Tuesday, May 12, 2015

lettering with makewells: lettering in your art journal

Hello! It's Megan here with another guest post about lettering
I've been a huge fan of Alisa's sketchbook and art journal posts for years. And if you follow along here on her blog, I'm sure you feel the same way! The pages in her books are just stunning and overflowing with inspiration. 
So today I'm sharing some tips on how to add hand lettering to your own sketchbook/journal. And you also get to take a peek inside my own art journal madness :) 

My first tip is pretty simple: just because it didn't originate in your art journal, doesn't mean it can't end up there! 

I have TONS of lettering sketches and doodles all over my studio that have no home. I draw things on the back of napkins, in my planner, and in other notebooks that are not designated art books. Some things I do real quick in order to scan and add to a digital project, and others were done while in a waiting room or on a plane. 
So instead of these little snippets of creativity being lost or thrown away, I love adding them to half finished pages in my art journal.
Use washi tape, masking tape, glue...whatever. But don't let your lettering end up in the trash. Play with ways to incorporate it into your art journal time!
My 2nd tip is this: if you want to add lettering to your art journal, but don't know what to write, think of simple titles or themes for your page. I love adding just one word to a page when I've used a photo. It's simple to come up with something (a name, a place, etc). and personalizes the page.

Try to find ways to make the lettering stand out without competing with the photo. Experiment with layering and using different materials on top of the paint, photos, and tape. 

And Tip #3 is this: practice drawing short phrases. I like to add Bible verses, lyrics to songs, or just random words floating in my head, but if I'm drawing the letters, I try to limit the length. It's easier to visualize sketching out 3-4 words than an entire song.

If you have more to say, just write! Save the hand lettering for words that deserve emphasis.
Below, I had a list of things to make swirling in my head. Instead of drawing out every thing on the list, I hand lettered the title and then wrote the list quickly.

You can have the lettering blend in with your page...

Or make it the main focus

So play, experiment with supplies, and remember to just enjoy the creative process!

Remember to use #redefinecreativelettering to share your work! I can't wait to see what you create. 


Lynda Shoup said...

Gorgeous pages and great advice! This post was just what I needed to go from "I guess I need to practice my lettering" to "Wow, I can't wait until tonight when I'll have time to practice lettering!" Your pages are powerful and inspiring. Thanks for posting this.

DebP said...

I love your posts! I have learned so much about brush lettering. I continue to practice and look forward to your posts. Thanks so much!

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TwinkleToes2day said...

I am really enjoying this series, many thanks to Alisa for posting them and many thanks to Megan for sharing her talent and ideas :-D

Mary C. Nasser said...

I just LOVE Megan's guest posts!!
And Teddy is SO cute! Is he a min-pin? I ask because I've rescued two. :)

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thank for sharing

studioGypsy said...

absolute love!! thankyou megan and alisa! xo

Karin said...

What are gander sticks??!!

Megan Wackes said...

Garden - to make what plants are what :)

Anonymous said...

I don't have Instagram, but I wanted to share how you've inspired me to work on lettering in my art journal! Thank you for this series! https://thepathunfolding.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/journal52-weeks-18-19/

Megan said...

Yes! He was our first min-pin but just passed away. =( Now we have George, another min pin! Love them!

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