Firstly, let me say thank you to all of you who have been so encouraging to me since I went public with my little blog. Your sweet comments and likes really enliven my zeal to keep on creating. So, thank you!
Second, since going public with my little blog I’ve received a few questions. Two of the main inquires have been the following: Number one, what is it that you actually do? And number two, how in the world do you actually do it? So, with this post I’d like to answer these questions briefly.
What I do is generally known as hand lettering. Simply, it is the art of lettering/drawing letters. Strictly, it is not calligraphy nor is it typography. Nor is it anything new. Before the digital age and before modern sign production, everything from storefront signs to billboards to grocery store posters was hand lettered and, in my opinion, each was its own amazing work of art. Now, fast forward to the present and that type of art is making a comeback…..which is a very exciting thing for someone like me who has always loved “playing” with her letters.
It was a couple of years ago (I think) when I first started transitioning out of my rubber-stamping hobby to my current one, and I haven’t looked back. I began lettering diligently with various pens and papers, even trying my hand at calligraphy via nib and ink. I loved doing that and I learned a lot. Then one day I came across a video of someone lettering on an iPad. I couldn’t believe it! Digital/electronic hand lettering! It looked beautiful and magical and I wanted in, so off to the Apple Store I went (because there they’ll let you play with their products before you make your million dollar purchase). 😉
Long story short, and a few dollars later, these days I almost exclusively letter on my 12.9″ iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil and an app called Procreate. I NEVER use fonts or clip art. Everything I create is of my own accord. It is always lettered or drawn by my hand. And that is the short version of what I do and how I do it. 😁