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!

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

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.

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

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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Connect with Louise here:

Etsy | Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

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#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

Simple Alphabets challenge- teacher exclusives!

Let’s meet Millly!

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m Milly, I live in Bournemouth, UK. I’m a cheese lover and a big fan of dogs! I studied Graphic Design at university and now work in an advertising agency.

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

Brightly coloured and modern.

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

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

My fiancé has actually been amazing, he has been so supportive. Especially times when I get a little grumpy that I don’t think my work looks great, he gives me encouragement but also tells me what does and doesn’t work! Also the amazing Instagram community, it’s great to be part of it!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

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

I love my job at the moment, I’m very lucky that I work in a creative environment, however in the future I would love to be able to work from home with my own business.

Happy Friday everyone! Playing with some embossing powders, absolutely love these!

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

I love seeing the amount of people I have inspired and helped out. Only a few months ago I was new to all of this and quite nervous about the work I produce. I now get messages and comments from new letterers seeking advice, it’s really shown how my knowledge has developed!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

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

I’m a big believer that if you act positive then positive things will happen to you. However I am human- I do have my grumpy days sometimes!

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

Seb Lester is an absolutely amazing letterer and designer.

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

I do about an hour a day on average, some weekends if I don’t have much planned I will end up lettering for the whole day!

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

I’m listening to a lot of Sean McCabe’s archive of podcasts at the moment, some get inspiration for pushing myself forwards with my lettering. I’m also reading the Acacia Triology by David Anthony Durhams, if you like Game of Thrones you will enjoy these books!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

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

It’s just simply a part of me! I have to say though doing Graphic Design at uni does make me see things differently compared to a ‘normal’ person. I generally pick wine with the nicest label, and I even refused to eat at restaurant because their branding was just awful! (It’s okay though, next door there was a restaurant with amazing branding and interior) and don’t get me started on certain fonts!

#Simple Alphabets Lettering Inspiration: Milly of Blink Lettering

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I’ve just opened up an Etsy shop, so I plan of expanding that and experimenting with different products I want to sell.

CONNECT WITH MILLY:

Instagram: @blinklettering
Twitter: @blinklettering
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#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

Hey everyone! Today marks the first of plenty of features for #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. 

Our first teacher from the challenge is Jessica Chung- her field is actually education, so it’s no wonder that she’s a brilliant teacher. She has a clean and organised style both in planning out her day via the bullet journal as well as her playful lettering. Let’s get to know more from Jess herself:

Please tell me a bit about yourself.

I would describe myself a curious creative, community member, and educator – these identities are core to who I am. Curiosity has called me down exciting paths I never would have considered, almost always to my joy – so now I’m a Minneapolis-based blogger, hand lettering artist, and leadership educator – none of which I would have imagined for myself even just a few years ago. Oh, and coffee addict, I should add that too.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

How would you describe your lettering/ calligraphy style?

I would describe my style as a modern script that is always evolving depending on what the work is.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung What makes you motivated enough to keep on keeping on with your work?

I don’t really consider the act of Making as work, I suppose! I find myself being drawn to doing it. If I hear something funny, beautiful, powerful, I am CALLED to draw it out, letter it, almost memorialize it on paper. I also have a short attention span so I’m always flitting around trying different tools and techniques, which keeps things really fresh. Lettering is more immediate than my teaching work, so it’s also something tangible for me to use as both a discipline and hobby.

The other part of my lettering work is my shop, which I’m doing with two friends and partners. The act of working on community keeps me accountable, because I feel responsible in keeping things moving for all of us. I’m sure I’d be moving much slower if I was only accountable to myself!

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

At this point, I have a LOT of love for all the work I do – not only lettering but also blogging and my full-time job. Having a full-time job I love allows me a lot of freedom in my freelance work – I have to be and GET to be selective about the work I do, which means I can choose the work that really excites me. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go free-lance, to be honest!

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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

Technically? I love when I can see clean, consistent lines and spaces in my work – it just looks legit somehow, polished. When the flourish lands in the right place, or the white space between words is balanced. Overall, I love looking at my work from months ago, a year ago. The progress is remarkable. There are very few things I’ve ever practiced almost daily, and it’s humbling and exciting to see how far I’ve refined my style and technique since I started.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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

Given my fortune of circumstance, I’ve had a really pleasant journey so far. I know too many people who haven’t, and so I have a distinct privilege of saying my glass is half full, that tomorrow will be better and full of new possibility, and that I can roll with whatever is coming. One of the most powerful lessons I learned in college was that “Life is written in pencil, not in pen.” That kind of freed me from this notion that life HAD to go according to a plan, and gave me some flexibility knowing that I can always adapt with more information and opportunity.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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

Oh goodness. In the lettering world, I look up to a LOT of people – everyone has their distinct style and flair that is really incredible to witness. I love the playfulness of Amanda Arneill, the classiness of Lindsey Bugbee, the sassy modern style of Chrystal Elizabeth, the endless classic stylings of Paul Anthony, that masculinity of Colin Tierney, the delicacy of Erica, the colorful technique from Shannon, and so many others.

In my life, I look up to one of my best friends Kate. Her curiosity is unlike anyone’s I’ve ever seen – she’s always learning about the world, herself, and others. Her talent and interests cannot be limited to any one thing. Of course, I also look up to my parents and family. Anyone with refugee parents probably know exactly what I would mean by this.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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

For my lettering work, I put in an average of 30 minutes to an hour a day. Like I said, I hardly practice anything daily, so this is HUGE for me.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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

Ugh, I am one of those people who’s in the middle of 20394838 things, always. I’m in the middle of Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler, the Freakonomics podcast, and Redirect by ___

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

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

One of the biggest things we talk about in leadership is the power of our intention. That your environment and actions can be transformed by your intention. Lettering has taught me that in a very tangible way. I have gotten through a lot of my life winging it, quick throwing things together. Though planful, I’m used to being able to procrastinating and then being fine with the result – but with lettering, I find I can’t progress without the deliberate practice. I say deliberate because it’s not the same to just do some practice strokes doodling on the side – I have to mindfully consider each one, feeling where my pen wants to go and how my hand is working with or against it. I have to be fully present to it if I want it to be any good. Cultivating that mindfulness has definitely changed me and how I approach other parts of my life, too.

#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica Chung

What’s next in your artistic journey?

I’m working on marrying my two loves – teaching and lettering – by finding places to do a brush calligraphy workshop in my area this summer. This is a whole new process for me, and requires that I find the confidence to be able to say, “Yes, I have something to teach you,” which is really hard for me as a perpetual learner. I’m excited to get to a place where I feel confident offering something of value to other people – and having a kick ass time doing it.

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#SimpleAlphabets Lettering Inspiration: Jessica ChungJessica Chung is a Minneapolis calligrapher/bullet journalist/blogger and face behind Pretty Prints & Paper. On her blog, she combines her passions for teaching and handlettering to inspire others to unleash their inner creative through tutorials, project ideas, and lessons about lettering and bullet journaling. You might find her in different states and countries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, art classes of all kinds, a cappella concerts, or at the nearest Americano. Connect with her: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope

 

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Real Life Lettering Inspiration Vol. 2

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Another long due interview- the Real Life Lettering Inspiration Vol. 2! So excited to have this published! Meet Christina, Isabel, Nicole, Agnes and Myda! All these ladies have their own unique take of creativity and life in general. Let’s hear what they have to say! In no particular order- let’s meet:

CHRISTINA

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

I’m Christina, mom to two amazing men, director of children’s ministry at my church, and an avid doodler. Recently, I’ve taken my love for drawing and began a part-time business as an illustrator.

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What sparked your interest in art and lettering? What do you feel about your progress?

I can’t remember when I didn’t draw. In fact, my mom kept a picture she bought from me at 4 years old. But there was a huge period of time that life, kids, marriage, work, shifted my heart from drawing. But it’s back now. And through posting on social media, it’s so easy to look back at see progress. I still have much to learn, but I’m happy with where I am at the moment.

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What are your hobbies? (apart from art, of course!)

Honestly, I love my real job…serving in children’s ministry. I work with a great team, minister to some wonderful families, and have a lot of fun! Between running a home, working full-time and starting up an illustration business, my additional time is about zero. When I can manage, I’m a fan of road trips, visiting the coast, board games, movies, and reading.

 

Favourite art tools and supplies?

Not really.

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Any people you look up to in the art / lettering / calligraphy field? Or just generally, in life?

I enjoy following the lettering community on Instagram, and do my best to keep comparison and self-critique at bay, but my real passion is art…I dearly love the works of Norman Rockwell, Claude Monet, and James Hance.

 

Any advice for art and lettering enthusiasts you’d like to share?

Have fun. Try new things. Seek to understand your strengths and spend time growing those, rather than picking apart your weaknesses. And start…being creative fuels creativity in other areas of your life.

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Can you recall any memory that brings a smile to your face?

Every day. For the last few years, I’ve been dealing with some significant life challenges, and a brief bout of depression. What I’ve learned is to enjoy what you have, appreciate moments as they come, and recognize that so many things are all too fleeting.

I am a complete introvert, but all the memories that make me smile involve my family and friends. Cherishing the people around you is probably the best advice I could give.

 

Do you plan on pursuing art professionally, or is it just a hobby you love?

Semi-professionally. Currently, I have my work in Tightrope Boutique, in Puyallup, WA and I have opened a store on Etsy.com

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What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading a manuscript by TJ Scar. Hopefully it will be released as his second book sometime this year.

CONNECT WITH CHRISTINA:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cwillettdesigns

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cwillettdesigns

Twitter: www.twitter.com/cwillettdesigns

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/cwillettdesigns

ISABEL

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hello everyone, I’m Isabel and I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver. I grew up here after moving from Taiwan at age ten. My Clark Kent alias is an Investment Associate in brokerage and wealth management. A far stretch from being “creative”, that’s for sure! Basically we invest large sums of money and try not to lose any of it. My current excitement (and anxiety) is my upcoming wedding in October held in Hawaii! Six months to go and I am definitely getting nervous about how much I still have to get done! That includes writing the calligraphy for the invitations of course!

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What sparked your interest in art and lettering? What do you feel about your progress?

I had a solid background in fine arts through extra-curricular training, and a passion for typography developed through creating and coding my own blog in the early 2000’s. It was and still is an obsession how much I care about things like iOS updating the system font (I am pro-San Francisco, haha!) It has been 3 months since I started practicing calligraphy, and I am very happy with my progress. I may have had an easier start because of my background, but I encounter the exact same frustrations as other letterers in our community. It does take courage, faith, and a lotta practice to work through those obstacles. A hard lesson to learn! Some days you just have to drop your pens and walk away.

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What are your hobbies? (apart from art, of course!)

I love food, movies, puzzles, beaching, and travelling. I can’t imagine not living next to a coast where I can see and feel the water. My most memorable trip was to Germany with my fiancé Terry. His parents lived half their lives there before meeting in Canada. It was mind-blowing and amazing: the architecture, the culture, the food, the sights, the smells, you name it, I loved it.

Favourite art tools and supplies?

My oblique pen holders, Noodler’s Ink (I read that it’s intended for fountain pens, not for dipped pens, but heck it works great for me!), Zebra G nib, and the trusty Rhodia Dot Pad! Recently I just picked up the Rhodia Blank Pad because the smoothness just can’t be beat for pointed pens. Also of note are my Rembrandt chalk pastels and Winsor & Newton watercolours… I should really dig those out!

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Any people you look up to in the art / lettering / calligraphy field? Or just generally, in life?

My favourite artists have all passed – Renoir, Degas, and Mucha are absolute visionaries. Their work have such a soft and romantic quality that I adore. In the calligraphy and lettering field, there are some amazing people on Instagram whose artwork I’ve encountered. It is astonishing how much talent is out there and I look up to so many of them.

 

Any advice for art and lettering enthusiasts you’d like to share?

My best advice is, do what feels the most right to yourself. Take everyone’s advice humbly, even try it once, and then decide for yourself. One prevalent practice that I don’t agree wholeheartedly with and therefore don’t do, is drilling. I think if you are conscious about what you are doing, each letter and word you write becomes your practice. Write slow to give yourself time to think ahead before the next stroke. Have a plan for how you want it to look like. Then “air-write” it before you touch pen to paper. This way your one letter is a much more developed and intended thought than writing it mindlessly down the page 100 times.

My second piece of advice is, if you find yourself needing to practice a certain letter (you’re not pleased with it, it’s not a letter you use frequently, etc), practice it in conjunction with another letter. For example, if you really dislike your g’s, write it in conjunction with an h. I found that in beginning to write, it wasn’t the letterforms that challenge me as much as the connections between each letter. Where does the g end, and where does the h begin? Again, this relates to making your practice mindful and purposeful. Rarely are you going to end up writing a letter on its own, on your final products!

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Can you recall any memory that brings a smile to your face?

Oh yeah, big time. Recently when I got my first commissioned custom calligraphy job. I jumped up and down and danced and screamed “I’M A PAID ARTIST!!!!!” All I wanted to do when I was little was to become one of those portrait artists in the park (haha!) I was SO ecstatic to have been approached, and to be offered a commission to create something for them

Do you plan on pursuing art professionally, or is it just a hobby you love?

You never know! One day I may just walk out of my office saying: this job is just too much stress and too much math and too much UGH! In which case, I most definitely will be pursuing art as a profession! For now it remains a hobby and just something I do for me.

What book are you currently reading?

This is going to be embarrassing, but I am reading (studying) the Wealth Management Essentials textbook from the Canadian Securities Institute. This is part of my official licensing as an advisor. Did everyone just fall asleep? Sorry!!!!! I appreciate you even making it this far down this interview, only to not be rewarded by the boring book I am reading! The last thing I read that I truly enjoyed was the Golden Compass trilogy. What can I say, I’m a sucker for fantasy!

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NICOLE

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Bourque. I am 27 years old, born and raised in a small central Minnesota town where “everybody knows your name.” Up until this past November I have always lived in Minnesota. Now I am a newly wed living in New Mexico helping my husband start up his dog training business! For the past 6 years I have been living with an unknown chronic illness, which has made it hard to stay motivated with my art up until lately. I am starting on a path to healing (FINALLY) and have been using art to help motivate me through.

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What sparked your interest in art and lettering? What do you feel about your progress?

I have been interested in art since I could hold a pencil. It was my favorite subject in elementary, high school and I went to college for Graphic Design. I’ve always loved the idea of hand lettering, but never had the motivation to try it. I always felt more comfortable designing things on the computer. However, now that I’ve gotten started with lettering I can’t get enough of it and am proud of all the progress I’ve made since I started in March.

 

What are your hobbies? (apart from art, of course!)

My hobbies include going on walks, training dogs (thanks to my husband), hanging out with friends and family, making crafts, decorating, singing and spontaneous dance.

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Favourite art tools and supplies?

Tombow fude, Tombow dual brush pens and my water colors are some of my favorite art tools that I currently use. I’m new into lettering so I have a ton of other tools to check out!

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Any people you look up to in the art / lettering / calligraphy field? Or just generally, in life?

In life, I look up to my older brother. He does nothing with art or lettering, but he has been my biggest supporter in my art journey ever since I got serious with it when I was 16. When it comes to being driven and successful, my brother is the poster child. He has overcome many odds and he continues to inspire me every day.

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Any advice for art and lettering enthusiasts you’d like to share?

My advice to art and lettering enthusiasts would be to never give up, don’t get caught up in perfection, and most importantly HAVE FUN!! I used to get so anxious about everything I did to be perfect. Throughout my journey I’ve learned to let that go and have realized that there is so much beauty in imperfection. And, it is less stressful 😉

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Can you recall any memory that brings a smile to your face?

On my most recent birthday, which happened to be my golden birthday, my brother called me and asked me to be the Godmother of his daughter (my first niece). I was beyond honored and the happiest woman that day! Best birthday present, EVER! Then that night I played Apples to Apples with my husband, cousin and mom who was visiting for the week.

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Do you plan on pursuing art professionally, or is it just a hobby you love?

Currently I am in the process of figuring out how serious of a role art will be playing in my life. I’m working on opening up an Etsy shop in the next couple of months (hopefully sooner!) and that could help me determine how serious I want to be about it. I’ve always wanted it to be my profession, however I haven’t had the energy to withhold that due to my chronic illness. Right now I feel like I’m getting a second chance at conquering my dream of making art a larger part again.

 

What book are you currently reading?

Since I just got married, I’m reading “For Women Only” so I can understand men better! Hopefully it’ll help my husband and I to stop sounding like an old bickering married couple 😉

CONNECT WITH NICOLE:

INSTAGRAM: @nabourque

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AGNES

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Agnes and I’m 40-turning-40. I’m a single mom to a 18yo son. I live in Sunny Island Singapore. And my day job is an Administrator in one of the local polytechnics.

 

What sparked your interest in art and lettering? What do you feel about your progress?

I know I love art. As my son gets older, I have more me-time and thus able to do the things I enjoy. And one of them is art.

10 years ago, I chanced upon digital scrapbooking and I’m still at it. Three years ago, I chanced upon lettering and I love how the words can be beautified into eye-catching art pieces

I am not progressing at all in terms of my lettering skills & techniques. But I am progressing in the sense that I know what type of art & lettering I wanna do.

 

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

What are your hobbies? (apart from art, of course!)

My other hobbies are digital scrapbooking and cross-stitching. Well, more like hoarding cross-stitch patterns & materials. Cos the last time I stitch a cross was 5 years ago, I think.

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Favourite art tools and supplies?

As I am still a newbie, I do not have a favourite art tool and supplies. Plus I don’t dare to invest in the branded supplies.

For lettering, I’m using the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (latest buy), Micron Pens, Zig Millennium Pens, Sharpie Marker, Pentel Colour Pens & Zig Clean Colour. I’m thinking of buying more Sharpie Markers cos right now I only have one (1) black.

For watercolour, I think I had fallen in love with the Pentel waterbrush. And recently I had found an Instagram account that uses Pentel watercolour paint and her art pieces are gorgeous. So that reassure me that I had made the right choice with my Pentel watercolour 12pc set paint. Now I’m contemplating to get the bigger set. Cos I suck at mixing colors. LOL !!!

I am also using the Staedtler watercolour pencils. I might upgrade to the Prisma or Derwent.

Another watercolouring tool I’m using is the Zig Real Brush. But I’m still learning how to use them.

The latest addition to my watercolour stash is a 165gsm sketch pad. And I’m loving it, because I can do wet-on-wet with it. Most importantly it is making my watercolour pieces turn out to be what it’s supposed to look like. Next I’ll be getting the professional watercolour papers to try.

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Any people you look up to in the art / lettering / calligraphy field? Or just generally, in life?

I do not have a specific person in mind where art & life is concerned. Each of us has something to teach the world. So I just pick and choose the ones that speak to me at that moment.

As I have just started on a watercolour journey, I am browsing the Instagram for inspiring watercolour feeds.

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Any advice for art and lettering enthusiasts you’d like to share?

As I am still a newbie and trying to find my style, I don’t have any advice to share. It’s more like me looking for guidance from the seasoned players.

 

Can you recall any memory that brings a smile to your face?

Yes. My first over-the-sea solo trip to London in Jan 2015. And my son’s first-over-the-sea school trip to Cambodia in June 2015 . The next memory will be our first over-the-sea-mother-son-trip to London in June 2016.

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Do you plan on pursuing art professionally, or is it just a hobby you love?

One of my other hobbies is cross-stitch. And I had created a few DIY mini projects for friends. So I do have the intention of converting my art and/or lettering into cross-stitch patterns. Or cross-stitch them myself. And put them up for sale online. But if that fails, art & lettering will be just a hobby for me. And I’m fine with that. But for now, I just wanna concentrate on enjoying the process.

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

What book are you currently reading?

I’m not reading anything now. My last read was the Corps Security series by Harper Sloan.

CONNECT WITH AGNES:

Instagram: @purlz76

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MYDA

 

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hi my name is Myda and I am a 41 year old mom of 4 children with ages ranging from 23 to 7. I love anything that has to do with creativity. Creating gives me an outlet when I’m stressed or just want to be alone. I love to paint & hand letter, (whether it’s on paper or my iPad). I love looking at all kinds of different art. I own Kinkade paintings and I have several art pieces from different Instagram friends including, abstract, mixed media, and wood pieces. I love supporting people in the arts. My husband and I own a muscle/classic car restoration shop and on the side we like to make furniture. My children all have a knack for arts as well so I encourage them with art supplies and classes!

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

What sparked your interest in art and lettering? What do you feel about your progress?

I’ve always loved art and lettering. Lettering was something I did a lot of in high school. I don’t know where it came from, it was just something I had inside of me. I’ve always loved art and would sketch and doodle mostly in high school. I stopped doing it after high school, which was back in 1993, and I have started again just a few years ago. I took a class with Tamara LaPorte called Life Book and that has helped me with learning about different mediums and how to draw better. I feel I have progressed a lot and am hopeful that I can become better with practice.

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

What are your hobbies? (apart from art, of course!)

I also love photography, wood work, movies and music. My latest hobby or stress reliever is playing piano. I started piano lessons in March of this year and I’m loving it! I love making my little essential oil holders and painting them with chalk paint. Photography is something I love to do whenever I can. I mostly use my iPhone but also have a Canon t3i which takes great photos. I love all kinds of different movie genres and music genres.
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Favourite art tools and supplies?

Right now my favorites are my Zig Clean Color Real Brushes and Tomboy Fude hard and soft pens. I also love using my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Perfect for on the go!

 

Any people you look up to in the art / lettering / calligraphy field? Or just generally, in life?

In the art/lettering I say this in all honesty, I love Aaria’s work! I love how she blends her art with lettering. I also have so many lettering friends that do such amazing work and am just in awe of their lettering and techniques. I love Amanda Arneill @amandaarneill, Vanessa @calligra_vee, In the iPad lettering world I love Karin @ipadlettering and Teela @everytuesday, I love Christie Macey @christie_macey, Laura @laurafedorowicz, Leah @little_lief_creative and Amy @lilylaneart… there are just way too many to name!

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Any advice for art and lettering enthusiasts you’d like to share?

Just keep swimming. Encourage yourself and watch your self talk. Anyone can do anything over time and practice. Try to do daily challenges which push you to improve. Interact with others who have the same interests and always encourage and uplift others!

 

Can you recall any memory that brings a smile to your face?

Honestly, i know this is cliche, but when I think of my kids and the funny things they do or say, that always brings a smile to my face.

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Real Life Lettering Inspiration: Vol 2 via Opinion9

Do you plan on pursuing art professionally, or is it just a hobby you love?

I would love to pursue it professionally! Yes, for now, it is a hobby I love!

 

What book are you currently reading?

Harry Potter Chamber Of Secrets – the whole series actually but I’m on the 2nd book now.

 

CONNECT WITH MYDA:

Instagram – @mydastouchletters (for lettering), @mydabug (for art), @mydas__touch (wood work – with 2 underscores), and @mydastouchphotos (photography)
 
 

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/mydas_touch/

 
 
www.mydastouch.us photography prints
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Thank you for sharing! Wishing you all the very best in your creative journey! -Aaria 🙂 Read more about them and see their artwork on this interview over on surely simple and this one too.

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Creative Lettering with Kiley In Kentucky

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9Hello everyone! For the Inspiration column, today we have Kiley talking about her take on lettering and her perspective on life! I’m a big fan of her work- it’s bright, colourful and just stands out!

Primarily, her tools of choice include a variety of markers, paint brushes and brush pens- reflected by the bold lines and splashes of colour in her art.

But, she’s also an evolving artist, so I’m pretty sure she’ll change it up here and there! That’s the beauty of art, isn’t it?

There’s something so distinctive about her work though- just take a look at her gorgeous instagram feed (@kileyinkentucky).

Let’s hear what she has to say!

Creative Lettering and Conversation with Kiley in Kentucky! An interview via opinion9

Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am a twenty-something from Kentucky, currently residing in New York City, and preparing to move to the Midwest United States! I recently ended my job at an ad agency in NYC in pursuit of self-employment as a hand-lettering artist and Etsy Shop owner. I am Creative Director and Co-Founder of Girl-ish (www.girl-ish.com) a lifestyle website for women in their twenties. My role in Girl-ish required me to flex my graphic design muscles, which led me to discover my love of hand-lettering! I didn’t start taking it seriously until about 9 months ago…ever since, lettering has been a constant in my daily life. From start to finish, putting a piece together is such a joyful, relaxing process and that feeling is what keeps me returning to it each day.

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9What motivates and inspires you the most?

Most of the time, I really can’t pinpoint the root of my inspiration! I can be outside, inside, watching tv, on the subway, in a meeting at work, and an idea will come to me. I simply try to take action as soon as inspiration strikes. But, what motivates me is finding my happiness. It is my ultimate goal to have a career I enjoy that brings me happiness and fulfillment, and a career in which Mondays aren’t a thing to dread. At this point in my life, building that career is the best motivation I could have!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

 

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9I absolutely love your evolving lettering style! What is your drawing/painting/lettering process like?

I have a LOT of ideas and a tendency to lose focus and get distracted easily, so I set “lettering goals” for myself each day. My ever-growing list of ideas sits in my planner, and each morning I’ll choose a couple of those ideas and make it my goal to tackle them throughout the day. Sometimes, I fly through them, sometimes I only have enough energy to get through one. But, no matter what, I always start with a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and a totally open mind! Because of my wandering mind, I like to create full, finished pieces in one sitting. If I like the finished piece, I’ll scan it into my computer to digitize in the future.

 

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9How much time on an average does it take to create a piece?

I like to keep my artwork simple. Less is always more to me! Because of the simple nature of my pieces, the entire process might take 10 minutes to an hour. My “Floralpha” Letters take me a bit longer to do since they require precision and care. If I’m working with a fussier medium like acrylic paint or watercolor, I could be working for hours! I’m not too skilled with watercolors yet, but it’s all a work in progress!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

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

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

I remember creating this piece and being so pleased with how it turned out! Of course, now, I look at it and see 20 things I would fix…but I still love it. It is great motivation to look at something you created when you were only just getting started and see the improvement you’ve made, while also seeing that you weren’t so bad in the beginning after all!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Omg! You were Miss Kentucky! (Yeah, I totally scrolled down your feed!) That must have been quite an experience! Could you share your thoughts about it? It’s quite nice to see a beauty queen with an interest in lettering and blogging!

Well, I was never Miss Kentucky, but I came pretty close! I competed in pageants for 10 years, and for the chance to go to Miss America for three years. I look back on my experience now, and I see how much being involved in that level of competition shaped me. I have such a sense of self-discipline and grit that I don’t think I would have gained any other way! I also have a closet full of gorgeous gowns and a killer workout plan that I still do to keep in shape! Haha

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9Where do you see yourself in a few years?

This summer alone, I am getting married, moving to a new state, and starting my own business. I’m taking it one day at a time for now! But, a year from now, I would like to (mostly) have the hang of running my business, enjoying the first full year of marriage with the most wonderful man, and continuing to expand my artistic skills and interests! Thinking about anything beyond that stresses me out! Haha

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Can you share a glimpse of a typical day in your life?

8:30am – Wake up, immediately head to the kitchen to make coffee!

9:00-9:30am – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast while checking e-mails and publishing any scheduled blog posts for Girl-ish

9:30-10:30am – Instagram and Blog Planning. I use Latergramme to schedule my Instagram posts, and I like to have at least 5 days worth of posts scheduled at any given moment. This time is dedicated to photographing, editing, and scheduling posts for Instagram, as well as planning ideas for my weekly lettering blog posts.

10:30-1:00pm – Time spent writing blog posts, sketching up new ideas for pieces, tackling some of my “lettering goals”

1:00-2:00PM – Lunch and errands!

2:00-5:00pm – Working on my Etsy Shop…another cup of coffee is required

6:00-7:00pm – Cooking/Eating Dinner

7-10:00pm – Depending on the day: Hanging out with my fiance, working out, apartment hunting, or all three!

TUTORIAL IS UP for the watercolor backsplash! Link is in bio, or go to www.kileyinkentucky.com and read my latest blog post on the #heftyhack 🎂HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY, @girl.ish!🎂 I cannot imagine what my life would be like–all the love and joy and friendship I would be missing–if @christiegleason hadn't called me in August of 2014 and said "Hey, I have this idea…" This is one of Christie's fave quotes and it is never more relevant than now, on the 1 year anniversary of our launch date! I just came upon this process of creating a colorful black splash while brainstorming about the perfect Girl-ish dedication. I will definitely be doing this more–full explanation of this fun ink process in future posts #heftybagmaneuver #heftyhack

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What is your favourite travel destination, colour, food and outfit staple?

Favorite Travel Destination: The Grand Canyon or Costa Rica

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Food: I can’t pick just one….I love anything Tex-Mex

Favorite Outfit Staple: A Chambray button down can be paired with anything and worn year-round…I own 4!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

 

What would a “perfect” day be like for you?

My perfect day begins with a cup of coffee and a huge breakfast of bacon, sausage, and pancakes….preferably shared with friends and family! From there, I’m heading to the beach or pool-side to read a good book and work on my tan. Margaritas and chips and guac will be delivered to me for lunch, followed by a nap, of course, then ending the evening at a cook-out, around a bonfire, dancing and talking and spending quality with my loved ones!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

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

For leisure, I enjoy reading, playing piano, and spending time with my friends and family (if you can’t tell, based on my perfect day, they’re a huge part of my life!)

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Some themes/ topics inspiring you nowadays?

I focus a lot of happiness, appreciation, and encouragement. Those are the themes I try to keep a steady hold on in my life, and those are the kinds of messages I want to share with others!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

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

I primarily use brush pens in my art. My go-to supplies are Tombow Brush Pens (my favorite is the Fudenosuke Soft Nib), or Tombow Dual Brush Pens for coloring, Micron Ink Pens, a pencil, and a good eraser! I also love doing digital art, using Adobe Illustrator. For watercolor, I love using the Pentel Aquash Waterbrush to letter or to paint, and I’ve recently discovered the magic that is Dr. Ph. Martin’s Watercolors! *heart eyes emoji*

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

How did you discover your own style of lettering? Any advice for beginners and people somewhere in the middle?

My style came out through months and months of daily practice…actually, I feel like I’m still coming into my style. I don’t believe there’s a formula or a method for discovering your personal aesthetic other than trying any and every thing out for yourself…you’ll naturally find what comes easiest to you, and will put your own twist on styles you like.

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

(Love the gold sharpie look here!)

Any fond memories in Kentucky? (Had to throw that in there!)

Most of my fond memories are of Kentucky! Kentucky has my whole heart!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9

I especially love your new floral alphabet series on Instagram! What inspired you to start that?

I’ve wanted to create a floral alphabet for years, but I always imagined I would do it digitally, as a font. One night, I was playing around with floral patterns, and the idea for a hand-drawn alphabet hit me. I challenged myself to complete the full alphabet, and I couldn’t be happier I did…I’ve learned so much about letterforms, precision, and consistency in style!

Creative Lettering (And Conversation) with Kiley In Kentucky via Opinion9What would your ideal studio space be like?

Lots of light! Isn’t that every artist’s dream? My ideal space is a quiet room in my home with a hardwood floor, white walls, one or two large windows, and enough space for me to create an organized work flow. A welcoming, but organized space is key to my creativity! As my fiance and I are apartment and house hunting for our next adventure, we are always on the look-out for my “home office space” that I’ve been dreaming of….I’m trying my hardest to stay realistic about it though! *Fingers crossed!*

 

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(Kiley’s self portrait! Cute, right?)

Thanks for sharing, Kiley! Find more of her work here:

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