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.
Light colored Marker (I used yellow)
Paper towel and cleaner
The first thing I did was clean the pumpkin, make sure not to skip this step. This gives you a clean surface to paint on, its already hard enough to paint on something not flat. Do your self a favor and make sure its nice and clean before you start drawing. Next I sketched out my idea on the pumpkin, I used a light yellow marker, because it will wash off after the paint is dry and will not interfere with my lettering.
You could also use a pen but I am not sure it will come off as easy as a marker.
Tip: you can print words off of your computer that you like and then stencil it onto the pumpkin to give a clean professional look.
After I had it all sketched out I took my paint brush and started painting with the gold paint.
You can use any type of paint or even a permanent marker if you would rather use a marker.
Tip: use a permanent or paint marker to create your lettering, it will be easier to use on the round surface of the pumpkin.
Let your paint dry and you are finished! The end product adds a little bit of personality to your front porch!
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. We recently launched our Etsy shop and you can purchase this print here. Check out my work below.
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 out of it by lettering the name of the spice on the clear part.
Permanent marker, I used a chalk marker because I wanted the lettering to be white.
Magnetic spice tins ($1 each at dollar tree or you can purchase on Amazon)
I did the lettering free hand but if you are having troubles getting it to look good you can always find a font you like and print a label or copy the font over to your tins. I suggest using Creative Market to find lovely fonts that fit well with this DIY.
This is a super simple DIY that is easy and fun to do, I set my magnets on the side of the refrigerator since I have a lot of open space. You can also purchase a metal strip to place them on If you purchase the tins from Amazon it comes with the metal for you. It brings a little bit of personality into your kitchen and it makes finding spices a lot easier!
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 of the small details out of the way early. When Thanksgiving gets closer and things get more hectic you can have extra time for getting that turkey perfectly cooked.
On the front of the cards is the watercolor birds and leaves and on the back is a “I am thankful for..” section that lets your guest jot down a couple of things they are really thankful for this year. The cards are designed to be cut out in one piece and folded in half like a little tent so they can stand on their own.
Below are the front and back of the cards.
The font I used is below, if you want the same font that I used you will need to download this free font and insert the names that you want on the name cards. You can also just write in the names with a marker to make them more personal.
The watercolor birds and twigs that I used also are free on creative market if you want to make something with them or add more to your place cards this is where you can find them.
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 looks so beautiful, its magical. I have seen couples do white lettering on a mirror for their wedding seating chart, so that is where I got the idea.
All it takes is a white paint marker, a mirror, and you have your self an awesome piece of art. I used a dry erase marker to do my sketch and get the layout correct and then just a regular white paint marker for the rest.
Its fun to find unique things to letter on, there are so many things that you can use. A mirror is a great option, and its really easy to work with. I will continue to search for cool canvases to use for my lettering, and hopefully will post many more projects like these.
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 a lettering piece. When I figure out the final piece I want to make, I create it on tracing paper because it’s transparent and easy to tape into a book. I know if you are a book lover you probably are cringing right now because I used the word tape and book together. I used washi tape and it’s not sticky enough to damage the book in anyway, even if the pages are very thin like in my example piece, it still didn’t damage the book.
This is really fun to do because when you go back and re-read the book you have art that you have created that has been inspired by what you read in the book. It also gives you a deeper connection with what you have read. You could do an art piece without words to change it up a bit too. I think there are so many fun ways you could take this and it would turn out amazing.
Tip: Make sure to tape as close to the middle as you can so you can still read what is behind your art when its flipped over.
I used this method on my journaling Bible that I just purchased, because I had the issue of the actual area they give you for journaling is quite small. If I were to do lettering or art in that area, like I wanted to, it wouldn’t be big enough. So, I will be using those areas for what it was intended for, notes and such, and then using the transparent paper for my art. Its really nice to use tracing paper because it is so smooth, thin and light it’s not going to damage the book in any way and you can flip through easily without it all falling apart on you. Also you can take it out later if you don’t like it, and re-make another piece. You could use any type of paper whatever you are comfortable with, just make sure to use tape that will not damage your book. I like how smooth markers go on the tracing paper, and I can use my original sketch underneath to make sure my final piece is exactly how I want it to be.
Tip: Use markers on the tracing paper to get best results!
This could be done on any book and if you are a student in school it could be a way of helping you remember the story if you are doing a book report or just studying a textbook.
In school I loved taking notes and making pictures to help me remember. A lot of people connect through their eyes and creating things, so I think this is another way to eternalize something in our minds. I wish I would have done this in school I think it would have helped me a lot with staying focused and remembering things and would have kept my notes more organized.
If you are a creative person you should try this out and see how it works for you. I also think this would be a great project for students or kids. Let me know what you think about this method and if you try it out please share your experience with it. Enjoy!
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 frame too, so when I go to switch them out I will be able to compare to my older work. It will, hopefully, be encouraging.
The quote I used was:
“Creativity takes Courage”
– Henri Matisse
As I was lettering it I was thinking about the quote and what he meant and what it means to me.
Henri was an artist, and this quote I think resonates with everyone. Anyone who is trying to put something out in the world that they created, knows it takes courage. Because of this a lot of people don’t put out work. Even the best artist have done this. I do this all of the time, because I am too consumed with what others may think. Ironically what makes me want to be an artist the most is because they have enough courage to go out there and do what they want to do.
Now, I think you do have to be careful, I am not talking about doing illegal things(and I hope what I am saying here is not misinterpreted or taken out of context), I am talking about pushing to put out beautiful things that you have created and sharing them with the world. Even if your world is just a few people who read your blog.
I have been mulling over this for awhile (all my life). I’m sharing the following with you in hopes that it will encourage you, I am not looking for sympathy in any way. I have recently been going through my thought process and have noticed this to be a big issue for me. I am writing on this blog to share my experiences and my thoughts as I go through my hand lettering adventures and it’s keeping me accountable and pushing me to be better.
I have always been “shy” or whatever people wanted to label me as. To be completely honest, the problem I have is, I care too much about what others think. In school I wouldn’t give into peer pressure or anything like that, so I never thought I had this problem. I didn’t care if people in high school or college liked me or not. I did care, however, if my family liked me or if my employers liked me, and that is why I followed the rules. I followed the rules of the people I respected. I honestly think that’s a good thing, except for when it gets to the point where I am crippled by the idea of doing anything because I am afraid to mess up or do something wrong. It also leaves you with zero confidence.
I know lots of people who have to deal with this, I hope (if you struggle with this) you are able to push through the issue. I am not blaming anyone for this other than myself, and being human. I think this is an easy thing for anyone to fall into. Don’t be paralyzed by things like this, and if you are you should be seriously evaluating the way you are thinking, or be talking it through with someone else that can help.
If you need someone to talk to about this leave a comment and I will contact you. I really would like to encourage all of the artist out there to keep practicing and pushing through even if you are not in love with the work you’re putting out, practice makes progress.