Hi, @janinescribbles here! Very excited to be featured on @surelysimplechallenge!
My prompt is coffee, one of my favourite daily necessities and a favourite word to letter, because of the letter shapes and the challenge of two double letters. I did a graffiti-style lettering piece in bold colours, I thought that fitted the subject right. The graffiti style allows you to vary the double letters just enough to make it interesting. To draw letters like these, swipe for a compilation of how I draft such a lettering piece. For this graffiti-style lettering I use any gel pen for opaque colours and a fountain pen with waterproof ink or a waterproof brush pen for the outlines.
My love for letters, lettering styles and handwriting started when I was six and my dad gave me a couple of his old fountain pens. The spark for writing instruments, handwriting and anything stationery basically was ignited. I love trying out many different styles and writing tools to see which tool works best for me for specific styles. I am fascinated by any type of lettering, from calligraphy, brush, marker, ruling pen to simply daily handwriting. My work as writer, translator and editor has taken a much more physical turn in that respect. I love all lettering tools, but fountain pens have remained number one since that day my dad handed me those two pens.
My tip for anyone starting out in calligraphy or lettering is to take the time and focus to see how letters are constructed. See how lines and shapes relate, angles, etc. Don't be fussy about the tools to use, any pencil and piece of paper will get you started. Also, don't be afraid to go directly in ink. You won't be able to "correct" it like pencil, but it will allow you to come up with ideas of how to deal with what you think has gone "wrong". Most importantly: learn from all the wonderful examples out here on social media but don't compare your first attempts with someone else's product of years of experience. We all started at the same place and we are all -I know I am!- still learning daily from our attempts. Just have fun trying different styles and tools!
Hugs, Janine ....
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