Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Brush lettering - my new hobby & what tools I use!

At the start of this year, I decided I wanted to do something different in my free time.  Blogging has turned from a hobby into a job (a very minimally paying job!) and I wanted to try my hand at something non bloggy related at all.  I'm always taking screenshots of quotes on Instagram and Pinterest and decided I was going to try out making my own digital quotes on PicMonkey.  After a few weeks I changed my mind and realised I spend too much time looking at a screen.  If it's not my computer at work, it's my laptop at home or my phone.  So I wanted something completely non techy.

Enter brush lettering!  
(Links for everything at the bottom of the post)

One day I was browsing Instagram like you do, and came across videos of people writing with brush pens and watercolours and I was hooked!  I found it so relaxing and mesmerising to watch and knew that this is what I wanted to attempt.  A few more screenshots of people's hashtags in their videos and I started Googling what pens they used, which was the best paper to practice on and before long I ended up following so many calligraphy and brush lettering people on Instagram.  I also discovered a whole new world of videos to watch on YouTube too!  There are some crazy talented people out there and are completely inspirational and make me want to practice lots.

I hit up Amazon, buying two sets of TomBow brush pens and a Rhodia dot pad.  The only reason I got the pad was because it came up as one of the recommended things to buy after getting the pens.  Last weekend I ordered the Pentel Aqua Brush Pens after getting the cheapest watercolour set in Mr Price and I'm learning how to use them now.

Because I'm the ultimate newbie, I started searching for practice sheets so I could learn how to do the letters and ended up finding the perfect one on Etsy (I've linked the shop at the bottom of the post).  It cost about €11 and how it works is you download the file and can print it out as many times as you'd like.  It's a great way of learning the basics and lads it's not as easy as the Instagram videos look!  But I'm really enjoying taking time away from everything and playing about with my bits.  My equipment.  My stuff.  How does this all sound rude?!

As I said, I'm totally new to this but am really enjoying learning a new skill, spending less time in front of a screen and writing out my name so many times that it doesn't look right anymore!

Now I haven't put the prices of everything below because sometimes they're on sale and sometimes they're full price.  I've used affiliate links (disclaimer here) but by all means, you don't have to use them, just Google what you want to find!

Tombow Dual Brush Pens Primary - Amazon

Tombow Dual Brush Pens Pastels - Amazon

Rhodia 19559C Dot Grid Notepad A4 - Amazon

Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens - set of 3 - Amazon

Practice sheets - Crystalizabeth on Etsy

I'm not even remotely close at all at all to knowing what I'm doing but if you have any questions and I can answer them, let me know and if I don't know the answer, I'll totally send you in Google's direction.  As I said above, there are so many people on Instagram and YouTube who know more about this than I do, so have a search, find some inspiration and let me know if you pick up some bits and we can learn a new skill together!

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