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Monoline typography, digital print design.

Everything Was Beautiful – Monoline Lettering Process Video and Digital Print

Brush calligraphy has been a serious obsession of mine for the past 4-5 years. As I’ve perfected my technique (and am still learning more every day), I’ve also been interested in mastering other lettering techniques.

A collection of vintage nibs have come into my possession, many of them different sizes of Speedball B series round nibs. I love creating graphic compositions with a light sketch before using sumi ink to execute with different nib sizes and a straight holder.

“Everything Was Beautiful” in the process video to the right is a Kurt Vonnegut quote that has always spoke to me. I decided to make the artwork into a digital print as well, which required scanning the original and reworking the design in Adobe Illustrator.

If you are interested, I implore you to check the link below which goes to our Etsy listing for the item. And stay tuned for more monoline lettering goodness! As always, we take custom orders. Select “request custom” on any Etsy listing or send us a contact form and we’ll get back to you with a quote ASAP!

Warm Wishes

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 19 – Simple Frosty Metallic Hand Lettered Die Cut Card

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!

For our nineteenth project we will take you through our process of hand lettering with brush pen and turning what we letter into a digital die cut file for a stacked card stock card sentiment.

Merry & Bright

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 18 – Night Sky Holiday Card – Distress Oxides + Partial Die Cutting

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!

For our eighteenth project today we are taking part in the CutCardStock holiday countdown with a tri-fold holiday card. Using partial die cutting, distress oxide ink blending, and of course lots of hand lettering.

Pigmentology Lettering Tut 2

Pigmentology Lettering – Tutorial 2 – Follow Along with Brush Style Capitals

Welcome to our second lettering tutorial in our introductory series.

Today I’m demonstrating brush script capitals with a tombow dual brush pen. Feel free to follow along with your own pen and paper.

In our first lesson we discussed how real brush pens help us with muscle memory and determining how much pressure to use. Tombow dual brushes are felt tip pens, so they are much easier to control.

This alphabet is my variation on a casual script style, often used in sign painting. Enjoy!

Pigmentology Studio Tour

Pigmentology Studio Tour Winter 2017 – Hot Mess Craft Room Realness

While I was tidying my craft space I decided it might be fun to say hello and show you around really quick! I am planning to move my studio to the spare room next door and am going about it very slowly as I figure out organizational tactics and shelving plans.

For now, my creative space is not very pretty but it is somewhat thought out and well used, so I did minimal tidying before I started filming in an attempt to show you what it looks like most of the time.

If you’re wondering: the drafting table is from Amazon and has a glass top. I could do a whole separate post/video on that table, but for time’s sake I went through everything in the room quite generally.

Other bigger items featured:

Printer is Canon Pro-100 – Amazon

Typewriter is Smith Corona Classic 12 – ebay

Die cutting machines: Silhouette Portrait and Cricut Cuttlebug mint

iMac

Samsung NX30 (product photo camera)

OttLite for lighting photo area – Amazon

LED drafting table lights – Amazon

Lazy Arm Camera Mount – Amazon

Plastic organizers – Michaels, Dollar Tree

Cube shelves – Amazon

Mixed media wall decor.

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 17 – Faux Wood Reverse Canvas Holiday Decor

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!

For our seventeenth project today we’re making a mixed media reverse canvas using red, white, and green card stock for holiday themed decor. We create a faux wood effect with collage paper and wood grain stamps as well as add silhouette portrait digital die cut letters/design elements.

Pigmentology Lettering Tut 1

Pigmentology Lettering – Tutorial 1 – Real Brush Pens and Muscle Memory

Welcome to our first lettering tutorial!

Today we are focusing on the importance of mastering pressure with real brush pens (or even just a brush and ink) when learning brush style hand lettering.

If you’ve learned something, give us a like so we know to do more. We’d love to keep this series going and get some input from you along the way!

Thank You Card with Distress Oxides

CutCardStock Design Team – Project 16 – Thank You Card with Distress Oxides and Halftone Stencil Technique

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 sixteenth project is another thank you card, created while playing with new Distress Oxide inks.

Coffee Greeting Card

CutCardStock Design Team Update – Projects 14 + 15

We’ve been so busy, we’ve neglected our design team updates! So we’re including two in one here, but as usual, everything is always over at the CutCardStock blog.

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 fourteenth project is a set of fall themed coffee cards. I made them as a personal thank you to some coffee nerds, using lots of fun patterned paper and hand lettering techniques.

Our fifteenth project features thank you cards using origami patterned paper as a design element. We have two sentiments, one a basic “thank you” and a “cheers!” option for a more celebratory occasion.

Pink, Teal, and Black Galaxy Fluid Orb Cabochon Pendant Necklaces

Pigmentology Pendants – “Orb” Line Added to Etsy

Time for yet another Etsy update! You may be seeing a few consecutive updates to the store as we’ve been developing lots of new products that are finally coming to fruition.

We’ve been working on lots of new pendants especially, so keep an eye on this space (or “favorite” us on Etsy!) for updates.

Each Pigmentology Orb pendant is unique, utilizing the abstract art found in pouring a fluid acrylic skin. We adhere the artwork to a flat-glass cabochon  “water bead” which magnifies/frames the artwork.

The bails are hand-coiled, made with a thin galvanized steel wire. A jump ring attaches the piece to an adjustable black 30 inch satin cord. The back of each pendant is secured/covered with epoxy.

Orb 3 from this pink, black, and teal collection has already been sold. At this point, 4 variations remain under one listing. Take a look!

Orb 1
Orb 2
Orb 4
Orb 5