Watercolor Words Project

Most of you have seen my home library. What you don’t see is the boxes of books in storage waiting for space on those shelves. One of those boxes is full of mini sized book and the box behind that is full of broken books. Books too cool to throw out but too damaged to…

Creative Abandon with Signs

So I may be in a slump with writing. I’ve got ideas and words are being written but a Twitter fight has left me a bit scared to share my stories. THIS IS AWFUL. I mean why am I so upset? Mostly because the fight wasn’t rational, it wasn’t even about what was IN my…

Lettering on White Pumpkins

It is time to decorate for fall! Pumpkins are the perfect way to make your front porch look amazing.  I picked out a white pumpkin to do some lettering on for the fall season and I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks I found along the way. Supplies: Light colored Marker (I…

Hand Lettering Project

I just finished reading the first Harry Potter book and I had to do a lettering piece inspired by the book!  If you are ever trying to add something special to your lettering try adding a little color by painting with watercolor or gouache.  It is so much fun to work watercoloring into a lettering project….

Dollar Store Diy Spice Magnets

I was shopping at the dollar tree again (I know I am there far too often!) and I found these magnetic tins.  They reminded me of the magnetic spice tins but they were selling them to hold paperclips and other office supplies.  I thought it would be a great Idea to make a spice tin…

Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Name cards

I use Creative Market a lot for fonts and other things for design and this week they have some amazing free downloads.  I used them to create name cards that you can download and use for Thanksgiving this year.  I know what your thinking, Thanksgiving is so far away, but its good to get some…

Lettering on a Mirror = Magic

I stopped by the local salvation army to look for any good finds for lettering projects and I found this amazing round mirror for 49 cents! I decided that it was a PERFECT canvas for a lettering project and I wanted to share it with you all. White lettering on a mirror for some reason…

Times OLD Roman

Ancient script brings a whole new level to the term hand lettering. These letters are literally chiseled out of marble and still around today. Talk about longevity of work. Traveling around Rome I took pictures of as many samples of ancient text I could find. Here are a few from the coliseum, forum, museums, and…

Hand Lettering: In Books

On one of my past blog post Quotes, I talked about how much I love lettering quotes that I find.  I came up with an idea on how to do something a little different with lettering.  When I am reading through a book and I find a quote that I love I start creating Ideas for…

DIY Pom Pom Art

Have you seen the hand woven wall hangings all over Pinterest and Etsy? These beautiful pieces are HARD to make, well at least for me, I tried and failed.   So I thought I would try something way more simple! Okay, remember making mini pom poms out of yarn by wrapping around a fork when you…

Quotes

  I love hand lettering quotes, I have a whole Pinterest board of quotes that I use to practice with.  Today I wanted to share with you a piece I made for our guest bedroom.  I plan on changing out the art as I progress.  I am going to keep the old pieces in the…

Inspiration: Antiques

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and I wanted to share with you how I stumbled upon some great inspiration for my lettering over the holiday.  On a trip back to Michigan my family and I visited an antique store.  While I was there I found a huge amount of lettering inspiration that I wanted to…

10 Steps for Working with an Illustrator

Maybe your story is like mine. You’ve submitted a children’s book to several publishers without pictures and have had no response. Lets be real can a picture book really make an impact without pictures? Maybe… Maybe not… So after reading through the Children’s Writers Market I’ve decided to try again, except with the pictures included….

Hand Lettering Heroes

Today I wanted to share with you some of the people I look up to most in the Hand Lettering World.  There are lots of different kinds of Hand lettering out there, from sign painters to calligraphers and everything in between.  This is my list of my top 5 Hand Lettering Heroes.  I have been…

Hand Lettering Tool Guide

For all my lettering friends out there, I made a list of  tools I use for hand lettering.  I called it a guide because I think there are a lot of good products out there and a lot of different brands that work great.  These tools are not “magic” and will not make your lettering…

Gift Guide: The Artist

Are you looking for a gift for the artistic/creative person in your life? Here is a list that I came up with of some amazing gifts that they would love to get! Coloring Book! of course Artist love coloring! Sometimes we need to do something creative that is more laid back and doesn’t require so…

DIY: Blog Headers

Do you want to create a blog header that is unique to you?  In this post I will teach you how to make a great header using Photoshop and your own art. What you will need: -Photoshop (or you can use a free editor like Gimp) -Paint (I used Watercolor) -Brushes -Paper -Water Have fun…

DIY Hand Lettered Globe

DIY: Hand Lettered Globe My inspiration for this piece was from a globe that Anthropologie sells.  Its so CUTE! The first time I saw these globes, I just whispered to myself “someday”.  I said that because someday I want to be able to create stuff as cool as this, and someday afford items as expensive…