Learn Brush Lettering | Interview with Kal Barteski

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I don’t even know where to start with our next interview–the Kal Barteski! I am so very enamored with her and if you are in the lettering world, or perhaps the world in general, you probably already know of her. Kal is a true artist, but also an innovator, motivator and just someone you want to know because her sun shines a little bit brighter than most. She’s one of those people, you know the ones that you just want more of. I remember when I was in my postpartum lowest of lows and feeling bereft and lost and all those crazy hormonal things that happen after baby (and severe sleep deprivation). I was given Kal’s class as a gift and it took me months before I watched it and oh, how I wish I watched it sooner!  It knocked me right back to cloud nine! It was equal parts magic as it was lettering instruction, Kal’s love of life and enthusiasm for her work is so freakin’ contagious that I watched the class like 6 times in a row to just take it all in. Yes, I am a hardcore fan for life and I am so happy that Kal, an in demand artist and mother to 3 had time to effusively agree with a resounding YES!!! in our inbox to be part of this brush lettering week! We are grateful and can’t wait to share…

Where are you located? 

I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. That’s Canada. ;)

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Kal. I make messy letters. I use a paint brush to create words that are imperfect and in that imperfect mess – there’s an authentic human aspect. I use my hands. I believe in contributing positively to the Universe. I have three cute kids, a couple of french bulldogs and a husband I really like. I’m trained as a graphic designer and a painter, but really I’m just drawn to projects and people that make a difference. I’m passionate about wildlife and the Arctic. I’ve done a TEDx talk, won some awards, met a pile of people that inspired me to do more to leave the world in a better and more beautiful state than I found it.

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Learn Brush Lettering! | Laura Worthington Interview

Learn Brush Lettering with Laura Worthington via besotted blog

//LAURA WORTHINGTON INTERVIEW//

Some of you may already be fully aware of Laura Worthington and her prolific work. Laura has had great commercial success that most of us  lettering enthusiasts could only dream of, which was why we were so excited when we heard she was going to be teaching a brush lettering class and sharing her secrets and going in-depth into her process. It’s so rare that you have access to an artist of this caliber and at this level of success so we went a little bonkers when she agreed to both this interview and to giveaway one of her classes! So why don’t we get started because there is a lot of goodness to cover! Psst, all of her resources will be linked at the bottom of post for easy access!

Where are you located?

Bonney Lake, Washington, which is about 40 miles south of Seattle

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Learn brush lettering | Lettering artist Jessica Keala interview

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Jessica Keala of Coco and Mingo is a favorite around here! Jessica is not only bubbling over with talent (she makes brush lettering look effortless, doesn’t she?), she’s also one of the nicest people we’ve met on the inter webs! Jess is going to share her resources and ‘secrets’ to learn brush lettering, we are so looking forward to this interview!

Where are you located?

Majority of the year, I’m located in Brooklyn, New York. Every now and then, I’m working from Honolulu, Hawaii, where I was born and raised.

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Modern Calligrapher Interview | Karla Lim

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote by Karla Lim

If you spend any time on social media following some of the top lettering artists then we are sure that artist Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy feed is already on your radar. Lim’s beautifully, graceful dancing hand and perfectly styled images are a visual feast and now with the launch of new product offerings (wax seals!) there is even more to look forward to!  We were so honored when she wrote us and said, “Like many calligraphers out there, a lot of us started because of your blog! I learned so much about what pens to use and what nibs to get.”  When we started the idea of promoting lettering (once we heard handwriting would no longer be taught at school’s) we had no idea what an impact we would make and to read something like that and to see all the plethora of talent now lettering with such enthusiasm and style makes our hearts soar. We are thrilled that Karla has agreed to be interviewed for our series! Please find part I below:Read More