Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls on-line modern calligraphy workshop

maybelle by elizabeth messina copy

It is with great fanfare, excitement & delight that we announce that the incredible Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, the doyenne of modern calligraphy herself will finally be teaching an online calligraphy workshop!  Queue the angels singing, I am so excited that I am about to pop out of my desk chair (very hard to do in my current injured state). I make it no secret that I adore Maybelle, she is talented, kind, generous and exactly how you’d imagine her to be–wonderful. We met when Maybelle consulted* with me when she came out of ‘retirement’ three years after having her twins (trust me it will probably take me twice as long to get back to ‘normal). I have watched Maybelle soar and my heart explodes with joy whenever I get to witness her hit another pinnacle of success, she has earned it. Maybelle teamed up with San Francisco based online workshop purveyors Creative Bug to film a month long series of her consistently sold out workshop. I have never been able to attend one of Maybelle’s live workshops so the opportunity to take her course at my own pace, whenever time permits is ideal. Maybelle has also put together some (insert whistle) fine calligraphy kits for you so you don’t have to scour the interwebs or city to get your supplies to get started. She created three options the luxe (of course I am going to have to have this one!), mid-level (but still luxe to me!) and dabbler/beginner kit (for those who aren’t sure if they will love lettering, you will so just get the luxe!)

For those unfamiliar with Creative Bug it is an online resource for creative craft classes taught by many familiar and popular artists (I just took the Lisa Congdon series). It is subscription based, but it is one click cancellation if you feel like it isn’t for you or you have powered through all their classes in a month (a pretty hefty feat to accomplish). Maybelle’s workshop launches today and will continue for the month, I am anxious to get started, if you take it let me know what you think!  You can sign-up here!

P.S. Creative Bug has a promo that you can sign-up for 14 days free and cancel anytime, so you could technically watch half the workshop for nada! Now you have nothing to lose!

*For those that have no idea what I do in my ‘real’ life, (I have mentioned it in passing), I build brands, specifically I work with luxury brands to maintain continuity, advise on brand development + new product offerings and of course packaging.  I have been doing this for longer than most of you reading have been on earth. I am pretty darn good at it now.

photo by elizabeth messina

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

REALISTIC BRUSH LETTERING FONT

brush lettering font via besotted

I must own as many fonts as I own BB & CC Creams, I have quite the collection!  Even though I am deep into my 365 lettering project (I actually made it through an entire month!), I can still get giddy over a new font offering especially if it has a realistic hand lettered look to it! I loved the one above and saw it was on sale for 50% off! Which is perfect because there are so many new fonts that I think are worth taking a look at right now to add to your collection.

Michelle and I liked the new Sudtipos offering  Distillery, it’s a nice monoline casual script, good for display. I also noticed there was some new really well priced modern calligraphy scripts that might be a good alternative to some of the more expensive similar versions. Salt & Spices has the same easy going vibe of Jacques & Gilles.  If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated don’t forget about Feast, I just LOVE it and I think it would be great if you wanted to be able to get inspired for your own lettering projects. Speaking of sophisticated, Copperlove is stunning, perfect for a wedding project and really nicely priced for what a beauty it is!

If you ever end up using any of the fonts we suggest in a project let us know, we would love to take a peek!

P.S. It’s not too late to jump on board and start your own 365 lettering project with me, we’d love to have more people on board (makes me accountable!) Lisa Mavian of Post Calligraphy has been joining in and it’s so inspiring to see her beautiful, flowy hand each day. Sabine Pick (a reader fave) is on board as well, both are worth a look + follow!

CHANGE THE WORLD

mlk dahl quote i On this MLK day I thought I would letter a favorite quote by a favorite author that felt apropos. If you are having trouble reading my hand, here is the quote:

‘Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world’.

I do believe it’s from Matilda by Roald Dahl but nonetheless it is attributed to the master wordsmith himself. I don’t think my lettering is good enough yet to be lettering full quotes, but I felt inspired to give this a go. I find it hard to find a consistent hand, I can do one word but multiple words are a bit challenging for me. I know there are a plethora of beginning modern calligraphy workshops out there right now and the market may seem saturated for those putting them on, but if there are a few savvy calligraphers reading this here blog, the only logical step now is to start offering the next level of classes. I know I would be interested in that next step, forming sentences and what not, you?  Hopefully we will start to see more advanced calligraphy workshops becoming available in the near future. In the interim I will continue lettering my one word a day on Instagram, #365lettering, if you care to join me please do! The more the merrier!

SOME FAVORITE LETTERING

naive lettering samples via besotted blog

It is no surprise to anyone that I have a love of lettering, but what may come as a surprise is that I am a die hard fan of naive lettering. I love, love, love the look of an effortless hand, the perfectly imperfect. There’s a very fine line from being wonderfully charming to just plain bad. I can’t quite put my finger on what that slight differentiation is but it is very apparent when I see it. I also noticed a little pattern that evolved, these sort of naive/crude hands were mostly done by illustrators. I am a word person, but I am also a visual person, I suppose that is the draw for me in my fanaticism of lettering, it’s a beautiful marriage of  the two. I love seeing the resurgence of hand lettering and I hope that by showcasing lettering that I love it inspires you to either give it a go, your handwriting may be as good or (bad) as these fine folks or be introduced to more artists that may inspire you. Do any of you like this type of lettering as well? Any favorites I may have left out or I should know about?

Maira Kalman

Oliver Jeffers

Charlotte Farmer

Katt Frank

P.S. I have always liked this font for a simple, charming (legible) naive hand.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

The Mega List of How-to Digitize Your Lettering Tutorials

 

how to digitize your hand lettering via besotted blog

This seems to be the most requested tutorial here, I understand the desire especially if you have been dipping your toes in the hand lettering pool and now want to be able to showcase your work to the world! I hope I have rounded up enough tutorials to thoroughly get you through this process. Some of these tutorials will be step-by-step, others videos, of course some may be better than others but they all have great information to glean and I hope you find this post to be a useful future resource. If you have any questions please let us know!

//FREE DIGITIZING LETTERING TUTORIALS//

Hand lettering from pencil sketch to digital graphic

Making your lettering into a vector graphic

 Making your lettering available for web*

A beginner’s guide to spiffing up your hand lettering

Using the calligraphic brush to create decorative type

Hand lettering in Illustrator (this is great for learning about the Wacom tablet settings)

How to digitize brush or hand lettering

How to digitize your calligraphy

*Note her tutorial reads to save as a ‘gif’, but I always save as either a .png or .jpeg for web unless the graphic is animated then I use the .gif file format

//PAID DIGITIZING LETTERING CLASSES/TUTORIALS//

Digitizing your calligraphy with Molly Suber Thorpe

Introduction to the Wacom tablet

How to turn your handlettering into vectors

Digitizing hand lettering: creating organic and precise vectors

Lettering II by Mary Kate McDevitt

//RESOURCES/TOOLS//

These are some of the tools that you will need or read about in the tutorials that will help make your digitizing life a whole lot easier.

Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Illustrator

Wacom tablet (there’s entry level versions that are affordable)

Scanner

Lettering Supplies

P.S. That awesome font ‘lettering’ is in is available here

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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