tag: calligraphy

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skillshare is such an amazing place. when i was first starting out trying to learn surface pattern design, it was so hard to learn the techniques i wanted to learn (that’s in part why i began the roost tribe- it’s where i share all my secrets!). today i’m so happy that skillshare exists, and i’m really excited about a few classes i’ve either recently taken, or am currently taking. i highly recommend each of them!

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i’ve taken both the first steps of hand lettering and the final steps of hand lettering by mary kate mcdevitt- and both are incredible! mary kate is so loveable and incredibly talented. in these classes, you’ll learn how to research and brainstorm and idea, sketch it out, explore different styles and finalize your sketch. in the second part, you’ll learn how to digitze your sketch, add color, create texture and put the finishing touches on your work.

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i’m just beginning to take leveraging photoshop and illustrator in your work by lydia nichols and i’m so excited! photoshop is still a little big and scary to me, so i’m especially thrilled to learn how to use it alongside illustrator. in this class, we’ll learn how to create vector art and custom brushes, how to apply texture and then move the artwork over to photoshop.

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in digital illustration: color, pattern and texture, brad woodward will teach us how to breathe life back into your own digital illustrations through the use of a few basic design elements. i’m excited to learn more about color theory, layout and composition and ways to add texture to my work.

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i recently finished the art of modern calligraphy by molly jaques and thought it was just right for my beginner skills of calligraphy. molly starts by covering the basic tools and preliminary knowledge of modern, pointed pen calligraphy and gives you a solid understanding of how to compose a truly unique alphabet.

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in design your own creative brush pack in photoshop or illustrator, garren lamson will teach us how to research, brainstorm, and create a unique, artistic brush pack in either photoshop or illustrator from concept thru completion. since brushes have always been a bit of a mystery to me, i can’t wait to begin this course!

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last week i got the sweetest gift from my mom. we’ve been talking a lot lately about calligraphy and hand lettering, and before i knew i had a pretty little package on my doorstep! a beautiful glass calligraphy pen with writing ink and some pretty pencils from moxie. she knows me so well!

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the grooves in the glass pen hold ink effortlessly- all you do is dip the entire point into your favorite writing ink and start scrawling!

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the ink goes on nice and smooth and the pen is incredibly comfortable to hold. i was also surprised how long each dip in the ink lasts- i wrote ‘going home to roost’ and still had plenty of ink to spare.

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she also sent over some of the prettiest pencils i’ve ever seen. made from 100% recycled paper, they feel soft to the touch and write beautifully! they’re almost too pretty to use. :)

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thank you, mom. i love you!

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lettering love

September 11, 2012

lettering love

i’m just about as obsessed with hand lettering as a person can be, so i’m particularly excited about besotted brand’s upcoming week of lettering love. all week, miss b. will be posting about the pens she’s been using, books, resources, lettering artists, favorite calligraphy/hand lettering fonts and even some downloads!  you can check it out right here and be sure to follow along this week!

speaking of lettering love, here are some of my favorite sites and sources for hand lettering:

tutorials & e-courses:

chalkboard tutorial
learn modern calligraphy
modern calligraphy photoshop brushes
create fake calligraphy


lisa congdon
i still love you
mary kate mcdevitt
365 days of hand lettering

pinterest boards:

hand lettering calligraphy
my hand lettering board
hand lettering by laurel goodroe

do you have something to add? share it with us in the comments section and i’ll keep this resource list updated!

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love lives

June 17, 2011

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love lives

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happy, friday! here’s to wishing you love and light over the weekend! i’m headed to vegas for a spa convention (for my new little day job) so i’ve been busy getting things together for the trip. what are you doing this weekend? here’s to hoping for sunshine and warmth, and always remember: love lives here and now.

see you monday! bonnie x

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