The Best Brush Lettering Supplies

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We thought we would end Brush Lettering week with a bang (and a few more goodies for you)! We know that you are going to need some supplies so Paper Ink Arts, the veritable emporium for lettering supplies will be donating one $50 Gift Certificate!  This is plenty good to get you started with the basics-a brush, brush pen, ink or gouache and paper! Once you have gotten your brush on and have been lettering like crazy you are probably going to want to start sharing it on your site/blog, creating all sorts of crazy good graphics with it for Pinterest or other social media or maybe you might even want to try you hand at getting your lettering onto some custom products for yourself or for resale. In that case you are going to need to have the easiest and fastest way to get you lettering from paper to pixel and that is Lettering Rx | Photoshop actions and we will be happy to giveaway a set to one lovely winner! Above is a little real time GIF Michelle created cleaning up Kal Barteski’s iconic lettering, it really is this fast to clean up your lettering and illustrations with Lettering Rx! Just a few quick clicks and basic Photoshop knowledge (like how to open your file basic). It’s oh, so satisfying to watch the lettering be transformed from paper to digital, but still maintain it’s wonderful quirky hand, ready to use in your next project. This is how you up your lettering game friends. But wait there’s more…Read More

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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Learn to Brush Letter like a pro!

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Lately I have been dipping my toes into brush lettering waters thinking it would be easy or easier than the pointed pen (oh, contraire).  Honestly, I spent many an afternoon wanting to pull my hair out. I realized with brush lettering, not having a set in stone outcome is the best way for me to enjoy the process, there’s definitely not as much control as pointed pen and the media to get there– the brush, paper, inks, gouaches etc., all seem to have a better idea of outcome than I do. It truly feels like a ‘go with the flow’ technique and once you do things do fall into place. If you have wanted to try this medium but didn’t know where to start, what supplies to get, etc. or if you have been doing it for awhile and wanted to pick up a few techniques, or like me are feeling frustrated, then we have a serious treat for you! This week will be dedicated to Brush Lettering, we will have giveaways: classes, supplies, tools and tons of lettering artist secrets revealed!  This is going to be a very special week, we hope you join us!Read More