Let me tell you something.
All my life I have told my self I CAN’T do x,y,z. Really I have. I see something amazing, or someone with crazy talent and I think, I can’t do that, or I wouldn’t be able to be that good at that.
One day. I decided. I CAN. If I try, and if I pursue, I can.
I have ALWAYS wanted to brush letter and do other types of lettering. Not for a business but for fun. Just because it’s beautiful.
When I was a child in elementary school and even junior high my friend Katina and I would sit for hours and practice our letters and numbers and compare how we wrote them.
I feel like a kid again. Something in me has been brought to life by passionately pursuing learning how to brush letter.
It’s safe to say it’s become some what of an obsession.
I do it every day. Some days only for 15 minutes. But I brush letter something. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I started out learning how to do this from Random Olive at www.randomolive.com. Olive and I took a class together related to running online businesses. Turns out that Olive’s business is teaching people how to brush letter.
I KNOW RIGHT!? What a great business. If you want to learn how to do this I PROMISE you can. Click HERE to go to Olive’s website and you can get some freebies and there’s also a really inexpensive tutorial you can purchase.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Using a strong pigment watercolor when you are brush lettering is my preference. I use Winsor and Newton watercolors, I just have the small travel pack.
- Tombow dual brush markers is what I started with at first and they were the easiest to use.
- The Stampin’ UP! Aqua Painter has been the easiest for me to use for brush lettering so far, and I’ve tried about 15 different paint brushes.
- I purchased a Da Vinci lettering brush and I hate it. I am either A) not good enough yet to use it, or B) it’s for a different type of lettering.
- Starting with grid paper is a life saver. Getting your letters the correct height and width is a struggle.
- It’s ok to totally suck when you start this. Practicing really does make you better.
- Having good quality tools to work with will help you be more successful at this. I have listed all of my favorites so far down at the bottom of the page.
So today for the first time, I am going to do a video on a brush lettering piece. This is by NO MEANS a “tutorial” or “how to”. I am much too novice to teach anyone anything.
At this point all I can do is show you how fun it is and share my experiences in the subject.