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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!
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!
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!
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!
Creating your own hand lettered blog header is a lot easier than it sounds. Plus, it's fun! There's something super rewarding in getting your hands dirty and creating your own blog graphics. There are a lot of hand lettering styles you can try to create your blog header. For this tutorial, I'll be working with the popular handwritten style, because I think it's a great personalized option for lifestyle blogs. Learn how to add black and white lettering, or even colorize your work to match your blog's color scheme!
You love the idea of hand lettering and calligraphy. Maybe you want to include your handwriting on some of your blog graphics, or maybe you just want to be able to send a handwritten thank you note that looks like it was written by an adult. But your handwriting is less-than-pleasing looking. In fact, it may be downright atrocious. Here are practical tips for how to improve your handwriting.
In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how thinking critically about your letterforms is a great way to save time, while simultaneously making your uppercase font feel more cohesive.
Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own font? Creating a font is easier than you think. You can learn how to create a font by reading this post. I'll walk you through how to use Glyphs and Illustrator to make your own hand-drawn font that you can use for personal use or to sell for profit!
In this post, I'll teach you my favorite way of digitizing my doodles and lettering by using Image Trace in Illustrator. It's a great way to capture the quirkiness that comes inherently with hand lettering while still allowing it to be scaled up to any size without losing image quality, since your result is vectorized art.
Create 3D hand lettered text with personality. Follow along with this step by step tutorial in Photoshop and Illustrator to achieve a fun effect.
The hand drawn, brush calligraphy style Paperweight Font is available for free and for commercial purchase. A couple of other exciting announcements for Hello Brio Studio, too.
A step by step tutorial on how to use the pen tool in Illustrator to digitize hand lettering projects and take a quick doodle to a finished piece.
The perfect custom gift for the child or adult illustrator, cartoonist, or artist in your life who has it all.