LETTERING SUPPLY RESOURCE LIST!

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I have wanted to create this for a while, but it was easier said than done!  I have finally put together a list of supplies to start your lettering journey in an easy (I hope) visual guide. I didn’t get specific on all the nibs or nib holders, I may create another gallery for a more advanced supplies list but this is the list I get the most emails on and it covers everything from books/classes to the paper and ink I recommend.

If you have questions or have requests of what you would like to find lettering wise, please let me know and I will try to address them for future add-ons to the gallery.

Be back soon!

P.S. The lettering font I used at the top of the post can be found here!

MACARONS A HAND LETTERED FONT FAMILY

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Oh, hello there! I am still here, just a little behind on getting some of the new functionality up for the site, mainly having all the fonts I’ve recommended in one place, the supplies, oh, the supplies, I need to get a one page of all the lettering supplies because I get hundreds of emails about supplies and I don’t have one place for you to look for them at a glance, tsk tsk. It does warm my heart to no end to see that some of you have been inspired enough by my lettering love posts to actually try it yourself either via workshops or on your own, keep it up! I don’t want lettering and hand-lettered correspondence to go the way of the Dodo so I encourage you to keep at it, tell a friend, heck better yet send said  friend a handwritten letter! The lettering artist interviews, those too need their own easy accessible page (and deserve to be highlighted, always grateful that these artists are willing to share their secrets with us). This is all a learning curve for me the back end of a WordPress site (and uhm, the whole new mommy gig), even with help from some terrific coders and input from a delightful new partner I am still being a bit daft with the whole thing. There’s so much that we want to add to this site, but it’s important to us that the information is easy for you to access and the site easy to navigate and that seems like it is always easier said than done.

Speaking of hand lettering, Coto Mendoza of Latinotype just developed this charming font called Macarons (the blogosphere should appreciate that). It’s a bit more rustic than Woolen, (they are similar but different enough that I would use them both happily).  Macarons also has the additional ‘sketchy’ version and some cursive ‘catch words’, it’s a nice little font family and it’s on sale right now so a bargain to boot! I do hope you enjoy this find!

P.S. If you are looking for some more charming font action, may I recommend Suarez to you?

BECAUSE I’M OBSESSED…

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I haven’t had a chance to play with this font family yet (it’s so extensive!) and I definitely didn’t want to back-to-back you on font posts, but Laura Worthington knocked it out of the park with this family!  You have a set of beautiful calligraphic hands, you have engraved, catchwords, serifs, san serifs I mean this is a font jubilee. That’s the first time I have ever been able to work that word into a post and I think my blogging career may have hit an apex.

In other news, I have been quietly, (maybe a bit maniacally) working behind the scenes here to make all the resource information easier for you to access.  I know you are busy and don’t have time to browse mountains of old posts to find what you are looking for and my search box is suspect at best, so I hope to have the new system in place for June, which might be a pipe dream but at least I still have dreams, you know with my haven’t slept in six months and all. Wish me luck my friends!

 

THE MAGPIE STRIKES AGAIN!

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No one can pull me out of a blogging hiatus faster than Jess at Magpie Paper Works.  I was lucky enough to be gifted this font for Christmas and I have used it here before and shortly after had about 500 emails (easy) asking “What was that font you used in the post the other day do tell puh-leeze .”.  The only problem was that it wasn’t available and I wasn’t even sure if it was going to ever be available, I was hoping it was because it it garsh darn amazing.  If Anthropologie was a font I think it would be Woolen, it has that weathered, charming quirk to it, classic but not serious and definitely on trend. Oh, Magpie where do you find the time and how on earth are you so talented?  Do any of you know how hard it is to create a font?  Not just the design part but the actual implementation of it? It is mind boggling tedious and difficult, to be able to create so many fonts that are all winners and actually super functional (for lack of a better word) it is near impossible.  I am in awe of Jess and so excited to be able to share her newest addition!

THE KERNING GAME

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I know this won’t appeal to everyone but I sure hope it appeals to those of you that have a love for type, or want to know more about why a certain graphic piece looks so darn good, sometimes it comes down to a bit of kerning (adding some space/breathing room between your letters).  Even if you aren’t a graphic designer, playing with your kerning could take your project from ‘meh’ to ‘yeah’ in seconds!  Speaking of kerning, I found this Kerning game last night and had some fun with it and thought maybe you would too it’s called Kerntype, I felt like I won the Lotto the first time I got a 100, have at it my friends!

P.S. There’s also a letter shaping game, bezier curves, oh my!

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