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A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Brush Lettering

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Brush Lettering

Brush lettering is one of the most popular skills amongst artsy people these days, it seems. It’s all over instagram and is one of those things I really wanted to learn but thought I wasn’t any good at. After finding out more about the tools and techniques, I was pleasantly surprised that it’s really not difficult to pick up. While it may take a quite a bit of practice to get that lovely consistency that is a hallmark of brush lettering, the actual principles are pretty simple. The good news is that it is not difficult to learn, has nothing to do with your actual handwriting, and supplies are inexpensive! I love looking at tutorials and examples from several different people, as everyone has their own style of lettering. These are my personal favorite resources that I have used myself to learn the basics of brush lettering.

As usual, Skillshare has plenty of excellent classes to choose from. Brush lettering is the very first thing I ever looked up on Skillshare a few years back (I didn’t even know what it was called then!) and seeing that I could actually watch a class and learn brush lettering is what sold me on the subscription.

Type Stuff: Brush Lettering Made Simple 

The first class I took! This is more an overview of what brush lettering is. It’s not as in depth as some of the other videos, but I enjoy the style and basics you get in this video.

Emma Witte: ABCs of Brush Pen Lettering 

This is another short class, but I love how Emma breaks down each letter into its individual pieces. Her class helped me understand lettering a lot more!

Peggy Dean: Brush Lettering: The Beginner’s Guide 

I recommend Peggy’s videos a lot. There’s a reason she has so many followers on instagram and Skillshare. She’s very talented!

Teela Cunningham: Waterbrush Lettering Essentials 

Teela walks you through how to use a really fun brush lettering tool in this class. She is always very clear in her directions and I love how her projects turn out.

Here are some free youtube videos to get you started!

How To: Calligraphy and Hand Lettering for Beginners 

Basic Strokes (Beginner Calligraphy 101)

I’ve also gotten a lot of help and information from blog posts on this subject. All of these posts include free practice sheets, which are an important part of learning how to form your letters correctly.

This set of practice sheets is excellent! I actually use this one on my iPad in Procreate a lot.

These practice sheets include difficult words and double letters for you to practice.

This blog post is also a full how to post to get you started, as well as including free practice sheets.

Now that you have plenty of resources and beginning points, start lettering! It is so relaxing and it really doesn’t take long for you to start making pretty letters and words, so you can get almost instant gratification.

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Watercolor Florals

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Watercolor Florals

There’s just something about watercolor florals that I will always love. The delicacy of watercolors paired with fresh, sweet flowers is irresistible to me. I know I’m not alone in my love of watercolor florals as they are very popular right now! So, here is a compilation of classes, blogs, and inspiration to get you started on painting beautiful florals.

If you have never painted with watercolors before, see part one of this series!

Classes:

Peggy Dean: Watercolor Loose Florals

I love Peggy Dean’s style, and she is a great teacher. She walks you through her process step by step.

Victoria Johnson: Learn to Create Gestural Florals

Victoria Johnson offers a little bit different style to help you create loose bouquets.

Juliet Meeks: Paint Expressive Florals

I love Juliet Meeks’ flowers. This class is less of a how to, but she shows herself painting different flowers as you follow along at your own pace.

Yao Cheng: Painting Florals

Yao is one of my favorite artists. Being able to watch her class and technique for watercolor florals is a dream come true!

Free Resources:

This is a relaxing video that allows you to observe technique and see how a full painting is arranged.

This is a lovely step by step of painting watercolor peonies! The end result is gorgeous.

Inspiration:

Follow my watercolor board on pinterest for plenty of inspirational pictures and tutorials!

Here are a couple of my favorite floral instagram accounts:

Juliet Meeks Design

Indy Bloom Design

Do you have a favorite resource, tutorial, or class? Share below!

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Watercolor

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Watercolor

One of my main goals with this blog is to encourage others to try to find new creative interests. Growing up, I always longed to have artistic talent that I admired in others—the ability to paint, draw, or design. While some people are certainly gifted with loads of natural talent, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us are doomed to never being able to enjoy drawing or painting! Everyone, even the talented people, has to practice and study their craft. Anyone can learn.

One of the things that I really enjoy is painting with watercolors. A few years ago, I knew nothing about watercolors, but with some digging, found some great resources to get me started. Now, I can at least make something that I think is pretty, which is my personal goal with painting! So, without further ado, here is a guide to help YOU get started with watercolors. This is a collection of beginner classes, tutorials, blogs, and inspiration to get you started on learning how to create something that you love.

As I’ve mentioned before, Skillshare is one of my favorite platforms for learning creative arts. I’ve taken several watercolor classes through Skillshare.

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Ana Victoriana Calderon: Modern Watercolor Techniques

This is hands down my favorite watercolor class. I love Ana’s style and the video is clear and professional. You can tell that she knows her stuff, too!

Ana Victoriana Calderon: Watercolor Textures

Ana’s second class. Also great and very helpful!

Peggy Dean: Watercolor: 10 Easy Projects Anyone Can Paint

Peggy Dean always produces quality classes on Skillshare. This one is quick and gives almost instant gratification with each segment.

 

Another great place to learn is from blogs and tutorials. I consulted several blogs to pick out supplies and gain knowledge and inspiration.

The Postman’s Knock – This is a great, informative blog post to get you started.

Adventures in Making – Another great, informative (and basic) post.

Inkstruck – This is a great series with watercolor tutorials!

A Beginner's Resource guide to Watercolor

Finally, here are my favorite instagram accounts for daily inspiration and mini tutorials:

Honey Bops Design

Yao Cheng Design

Ana Victoriana

Leslie.Writes.It.All

Jane Davenport

 

All of that should give you a pretty good start in watercolor technique! For more helpful links and inspiration, check out my watercolor board on Pinterest.

 

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