, take a tip from these 5 ladies, and know that success can come to you via Skillshare.
In no particular order, here are responses from some of the most talented Skillshare teachers.
In a soundbite and popcorn-brain technology-driven world, it can be difficult to be able to focus and to generate high quality content for your blog, especially when writing or mapping out a project plan or outline for something. While it's taken me quite a long time to be able to perfect my own blogging workflow, the process I've developed has been incredibly helpful for productivity. (Note: I know my process is far from perfect, but it's miles from where I started.)
I've been working on this for a while, and now I'm happy to report that my ebook, Getting Started with Brush Lettering, is now available via print!
In my newest tutorial I walk you through how to create a color palette quickly using a photo. Learn how to find the best colors of a photo, then pull those colors into a downloadable Photoshop template that will automatically calculate beautiful tints (lighter colors) of the colors you choose.
A lot matters with your blog's SEO. Knowing how to implement SEO best practices can help your blog rank higher in search results. You put in a ton of work to write awesome posts, so it's best to go the extra mile and make sure your post is well-suited to get discovered by search engines! In this post, I talk about the importance of content, regularity, keywords, titles, headings, length, links, images, and networking in terms of good SEO for your blog.
It's super easy and so fun to create your own coloring book page! I just launched this course on Skillshare: make sure to check it out and enroll in my newest Skillshare class. This can be whatever you want it to be. For my coloring book page, I started by hand lettering my newborn son's name with block lettering. All I used to do this was a Sharpie marker and printer paper. Then I began to add illustrative and doodle-y details with the sharpie. Next up is digitizing, vectorizing, printing, and finally coloring!
Here's a small tour showing you what my desk looks like now. Later in the post I share my past workspaces, too. They all vary on art and technology, but the goal is always the same: have a minimal and clean desk that is functional to whatever I may be working on at the time (whether it's 100% computer work or 50% computer and 50% art supplies!).
There are so many things you can do with watercolor backgrounds: hand letter on top of them, cut them out and make some mixed media art, digitize them and use them as watercolor textures, and more. In this video I'll show you a few methods to create easy watercolor backgrounds for your projects, using simple tools that you may already have lying around your house.
300DPI? 72DPI? JPEG? PNG? CMYK? RGB? Inches? Pixels? The possibilities are overwhelming. I've gotten a lot of questions on best practices for creating and saving digital and print files for graphic design. If you're not sure how to save your files for print or digital, this post is for you!
There are lots of happy accidents when it comes to creative work! I'm not sure how I did this, but one day I had my inking Pentel Aquash water brushes out and I also had watercolor out, and I decided to dip the tip of my ink brush into the watercolor. I loved the results and wanted to share with you how I achieve this effect!
Welcome to the second part of my brush pen demo! These pens are less traditional; not all of them were made for brush calligraphy. In fact, most of them are used for illustration, watercolor, or crafts. However, they make up some of my favorite pens to use all the time!
I'm doing something a little different today and sharing how I record and edit videos for Instagram and YouTube. I've gotten a few requests and wanted to show you my setup in case it would help you record fine art videos for your Instagram, YouTube, Periscope and more. Check out the video at the bottom for a demo of the tripod and an overview of my setup; otherwise all of the important info is below!
In today's post and video, I'll demonstrate 9 pens that are more traditional, meaning they were specifically made for brush lettering. Most of these pens only come in black ink, and they range in size from super fine to fine.
In this video tutorial I'll show you a quick tip on how to center your brush calligraphy on your paper. While you can certainly bring your work into your computer and edit it later, sometimes it's nice to get it all done properly in one sitting (especially if you have to—for a commissioned piece or something you want to hang immediately).
In today's post and video I'll show you how to draw joins and letter pairs with brush calligraphy and brush lettering. In previous posts I've talked about basic strokes and drawing individual letters, but now it's time to learn how to join these letters together so you can create beautiful seamless brush calligraphy.
Brush lettering and brush calligraphy is popular these days. Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your craft, here are 9 ways to improve your brush calligraphy. Sometimes even more seasoned brush lettering artists need to go back to basics in order to check in with themselves!
In this week's post and video, I'll show you exactly how I use the Pentel Water Brushes with my watercolor palette. Read the full post for a list of tips for working with these Aquash brushes.
Learn how to make your own watercolor travel palette using a very inexpensive pill case. Watch the video to learn how I made my watercolor travel palette, what colors I used, and also to see it in action!
In this beginner brush lettering post, I will show you how to create each letter of the alphabet based on basic calligraphic strokes. Follow along with the detailed video demonstrations.
In this post, I'll walk you through how to get started with brush lettering. This post includes a video tutorial to help you learn the 8 basic strokes needed to create brush calligraphy letters. These basic strokes are fantastic to learn now, so you can practice them with lettering drills and help to perfect your brushed letters.
Want to learn, develop, and practice brush lettering? Here's a video showing you how to do just that, while using the free cursive handwriting worksheets I shared last week. You can easily start to develop your style by learning 5 new cursive styles, applying brush lettering techniques, and practicing until these letters become committed to your memory.
If watercolor is part of your brand’s aesthetic, it’s important you learn how to use watercolor in a digital form so you can continue to make branded graphics without having to hire a designer. This will save you time, money, and will add another tool to your creative entrepreneur toolbelt!
Learn more about my new Skillshare class, Watercolor Meets Surface Pattern Design. In the class, I walk you through creating motifs on paper and digitizing them. Then, we work to create seamless repeating patterns using the vectorized watercolor motifs. The class stresses the choice of unique, not-your-average motifs—make this class your own and have fun with it!
It’s important for anyone who creates original work to know the basics of copyright law in the United States (check out your county’s individual laws if you’re from outside of the United States). You’ve taken the time to create something unique and original and you don’t want others to just take your work and profit off of it without your permission, right? Of course not! So let’s learn the about copyright law for creatives now, so we can all keep our work protected.
In this week's quick tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make your blog header using existing illustrations/clip art and an existing font. The hand-drawn look is awesome, but I realize not everyone wants to make graphics from scratch!
I'm all about DIY graphics. Hand lettering is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your blog design which will help your blog stand out from the crowd. There are lots of places to use hand lettering in your blog design. Here are some of my favorite ways!