28 May 2015

Addicted to Hand-Lettering

You may know that I'm an Illustrator and that I love to draw animals, plants, patterns and occasionally people, however you may not know that I have been hiding a deep, dark secret...I'm totally addicted to hand-lettering.

I used to hate typography; I thought that I was absolutely terrible at it and got very grumpy whilst doing a type project when I was at university.  These negative feelings have since changed, mainly due to all of the absolutely beautiful hand-lettered prints I've seen over on Etsy and Pinterest inspiring me and making me want to see if I'd be able to do this myself.

I started my Wednesday Words series as a way to try and push myself and improve my typography skills, but it quickly became evident that that wasn't enough.  I found myself scribbling away more often that I ever thought I would, writing random words that popped into my head (a lot of food themes embarrassingly).  I've managed to fill rather a lot of pages in my sketchbook with these words and phrases and I don't seem to want to stop anytime soon.

As with any skill, practise makes perfect and I've definitely noticed an improvement in this hand-lettering journey of mine.  I recently created a custom illustration with a hand-lettered name.  I'm seriously considering adding this as a product to my shop and potentially listing custom name cards too, as I found the whole process of lettering and illustrating patterns surprisingly relaxing and rewarding.  This is an addiction that I really don't feel bad in indulging!

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  1. I wish I had nice handwriting or the patient to do something like this!
    Shaguna
    gold&hearts

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    1. It helps to do something else at the same time like listening to a podcast or watching something on Netflix. I just write over and over and over and eventually I get a feel for the style I want. x

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  2. They look fabulous! I wish I could do this, I really love how hand lettering looks! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  3. I also went through this hand lettering addiction last year but I think I might get back into it because I did really enjoy it

    Leanne | oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Very inspiring! This is one of my goals too.
    www.tscarlett.com

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    1. Thanks :) You should definitely give it a go x

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  5. I love Hand lettering, even if it doesn't turn out quite how I would like I enjoy the process. All of these look fun and worthy of being in the shop :) xx

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    1. Yes exactly, it can be very therapeutic. Thanks! That's very reassuring :D x

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