#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

Lauren of Renmade Calligraphy will be sharing her lettering experience today! Check out this interview at Surely Simple, if you want to know more about Lauren and her creative process. Now let’s hear from Lauren herself!

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m Lauren and many of my closest friends call me Ren, which inspired the name of my business, Renmade Calligraphy. I’m a lefty calligrapher from Kentucky and am also a wife, mom, and full time elementary teacher. In addition, I’m a member of the Tombow USA Design Team and enjoy creating projects and blogging about them for such a fantastic and supportive company. Also in the lettering world I love to post my work mostly on Instagram and co host a challenge with my good #calligrafriend Liss called @togetherweletter. I’m currently working on updating my blog and shop with some really fun content that I’m planning on rolling out very soon!

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

My style is whimsical, modern calligraphy.  I like to think of it as being a little perfectly imperfect, meaning it doesn’t bother me if the letters aren’t completely straight on the page or all letters are formed exactly the same. I think imperfection makes work unique and adds character. I enjoy mixing different styles together, for example in lots of my pieces I will write parts in script while the others are in a print.

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy







What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

What motivates me the most is how I feel when I have a brush pen in my hand. There is something about getting to use my creativity to write that is so relaxing to me.  I also am motivated by my sweet kids and husband.  They are my biggest cheerleaders and are always so encouraging when I need it the most.

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?

The beauty of calligraphy for me is that it is a side gig for my real job as an elementary teacher, which I also have great passion and love for.  I plan to teach until it’s time to retire, so I don’t really have that pressure. I get to enjoy the opportunities as they come and it has made me REALLY good at time management and learning how to say YES and NO to the right things.

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

What makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?

When I first started, I was a lost little lefty that had no idea what I was doing. I opened an instagram account and started posting my work. It took lots of time and hard work to build my Instagram and I am so proud and grateful for all of the lettering opportunities I have been given so far. I never gave up or tried to be something that I am not and that is what makes me the happiest.

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy







Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?

This glass is always half full.  Though I’ve definitely been through some hard times and I have gloomy days occasionally, I like to think I am a positive and encouraging person who always tries to look for the good.  I have learned that there is a silver lining to every situation… you just have to find it!

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?

There are too many people that I look up to in the field of Calligraphy to list, but I adore being a part of the lettering community on Instagram. I have met some of my very best friends through sharing my work and reaching out to other calligraphers and I’m so grateful for all of the friendships I have made!

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?

I normally work on calligraphy on the weekends and nights once my littles are asleep and everything from the day is done.  I do my very best work at night when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet. I probably put in 3-5 hours most days.  I try to take a few nights off every week to give myself time to relax (aka: watch my favorite shows on TV).

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?

I recently started listening to Sean Wes’ podcast and I love it.  He has great ideas and so much experience as a letterer.  Every time I listen I learn some thing new that can only help my business.

How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?

I have always been creative and had a knack for handwriting, but never really found a creative hobby that I just clicked with until I found calligraphy. Calligraphy has definitely showed me how important it is to spend time doing something that makes me happy in addition to making sure everyone else in my life has what they need or is happy. It’s added so much balance to my life and given me an opportunity to share kindness and knowledge of my hobby with others.

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy




What’s next in your artistic journey?

I am currently working on revamping my website/blog and plan to share tons of new content to help both lefties and righties navigate the world of lettering.  I also am working on new prints and lettering resources for the shop! I can’t wait to share all of my hard work with everyone very soon!

#SurelySimple Lettering Inspiration: Renmade Calligraphy

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Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Welcome to my book project! I am aiming to write a review for EVERY book that I own along with other fun reads along the way! Check back everyday for a mini book review- or a detailed one! If you’re searching for a good book to read, maybe this is the place for you! I shall be recommending my favourites and more! Read on…Mini Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella // book review series via OPINION9.COM

Book Name: The Undomestic Goddess

Author: Sophie Kinsella

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Let me summarize it for you:

Samantha is a very busy, highly stressed lawyer who works..all the time.. Due to a turn of events, she finds herself running away from that life…to a new life of pretending to be a housekeeper! This book is just a fun lighthearted read on the choices we can make in our life. Also, interesting to see how Samantha’s story unfolds.

The language is very straightforward and it’s a really relaxing read!

What I thought about this book:

I absolutely LOVE it! The funny thing was, I actually read this book in a Reader’s Digest compilation and it was the first Sophie Kinsella novel I read. After that, I became a total fan of Sophie’s work- just because of this particular book!

This book really resonated with me on so many levels. Stuff Samantha and I have in common:

1/ high pressure from family and friends to do ‘well’ in life- high flying career goals, busy lifestyle

2/ No cooking skills at all (but she inspired me! If Sam can do it, so can I..possibly?!)

3/ Like Samantha tries something new, I also did change my career into art and I’m very happy about it! Was it easy? No, but satisfying? Yes! I’m sure Samantha would agree with me.

4/ Cute guys! Always on the lookout, hehe..

5/ Finding freedom? You have to read the book to know exactly how Samantha’s story played out!

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Here are some ‘sneak peeks’ to get a feel of the writing….

Mini Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella // book review series via OPINION9.COM

Mini Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella // book review series via OPINION9.COM

Mini Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella // book review series via OPINION9.COM

Mini Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella // book review series via OPINION9.COM

Mini Book Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella // book review series via OPINION9.COM

 

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Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Hi everyone! Today on the blog, we have Ureshii Chan sharing more about her art process. I really love the cute and happy elements in her work! Read on to know more..

Please tell me a little bit about yourself. 
Hello, I’m an 18 year old girl who loves to draw. I am a student in my final year of school, with mainly studies about economics and business management. Unlike my studies, art has always been a way for me to relax. I love colors and patterns, and art in my opinion is a great way to express it ^^

I love your cute drawings! Do you plan themes/topics/characters or is the process more spontaneous?
Thank you so much, it makes me feel very happy ^o^
Sometimes I try to plan, but most often the process is spontaneous and the drawing usually changes while I draw.



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How do you make your drawings? 
To me sketching is a big part, when it comes to art I don’t focus on making all the proportions or anatomy correct – but I like to make a neat and complete sketch to easy fineline it.

Colors is my favorite thing. I try to add as much color I can, but still making it soft and pleasant to look at.

Whenever I draw a character I like giving them a smiling face, and of course lots of colors and cute details.

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

 

What are the art supplies you use most?
My ipad.

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What was the hardest (and easiest) part while drawing?
Sometimes I can find it difficult to make the art look like the image I had in my head, my art usually doesn’t turn out as I first thought it would ^^;

To me to do lineart is the easiest.

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

What makes you the happiest in your creative process?
Everything makes me happy! ^o^

But to pick something specific, I feel very happy when I do the coloring because colors makes me happy.

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Could you give us a glimpse in a typical day in your life? 
My typical day I wake up fairly early, I’d have a cup of tea and if it’s good weather I go for a walk. I also enjoy spending time getting ready.

In school I have long breaks in my schedule, lucky the school is located close to malls and shopping areas so I spend a lot of time around shops, always looking for new inspiration for drawing (as well as searching for discount items ^^ ).

Back home I do those regular things like cleaning, laundry and preparing dinner.

During the evening the best thing I know is to relax with a cup of tea and spending time drawing. I tend to stay up way too late drawing because when I start drawing, it feels like time vanishes.


Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Where do you see yourself in a few years?

In a few years first of all I have graduated school, hopefully I have a job that I enjoy and I hope to have travelled and been able to visit many exciting places.

I see myself in an own apartment with a special area just for art and crafting time. In a few years I wish I have even more time for doing art ^^

Another dream is that in a few years I still will be surrounded by many friends, and maybe a family of my own.

 Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com
Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

What motivates /inspires you the most?

Clothes or fabric that has lots of colors and patterns inspire me a lot. I also get inspired by other artists, friends and people around me.

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Can you list five things at the top of your head that interest you nowadays when it comes to art?

Lots of colors, flowers, glitter/sparkle, simple patterns and sceneries.

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com


Just for fun: What is your favourite flower, animal and book/movie?

Sunflowers and hydrangeas, all animals, and This Book Will Make You Happy (by Jessamy Hibberd & Jo Usmar)

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

Cute Digital Art by Ureshii Chan- an interview series on Opinion9.com

 

What do you do in your free time (when not working on your art)?

       I love to listen to people’s stories and memories. To hear about people’s lives can be exciting and rewarding, there is always something you can learn. Some things I also love are baking and cooking, and hairstyling is another thing I like to spend time doing.

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#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPad Lettering

Let’s hear from Karin of @iPadLettering today! Karin’s work is predominantly (as of now) on the iPad, and she also shares tutorials and other iPad related items (like procreate brushes and guides). If you’re planning to start lettering on your iPad, check out her helpful work on her instagram and site. Check out this interview at Surely Simple, if you want to know more about Karin and her creative process. Now let’s hear from Karin herself!

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m from New Zealand and I have been a software developer for almost 20 years. Because I always wanted to be more creative, I decided to study graphic design and recently completed my degree.

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How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

Very modern, I like making my letters ‘bounce’ 🙂

What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

I love lettering so much, which is all the motivation I need. I love working with bright colours, and playing with different colours and lettering styles relaxes me a lot.

 

Would you rather go the freelance way or do you prefer a more regulated and secure way of work?

I have been a freelancer for most of my career and really enjoy the freedom and flexibility.

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com #SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.comWhat makes you the happiest when it comes to looking at your progress?

I’m not really looking at my progress, I just enjoy the journey. I know that my style will be ever evolving and I’m just letting it take its course.

 

Half glass full or half glass empty? What’s your attitude in life in general?

Definitely half glass full! I’m a very positive person and live in the moment as much as I can.

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Who do you look up to in your field? Or in life as a whole?

There are a lot of people I look up to! I wouldn’t be able to name anyone in particular.

 

How many hours do you put in for your work everyday?

I work a full time job and then I work on my lettering 2-3 hours every day, and more on the weekends.

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What book/ podcast are you currently reading/listening to?

The Tim Ferriss show

How do you think you have evolved in your art- has it changed you?

I have definitely become more creative, which is something I have always dreamt of.

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com

What’s next in your artistic journey?

More lettering!

Thanks for sharing, Karin! -Aaria

P.S. You can find Karin on Instagram under @ipadlettering and her website is ipadlettering.com

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Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.comHello there! I’m back with blogging here and I wanted to start again with a whole lotta color and a fun interview to get you inspired! Today, we’re going to hear about Louise Emily Jewell’s journey as an artist. She makes some gorgeous work mostly with watercolor and an emphasis for fine detail. Basically, I really like the peaceful and sweet vibes of her work. And I’m pretty sure you will, too! Let’s hear what she has to say!

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

 I’m Louise, an ex-knitwear designer come illustrator based in the UK. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting, in particular working on small detailed watercolour paintings and wanted to turn my passion into my job.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

What motivates and inspires you the most?

Motivation comes from the urge to create, interpreting the way I see the world onto paper, and wanting to develop and improve as an artist.

I think creative people are sponges for music, art, books, film, design, style and nature, everything really … it’s all constantly buzzing around the brain! So inspiration comes from everywhere! But I always seem to be drawn back to the sea and nautical themes.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

I absolutely love your beautiful watercolour sketches! What is your drawing/painting process like?

I start by sketching, researching images, looking through photos and referencing old sketches. I will then think about the composition of the piece… how I would like it to look in terms of style and colour. I want to evoke feeling in the viewer either by something being cute and making them smile, or creating atmosphere in my work.

After a few rough sketches on loose paper (I become too precious if I work in a sketch book) I sketch the outline of my illustration onto watercolour paper and then start painting.

The illustration is then scanned and if needed tweaked in Photoshop if needed.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

 

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

How much time on an average does it take to create a piece?

It all depends on how much detail is in a piece, anything from 2 – 20 hours!

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Just out of interest, what was the first (or your favourite) piece of art you remember creating?

I have been making art since I was a tiny tot. The first piece of art I can remember creating was some little rabbit characters eating carrots which was stuck on my parent’s fridge for years.

My favorite painting of recent times is the lady in the potting shed ‘Private Retreat’. I would love to have a potting shed like hers.

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Where do you see yourself in a few years?

I would like to have a few clients that I work with on a regular basis and continue to develop as an illustrator.

I would love to be illustrating for magazines, book jackets and children’s books, learn how to make complex repeat patterns, and take part in some exhibitions.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Can you share a glimpse of a typical day in your life? (step by step/ hour by hour breakdown)

We have tea in bed everyday, I see that as one of life’s biggest luxuries! So no matter what time I need to get up I set the alarm half an hour earlier so I can enjoy a morning cup of tea in bed.

After breakfast it’s time to take my dogs for a nice long walk in the country.

I then go into my studio to start work and spend the day researching, drawing and painting. I tend to stick to normal working hours of 9 – 6 but it’s difficult to put the paintbrush down sometimes.

In the evening I walk the dogs again and tackle my share of the chores, then it’s time to relax, in the garden during summer, or in front of the fire during the winter, with a glass of red and some delicious home cooked food.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

How long has painting and art in general been your hobby? How did you think you could convert it to something more?

I have been drawing and painting ever since I was a child, so I suppose it has always been my hobby. When I graduated I was working in the fashion industry, lots of long hours, long commutes and international travel. Time to draw and paint was completely non-existent.

Seven years ago I started working on a freelance basis, which allowed me more time to pick up art as a hobby. As my style developed I decided to put together a portfolio and started to pick up commissions.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

 Just for fun: What is your favourite travel destination, colour, food and flower?

My favorite travel destination has to be Japan. I have been skiing in Japan a few times and am totally in love with their culture, elegant food and the execution and perfectionism in design.

I also really love Sri Lanka because of the laid-back nature, delicious curries, stunning scenery and jolly people.

My favourite colours are indigo and berry colours.

My favourite food is cheese.

Favourite flower always changes to the flower I am looking at! … at the moment there are passion flowers coming into bloom in the garden so I will say Passion Flowers.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

What’s the importance of art in your daily lifestyle?

 Art is very prominent in my daily lifestyle. We are surrounded by art all the time. Art comes in many different forms, from paintings hanging on the wall, the latest film, to mundane everyday objects. Art and creativity is not vital to our survival, but does bring a lot of joy and happiness, and so is vital to our wellbeing.

 

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

What do you do in your leisure time? (apart from art, of course!)

I love to be outdoors and experience nature. I am a keen sailor and like to go on long walks and hikes with my dogs.

I am also a bit of homebody so anything to do with making my home more beautiful… and enjoying the space we have created by cooking, baking and reading.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Some themes/ topics inspiring you nowadays?

I have recently finished a series of sailors and fishermen which I would like to develop further. I plan to explore other nautical themes such as ships knots, the shipping forecast, coastal maps and some boats.

The commissions I am currently working on are focused around floral arrangements, and as it is summer it’s hard not to notice how beautiful the flowers are.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

What are your go-to art supplies and your preferred art media?

I love Holbein watercolour paints, hot pressed highwhite watercolour paper and teeny tiny paintbrushes. The best brushes I have ever bought are by Holbein too.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

How did you discover your own style of drawing? Any advice for artists struggling with getting in the swing of things?

I started by using lots of different mediums to find one that suits me. I found I was most happy when using watercolour. I used watercolour in the past for fashion sketches.

Take a sketch book and go outside to draw… and try not to worry about creating a masterpiece.

Draw things you really like!

Set your self exercises with different mediums and styles to find one that suits you…

The more you do the better you get so practice, practice, practice.

Painting a Picture with Louise Emily Jewell- an artist interview via Opinion9.com

How do you balance your creative thought while thinking of art in terms of business too?

I’m still trying to figure that out. It’s hard not to let the creative side take over so I always set time aside for marketing, promotion and book keeping.

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Thanks for sharing, Louise!

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