Category: Typography


CutCardStock Design Team Project 8 – Embossed Resist Lettering and Ink Blending for Your BFF

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our eighth project involves using a brush embossing pen to hand letter a sentiment for a best friend card. We use distress ink in a darker hue than the pop tones card stock to create a soft floating effect, then add a few enhancements and hand-cut glossy heart accents.


CutCardStock Design Team Project 7 – “Just Because Why Not” Greeting Card and Envelope

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our seventh project is a greeting card “Just Because” – using watermelon inspired colors and flexing our hand lettering muscles, with heat embossing through a stencil, and ink blending as well.

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Custom Hand Painted Lettering and/or Illustration for Home Decor and Beyond

If you live in the Detroit Metro area and are looking for something hand-painted to add to your walls, please don’t hesitate to ask for a quote! There is something altogether special about hand-painted work that goes straight onto a wall or the side of a building. Murals, signs, etc. It’s a craft that was almost lost to the digital age but has been held onto for dear life by those who value authentic touches.

In the featured example, Pigmentology was asked to brighten up an old-fashioned pantry door. I’d be happy to sit down with you to visualize whatever it is you are dreaming up for your home: whether it be rustic garden signage, a trendy bedroom mural, something bright and colorful for the kids’ play room .. you name it!

My hourly rates are based on the complexity of the job and I only charge gas money to those outside of a 30 mile radius from Ferndale, Michigan. For pricing specifics, don’t forget to fill out our quote estimate form.


CutCardStock Design Team Project 6 – Father’s Day Envelope Art and Brush Calligraphy

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

The sixth project features a custom envelope to accompany the handmade card we last made for Father’s Day. We are carrying over the wood grain themes, this time opting for a brush calligraphy sentiment.


Some of our favorite new Redbubble products!

For a while I have been refining some designs for release with print-on-demand sites as a way of getting our work out into the world a different way. I’ve done a lot of research and landed on starting with one avenue for now.

So, Pigmentology is happy to release it’s first little line of products on Redbubble. There is now an update to the site navigation (up top) that will help you easily get to either our Etsy or Redbubble shops.

I will admit I am less than happy with the sizing offered (wish it would go up to a 5X as more inclusive for plus sized folk) but I am inclined to introduce other vendors as a possibility for us down the line.

I am very happy with the variety offered as I am interested in creating textures and patterns as well as typographic designs for Pigmentology products – am anxious to hear what you all think!


New stickers in the shop and some misc. updates!

We’ve got a bunch of new sassy sticker designs up at our Etsy shop that we hope you’ll love. We are also planning on getting some of these designs up on Society 6 and Redbubble so we can make some t-shirts and other such products. Many things in the works!

There is also a 100 day challenge going on our Instagram now that we’ve finished our first brush lettering alphabet, though I’ve had to put it on pause for a bit as I’ve been too wrapped up in a few projects. I’m working through a bunch of macro watercolor paintings and taking video with a macro lens. So far there are 5 videos up and 95 more to go.

I’ve decided to put the #52CafeCards on hold indefinitely, as I was having a lot of fun, but it was becoming more of a chore than anything else and not really a priority for me. Perhaps I will come back to it when I have some extra time.

For now, stay tuned for more products, as that is the goal .. making and making to add more things to our tiny shop!


Plan With Me Catch Up – March Thru April

I’m trying something new now – coming to you with process videos as I can get them done, and doing voice-over to chat and help describe what’s going on behind the scenes.

While I won’t be doing planner updates on a constant basis (more specifically, I just can’t keep doing them every time I use my planner), I hope that these process videos will be enjoyable for you!

March was quite a month. I happened to get sick (TWICE .. first with the flu and then with a death cold) which really threw a wrench in my plans and goals for Pigmentology. But I still managed to keep up with bullet journaling and was glad to have captured some process footage during March, especially as I put together one of my favorite layouts.

For April I decided to illustrate a divider page and go right into weeklies. The overview I had done the month before was nice with the goal list, but the tasks correlating with days of the month was rather redundant, so I decided against doing it again. That’s the wonderful thing about bujo – you can try things on and decide they’re not for you as many times as you like. I’ve tried to do future log type things many times in the past, always looking for a way to make them work, but I’m very much only interested in weekly layouts it seems!

With April underway, we will see what is in store for Pigmentology. Hopefully all major illness is behind me and I can really focus on some big goals for us. I don’t want to get into too many specifics get but we will see how it all comes together soon!


#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 6 – Folk

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

“Folk” as a prompt could have gone a lot of different ways, but my mind immediately went towards music. American folk art takes many different forms but the song that kept coming into my mind over and over again was Brendan Benson’s “Folk Singer.” He is a local musician and I have been a fan for a long time, so I think these lyrics are just buried in my brain.

I restricted my palette to black and white, mostly sticking to using acrylic paint to add value when needed. I really wanted to add texture, but I wanted specifically to add raised music notes, so I made my own stencil with my Silhouette Portrait and a scrap piece of acetate. I’m so glad I ended up getting a Silhouette – the ability to create any stencil or die cut I want means endless possibilities.

This was a rather simple little card but I was glad to get it done. I’m running a little behind, but am looking forward to catching up on the rest of the prompts. They’re not going anywhere, I’ll get to them soon!

In the meantime I hope you are following us on Instagram – I’ve been posting lots of brush calligraphy, working through an entire alphabet of modern calligraphy. Hope to see you there!


Plan With Me Mid March – Lots of Lettering

This month started off with the best of intentions. A brand new insert for my traveler’s notebook, a fresh monthly and weekly spread, and I had a really fun time with the cover page illustration. I always have a fun time illustrating with brush markers.

Unfortunately I came down with the flu almost immediately after filming the first part of this video. Not even joking. It threw me off my game for almost a full week and I did not appreciate that very much.

But the best part about the bujo way of planning is that you don’t have to waste any paper or be sad about blank spreads. In my case, I hadn’t even numbered anything yet and it was easy to modify for the following week, which had been productive for me, and I definitely wanted to catalog it.

I usually do my planning on the day that it happens. I’m not the type to plan or record tasks after the fact – so this method was a bit odd for me. But I’m still glad I got it all down as it got me back in the habit/feeling good about what I had gotten done. I did notice that I can’t think back on specifics very well when a camera is on me, so I ended up filling in more details and notes later.

I think instead of aiming for weekly planning videos, I will be happier to do beginning/middle/end of month video updates. We shall see if that makes more sense moving forward.


Designing a Logo for Desired Balance LLC

Desired Balance came to us with a need for a brand new logo to help kick off the launch of their website – an essential oil company that had a mission to appeal to both men and women.

As our mission is to introduce custom typography into whatever we design, I first started by sketching with my brush pen. I like to use my trusty Pentel Pocket Brush Pen as it gives me such a range of feeling in my letterforms and allows me to go from thick to thin with pressure very easily.

Just for fun, I thought I’d show you my sketches:


Once brought over to the computer, things took on a much more graphic and minimalistic quality as the rounds went on. Because we were trying to satisfy masculine and feminine markets, we came up with a solution that visually loops them together; the ascenders of the lowercase “d” and b” intersect and disappear into one another to make up the main visual mark. The “d” is based off of my own hand written script and the “b” is a modified block serif typeface. The business name is typeset simply beside the mark in sans serif modern type.

This was a really fun logo to work on and we were so pleased to be able to team up with another small business!

Pigmentology provides branding services of all kinds, from one-stop logo design to full identity packages. Feel free to stop by our form to request a quote, if you’re interested!