#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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Follow Lauren on her social media:

Instagram: @renmadecalligraphy

Site: renmadecalligraphy.com

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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.

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com #SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com

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.

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com

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.

#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com#SurelySimple Inspiration: Karin of iPadLettering via opinion9.com

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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#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

Have you seen #SimpleAlphabets on instagram? The long and short of it is- for everyday of June, we shall be lettering an alphabet a day + some extras. I’ve asked some letterers I admire to share their skills throughout the challenge- as well as to also divulge a few secrets about their creative process. Fun, right? You can join in anytime- just head on over to @surelysimplechallenge and @surelysimpleblog and read this page to get all the details. 

Let’s meet Brittany Luiz!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

My name is Brittany Luiz and I’m a handlettering artist as well as the Social Media & Content Manager for Tombow USA. Anyone who knows me knows that I love my job so much – not only do I get to “play” on social media all day, but I get to also literally play with the most amazing products while I’m doing it. When I’m not scrolling through newsfeeds or filling up sketchbooks with letters, I am hanging out with my husband and 8-month-old son, who is quite possibly the cutest child on earth.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

I’d describe my style as “imperfect with personality.” I decided several months ago that I just don’t have the patience for perfection, so if my letters aren’t completely straight or I have gaps in my layout, I’m okay with that. I like to think that my style is representative of who I am as a person – a little quirky, fun and bright.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

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

Working full-time and being a new mom makes it tough sometimes to be motivated, but as I’ve descended out of the fog that is those first few months of new mommyhood I’ve started to get a better grip on how to manage my “free” time and make the most of it. I practice lettering daily – whether that means getting up 20 minutes early, staying up a little late, or lettering at the kitchen table while my husband and I watch The Walking Dead. I’m currently in the midst of my second #100letteringdays challenge on Instagram where I have committed to handlettering (and posting!) every day for 100 days. The last time I did this I grew immensely because it really forced me to practice while I was still in the very early stages of learning how to letter. This time around, I’m pushing myself to try new techniques and hopefully take my lettering to the next level. You would be amazed at how quickly you can improve by committing to practicing – it’s that drive to be better than I am now that motivates me. Plus, it’s fun and relaxing for me to practice my lettering. If I mess up, there’s always another sheet of paper!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

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

Before I started working at my current job I was on the path to working for myself 100% as a freelancer. It’s what I thought I wanted to do. Now that I have a job I am over-the-moon in love with, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I do still take on projects on the side though, so I feel like I am living the best of both worlds.

 

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

I’m so happy that my lettering is finally starting to resemble what I wanted it to when I first started. It’s so frustrating when you can see something beautiful in your head only for your hand to betray you and produce something nightmarish. My hand has finally caught up to my brain and they’re both pretty much on the same page now.

 

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

My glass is half full 98% of the time. I reserve the other 2% for wallowing in self pity and drowning my sorrows in Starbursts. I’m a generally happy person and sort of live in my own unicorns and rainbows universe most of the time. I’ve become really good at finding the bright side of things and it has helped me to get going down the career path that I have always wanted to take.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

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

I have so many #calligracrushes! I really look up to Amanda Arneill. I have had the pleasure of actually working with her and she is amazing. Not only is she incredibly talented but she is so thoughtful and humble and sweet. I also really look up to Lauren Fitzmaurice of RenMade Calligraphy. We joke that we’re #calligratwins because we could seriously be the same person sometimes. We both love our full-time jobs, but also love lettering. She is so talented and is such an inspiration to me to see that you can be a successful freelancer while also being successful at your day job. In life as a whole, I really look up to my dad. He has taught me so much over the years and the nuggets of truth he passed on to me have helped me keep a clear head through challenging situations both professionally and personally.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

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

Ha! How many hours am I not working is the real question here. My work is so intimately related to my hobbies and interests that the lines are almost always blurred. I work my day job from 8-5ish Monday through Friday, and probably spend a good 20 additional hours throughout the week working on other work-related or freelance-related projects.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

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

I’m currently reading Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please,” which is so amazing I can’t stand it. I knew I was going to love the book when she referenced Stephen King (my all-time favorite author) twice within the first couple of chapters. Plus, she’s Amy Poehler. I mean, come on – how can you not like her book? I’ve also been binge-listening to the Sean Wes podcast for months and it is worth its weight in gold. If you’re a creative person and even the least bit interested in being able to make money by pursuing your creative passion, you NEED to listen to his podcast.

 

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

My art has definitely changed me. I think it’s made me more aware of design in general. Part of my job responsibilities includes graphic design and I have noticed that my strictly digital designs have improved so much since I started handlettering. I think those creative pursuits just kind of bleed over into each other and have both evolved as I have evolved in my style and approach.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Brittany Luiz

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I just purchased a domain name – brittanyluiz.com – where I will be starting a blog, posting portfolio items and hopefully some lettering worksheets, etc. soon! Other than that, who knows? I’m on this train and just waiting to see where it takes me.

CONNECT WITH BRITTANY:

Website: www.brittanyluiz.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/brittanyluiz

Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

Be on the lookout for the letter Brittany shall be teaching here on @surelysimplechallenge and @surelysimpleblog AND @opinion9!

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