Bounce Lettering! Loveleigh Loops – Online Lettering Learnings

Over the last couple of weeks I have been learning how to bounce! By this I mean how to ‘bounce’ my letters. So before I tell you about my adventures in bouncy-town I’ll tell you what that means.

Bounce lettering is kinda what it says on the tin – it literally looks bouncy, like the letters in your word have jumped on to a trampoline and just jumped around a bit. Okay… a bit of a vague description… this picture will explain it better 🙂

There you go, I hope that helped clear things up 🙂

So a couple of weeks ago the lovely ladies of Loveleigh Loops (Jillian and Jordan) contacted me to ask if I could be a test student for their new bounce lettering course, in exchange for giving them some feedback (they didn’t ask me to write this or do any public feedback – this is all me). I jumped at the chance (or should I say bounced) as I had seen bounce lettering on Instagram and think it looks awesome.

Image from Loveleigh Loops Instagram

I went on to the Loveleigh Loops teachables website where they list their courses and enrolled on to the Bounce Lettering one (see their website for updated prices) taking note that they also offer Brush Lettering, Faux Calligraphy (that ones free btw), and will be doing a Live Flourishes workshop on Saturday afternoon (Dec 2nd at 2pm EST).

They have PDFs of the guidelines in different sizes – my advice is to print out a load because they’ll come in handy for lots of lettering practice. Don’t forget that paper quality makes a big difference though – cheap printer paper could very likely result in bleeding ink and less attractive results but it’ll be okay for a bit of fun practice before you move on to the good paper. They also have a PDF of the bounce lettering worksheets – you could get away without printing these if you really wanted – just follow along the videos or if you have two devices (e.g. an iPad and a laptop) you could just load it up on your screen.

There is a section where they recommend supplies, noting that you can use pretty much any kind of pen – fine tipped pens, brush pens, waterbrush pens etc. So if you don’t have a particular type of pen, you can still just get started! Saying that, I have just bought a Tombow Fudenosuke and I really love it – it feels like an absolute dream to write with. However the first attempt I did was using a fine tipped pen and I used a faux calligraphy style. This worked just fine and I was really happy with the results.

There are a few videos where they talk you through each type of stroke and several different ways to bounce each letter (all minuscules i.e. lower case letters). The video quality is great and its really easy to follow (I’m quite slow so I paused regularly and repeated bits). After this you’ll end up with a nice load of practice letters and can then start on some words.

Thoughtfully, Jillian and Jordan have also provided a list of suggested words – easier words to bounce, and slightly trickier ones – so you can start gentle and then do the harder words when you’re more confident. Or if, like me, you like to just dive right into the hard stuff before you have the skill to do so, you can start with the tricky word ‘umbrella’ and end up with a really werid ‘m’… hmmm… You can see in the picture above that I also had a go at a few other words and they turned out okay…ish. Could do with some more practice but that’s okay no one starts out as an expert 😀

They showed me a better way to write Lauren in a little message to me which is lovely and I’m definitely going to practice it that way!

The Bounce Lettering Tool

As well as the guidelines, worksheets and never ending access to the videos the course also includes a free downloadable ‘tool’ which comes in an excel spreadsheet. Jillian and Jordan have given each letter a ‘bounciness’ score so when you type in your words onto the spreadsheet it’ll give you a score of how well each of the letters will bounce! Awesome!!

A note about brush lettering

I hinted up there somewhere about my novice brush lettering being a bit… well… not so good. I have a colourful set of brush dual ended brush pens (thin tip on one side and thick on the other) and I just dived right into the deep end and started trying to bounce letters with these pens despite the fact that I’ve never really done brush lettering before. It’s fine to do this (I would say that because I did do it). It is fun and it’s a good way to just practice but before you do this be aware of a few things because I got quite disheartened at first:

  1. Brush lettering isn’t necessarily as easy as it looks – it takes practice to get the hang of the thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes and at first you’ll probably get it the wrong way round. Even if you know what you are supposed to do, if you are new to this, then your hands just wont do it right straight away.
  2. Using cheap pens on cheap paper = you won’t get the same finish as the things you see on Instagram or Pinterest, so don’t expect to blast something out that insta-worthy, cheap pens and cheap paper is good for practice but you don’t expect a beautiful finish.
  3. Bounce lettering isn’t easy until you know what you’re doing, try drawing words in pencil first and then you can stop and think about how each letter joins up. Then go over it in pen.

Here are a couple things you can do to make it easier for yourself and more beautiful:

  1. Pay attention to the recommended pens. If you don’t have any, order something online now and use what you’ve got in the meantime, until it arrives. I have bought a Tombow Fudenosuke (as I said above) and I love it – having a decent brush pen makes soooo much difference. I also have my eye on a set of Artline Stix after seeing them in action on a few videos online.
  2. Paper – cheap paper is fine to begin with but when you’ve had your ‘starting’ practice and you’re ready for nice paper I recommend getting a Rhodia dotpad. The paper is decent and the dots are helpful (they’re also very reasonably priced). I also like to draw guidelines in them for the bouncing and use the dots to measure the guidelines (if you see my doodle posts you’ll see I use my A5 dotpad for doodles).
  3. Just enjoy it! It’s fun and the more you do it, just better you’ll get 😀

Until next time

Lauren

x

A Design Process: Designing the Gingerbread Pattern

This post gives you a step by step process to developing a pattern. I’m going to use my latest gingerbread design as an example. There are a bunch of different ways to develop a pattern so I’m not suggesting that this is the best way. However this is the process I find useful to follow when designing patterns and I hope you might find it useful too 🙂

I’ve broken the process down into two key areas – Preparing the Design (which is where you will research and develop your ideas), and Compiling and Completing your design which is where your design really takes shape.

Preparing the Design

Step 1. Identify a theme or idea. Mine was ‘Gingerbread’ and is for the Spoonflower contest.

(This is just a screenshot btw – don’t try to click it!)

Step 2. Write down a whole load of words related to that theme. Here is my list, sometimes i went off on a bit of a tangent but that’s fine, it’s provides good ideas and useful search terms.

Step 3. Decide on its application. In this case, it’s for a general fabric pattern which would look good on Christmas things, like tea towels, Christmas stockings…

Step 4. Search for inspiration (create a mood board). Have a look on google, Pinterest, Flickr, tumblr, etc. Look around outside for inspiration, shops, bus stations, busses- absolutely anywhere. If you’re looking online, try searching by using your list of words. Here are a few images that really inspired me which I found simply by searching on Pinterest:

Step 5. Choose a feature of your design (or 2 or 3) and draw it a load of times in a bunch of different ways. I chose trees and houses, but also drew a few gingerbread cookies in various shapes. I quickly learnt that I wasn’t feeling that a gingerbread man was going to work for me:

Step 6. Draw thumbnails. The amount you do depends on what sort of layout ideas you already have, how much patience you have… I normally do between 2 and 6. I already had an idea of what I wanted from my layout so I only did 2 this time (in the image above). I really liked having a sort of rolling hill path which doubles up as a way to hang decorations and words from.

Compiling and Completing the Design

I currently do all my compiling and completing on my iPad. Some people finish their designs on paper by using a variety of lovely arty methods like (but not limited to) painting. Then they scan them in and tidy them up/finish them off on their computer or tablet.

Step 7. This is where I draw the main elements on my iPad. I use the Procreate app (which I’ve only very recently discovered) and Paintstorm (which is great for creating a technical seamless repeat pattern). This is also where I play around with colours. I choose the size of the canvas depending on what the design is for. For example my Baileys Hot Chocolate and Fresh from the Farm teatowels had to be a certain size to meet the Spoonflower requirements (the website where I list my fabric designs for sale).

Step 8. I’ve already decided my layout and now I’ve drawn the key elements (houses, trees, hearts etc) it is time arrange them in a way that should, hopefully, make people that little bit happier 😃 The idea behind this post was to explain the process behind the design, and not to get technical – if you want to get technical with Paintstorm please take a peak at a few of my other blog posts, like creating seamless patterns on an iPad :)<
nd here is the finished product:

just for fun, here is what it would look like on placemats and a tea towel! How cute would these be on a Christmas table?! 😍❤️🎄

It is really super exciting when my designs receive votes in the Spoonflower contest, or are even added as favourites… sooooo please check out my shop on Spoonflower and if you like the designs why not add a few as favourites? 😆

This design is currently in the Spoonflower gingerbread theme contest and voting is open until November 28th. If you want to cast your vote in the contest you can do so here. You don’t have to have an account to vote and you can vote for as many as you like!

Bye for now❤️

 

 

A Few Awesome Lettering Instagram Accounts

Finding inspiration for hand lettering projects is key to developing your own awesome ideas and turning them into reality. As a keen hand letter-er and newbie designer, I absolutely love to follow others and I’m constantly filling my head with ideas. I can’t possibly choose favourites but here’s a few awesome ones that I follow and I think I’ve chosen ones here that all have unique characteristics and interesting differences about them.

Before we get to the awesome Instagram accounts I’ve promised you, I’m going to start by giving you a link to my own Instagram (thepeacheytree) but it comes with a warning – I feel that my Instagram game is currently a tad ‘weak’ (some instas have such beautiful photos and I haven’t figured out quite how they manage it) so please venture to it only if you have low expectations 😂. I’m working on improving it (!). Here’s what you can expect to see on my Instagram…


Now on to the actual lovely instas 😍

Blossoms and Ink – My favourite thing about this Instagram account is that Erica (the hand lettering artist) has a lot of chalkboard posts with single letters. Her other posts with complete words are still beautifully presented, but these single letter posts are quite unique to Blossoms and Ink and allows me to really focus on the shape of the single letter. If you’ve seen my previous post ‘What is a Hand Lettering Anyway?’ then you might recognise this one 😃

Here’s a taster of what you can expect from Blossoms and Ink:


Alliras_inklings – Allira (Canberra, Australia) provides hand lettering services and posts her creations on her Instagram. As well as the hand lettering posts which are super pretty there are also pretty wedding photos, table decorations and cakes which is a lovely mix of beautiful insta images.

Here’s a taster of what you can see on her account:


Inspiredbyemelia – This is kind of what I wish my Instagram looked like, Carrie Sorrell began hand lettering in January 2017 and her Instagram account is a mix of hand lettering and iPad illustration. One of the reasons I love this insta is because Carrie hasn’t even been Hand Lettering for a year but because she’s really keen and puts the work in, you’d think she had been doing it for much longer. Being a newbie, I find this really encouraging. Here’s a few images you will find on her page:


Lepunktnoir – This is another mix of hand lettering on paper and hand lettering on an iPad. It’s a fairly new Instagram compared to some of the others I follow and so there’s only about 78 images so far. What I especially like about this Instagram account is the variety of styles – from white pencil lettering to retro style iPad lettering.


Ohaicrystal – I promise it’s not just the casual Harry Potter reference in the top right image in the layout below that has me totally in love with Crystal’s Instagram page. There’s loads of inspiration to be found here, and I especially love the iPad lettering practice videos. The only thing I don’t like about it is how much it makes me want an iPad Pro… 😆 Here’s why:


YLimeDesigns – Colourful lettering done on the iPad and with pens and paper. It’s not just the cheery colours that I love about this one though, it’s the actual choice of words again which put a smile on my face. There’s also some videos of the work in progress which I love to watch.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect to see on this Instagram account:


These are just a few of the Instagrams I follow that I find particularly inspiring. I could go on for ages as I follow loads of awesome Instagram accounts! Saying that, as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many decent Instagrams to follow so if you got a lettering (or illustration) Instagram drop me a comment with a link to your page – I’d love to check it out!

😃 😃

Ps. If you’ve got any tips for how exactly I can improve the awesome of my insta – don’t be shy, help a girl out and comment a few tips for me, I reaaaally want to up my instagame 😁

Picture Tutorial – Drawing a Flower

This is a 9 step picture tutorial on how to draw a simple tropical flower which is a tutorial inspired by my latest design. This was done in my Paintstorm app, you can get a ‘lite’ version for free on the App Store or pay £13 for the full version. For this drawing, the free one is just fine. Or you could do it using paper, pencil and/or a pen. Just make sure to let any ink dry properly before you erase the pencil lines. This flower is the same as some of the ones on the featured image for this post and the image at the bottom of this post (please check it out😄).


Step 1. In your first layer use the ellipse tool (at the top of the screen, see image below). Then choose whatever colour makes you happy and draw two circles, like the ones in the first image above. These are used as a guide for your petals.


Steps 2 – 5. Unselect the ellipse tool, you don’t need it any more. In a new layer draw the first petal. Then draw the petals like I have in the image above.

Step 6. In the image above I’ve squiggled over a bit that needs erasing. And draw the final petal.

Step 7. Add the extra petal at the top. Check that you’re happy with it before moving to…

Step 8. Clear the layer with the circles.

Step 9. Add the extra details.

I hope you found that picture tutorial helpful – please let me know if you have any questions in the comments 🙂


A couple of weeks ago I doodled a page of tropical plants. It was the first time I had drawn tropical flowers and it wasn’t great quality, but it did help inspire my most recent Spoonflower contest entry. The contest is to create a repeating design which can be used for the Lake Colouring App but it’s also important that it looks good on a piece of fabric.

You can see the page of doodles here in Week 2. I’m also fond of dreamcatchers and I wanted to have a quote in my design (as I’m all excited about my fairly new hobby – Hand Lettering) so I chose the quote ‘never stop dreaming’.

Here is the finished version:


Voting is open on Spoonflower from 2nd November to the 7th November. Please check it out and cast a few votes! You don’t have to join Spoonflower to vote and you can vote for as many or as few as you like 🙂

Happy Halloween!!

Well I don’t know about you, but I have spent my halloween writing ‘Happy Halloween’ in my dotpad. It was a fun project for an hour or so 😃

This is a post just to say ‘Happy Halloween’ to you all and show you how a piece of hand lettering work can move through various stages.

I started by sketching an idea in pencil…

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hen I was pretty much happy with it I started to carefully draw over the lines using a black 0.5mm nib (basically a black pen that’s not too thick or too thin). When I came to a letter that I felt like I could improve, I would pick up my pencil again and tweak the drawing slightly. You can see the difference between the Y in the first image and the Y in the image below.

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fter I had completed the outline, I started filling it in. Leaving some white within the lines to add a bit more interest to the letters. Then on the spiders web I drew extra lines so they would fit with the style. Then I waited for a while to let the ink dry and erased the pencil.

And here is the finished piece:

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'm pretty happy with the finished result… although I am tempted to add a few more swirlygigs (yes it’s the ‘technical’ word😂) around the top of the writing! What do you think? If anyone has a go at doing this let me know how it goes!

Ps. Here is a verymessy ‘Boo’ which took all of about ten minutes 😂😂

What is Hand Lettering anyway? Lettering vs Typography vs Calligraphy

Recently I have fallen in love with Hand Lettering. It was a total accident actually, and I only gave it a go because I wanted to try designing a tea towel with words on it. My first attempt wasn’t great… but it did teach me that hand lettering was indeed as challenging as I expected but also whole lot of fun and full of potential. So now I’ve had a few goes and a number of practice sheets I’ve decided to look into it a bit more, and find out what exactly is Hand Lettering anyway? What’s the difference between typography and hand lettering? Is it just another word for Calligraphy? Well, here are a few answers:

Typography

Typography is the art of styling and arranging printed matter, from pre-designed letters (or type). In fact, you’re reading it right now (unless you’re just looking at the pictures…). Traditionally it was used for mainly for newspapers, books and magazines but since the explosion of the internet its turned into something much more creative and artistic. In fact, it was a confusing one to learn about as the term typography is often used interchangeably with hand lettering, even though they are not the same thing. One of the main focuses of typography is creating something that makes sense visually, with technical considerations such as the space between the characters (kerning).

Image from Treadawaydesign on Instagram

Calligraphy

You’re getting closer to Hand Lettering now. Calligraphy is the art of writing in a very decorative way, using what is called a ‘dip pen’ with a nib and ink. The writer will apply different levels of pressure and change the angle slightly, whilst writing, to create thick and thin lines in a particular way. Several blogs I read say that the whole word in calligraphy will be written in one cleverly applied stroke, however I have seen some calligraphy images online where this has not been the case. If you know more about this then please comment 🙂

Image from bwl calligraphy Instagram

Hand Lettering

This is where I have begun on my wordy journey. Hands lettering is no longer writing letters but drawing letters. You can comfortably throw some rules of typography, and your calligraphy nib and ink, out of the window and focus on making some readable art. This is done by using a number of writing instruments such as sharpie pens, brush pens, gel pens etc.. and using a number of strokes to draw and embellish your words.

Image from Blossoms and Ink

The images on the ‘featured image’ for this post are from The Daily Type, Coffee, Cats and Kinder, and BWL Calligraphy.

Whilst I was writing this and searching for lovely images I discovered loads of fantastic Instagram accounts (it was so hard to decide which images to use!). I’d love to have lots of accounts to follow and gather inspiration from so if you have a lettering, typography or calligraphy Instagram please let me know in a comment 🙂

I may wish to use your images in future blog posts. Please let me know if you don’t want me to do this.Otherwise I’ll assume it’s ok. I will always link to your account if I use your images.

I’m so glad I understand the difference between these now, and I hope you understand it a bit better to. Using terms interchangeably can cause confusion and if it’s something you want to take further it’s a great boost of confidence to really know what you’re talking about (and it stops you looking silly in front of people who know what they’re talking about). I hope you found this post helpful! I’m off to practice my hand lettering ❤️

Fresh From the Farm — Spoonflower Contest

This is my third proper attempt at drawing words for a tea towel design to enter into a Spoonflower contest. It’s also the first time that I’ve researched Hand Lettering for beginners. Oh well, better late than never eh? Check out my blog post for free resources and awesome websites for hand lettering newbies!

I also learnt how to digitalise hand drawn elements, so I actually wrote ‘Fresh’ and ‘Farm’ in a sketchbook rather than drawing the letters straight on my iPad (tutorial for how to do this is in progress!). Then I just tidied the letters up on my iPad (I’d be lost without my touch screen pens for this – they’re super cheap as well, less than £10 on Amazon 🙂 )

I’m absolutely in love with the chalkboard art that I seem to be seeing everywhere at the moment (maybe that’s because I search for it but whatever). So I’m sticking to that style. There are some good inspiration photos on my Baileys Hot Chocolate post – I recommend checking them out 😉 (by the way, that design placed 9 out of 184 in the last contest!)

However this time, the brief is called ‘Farm to Tea Towel’ and the guidance is to “Turn the next trip to your local market into an inspirational adventure for this week’s design challenge. Using your design technique of choice, create a repeating design inspired by your favorite fruits and veggies”. Here it is:

Truth be told as I was designing this tea towel I had totally forgotten that the design needed to be repeating. Oh well… At least it’s farmers market inspired!

Saying that, it does still look good repeated (I actually went on to Roostery to see what a mock up of this design looked like on duvets, chairs, dinner napkins and wallpaper! I should be embarrassed by this behaviour…). I particularly like the wallpaper. It would look excellent on a feature wall in a kitchen or as a decorative touch to a pantry.

I’ve now uploaded this design to the Spoonflower contest and here is what it looks like on a tea towel – poor quality image but cool to see it as a product!

People like me (over enthusiastic newbie designers) get reaaally excited when designs on Spoonflower receive votes in the contest, or are added as favourites, so if ya wanna make a gal smile and jump around in circles, check out my shop on Spoonflower and if you like what you see – add some as favourites or share them on social media 🙂

I’m no way asking for people to actually vote for my design in the contest as there will be loads of designs uploaded, but please check out the contest and vote for whoever you think has an awesome design, you can vote for as many or as few as you like and you don’t need to have a Spoonflower account do it. I normally vote for about 5 because I can never decide on just one or two!

Until next time 🙈<<<<<<<

5 Free Online Lettering Resources

Free things are great aren’t they? Here are a few links (listed in no particular order) to some excellent free resources and information for both newbies to lettering and more experienced letterers and they’re all iPad friendly.

The Happy Ever Crafter – Becca (the Happy Ever Crafter) has lots of entertaining and informative blog posts about various lettering related things, like pen types and bounce lettering. She’s also very kindly put free downloadable worksheets on her blog – wahoo!

By Dawn Nicole – This link will take you to a page where you can download 9 pages of practice sheets! She has other things on her site too so it worth looking around but this is my favourite

Creative Market – this is an awesome page of wonderful, useful, practical tips and information for anyone who wants to learn about lettering. From what is actually is to how to create your own alphabet. There’s even links to YouTube videos for those want to watch lettering in action.

Liz on Call – I know it’s only October but I’m already excited to print out these free printables and practice these festive lettering projects. This link takes you to ‘Joy to the World’ practice sheet but there’s lots of other ones to choose from too 🙂

One Artsy Mama – this blogger has done the free course on Dawn Nicole’s page and this link takes you to a tutorial on how to get started and write the word ‘Joy’. There’s loads other tutorials and free practice pages on this site as well which look awesome.

These are a great place to start! I’ve downloaded so many of the practice worksheets i know I’m going to busy for a while…. If you have a go at any of the practice pages or tutorials let me know how it goes 🙂

Feel free to let me know in a comment of any other awesome online hand lettering resources!

Enjoy your lettering 🙂 🙂

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Baileys Hot Chocolate – Lettering and Typography

To those of who read my previous post, about Tea Towel Hand Lettering, I would like to offer an apology. If you know about typography, lettering or design it probably hurt your eyes and your soul. If you don’t know about typography, lettering or design, it still probably hurt your eyes and your soul.

Good news is, the one I’m going to show you today took so many hours that It was hard not to have improved my less than desirable skill. This design is for a tea towel recipe, inspired by the Spoonflower contest brief of tea towel recipe (open for voting from 5th November) but not with any hopes of entering as I thought I would just fail and want to hide my creation from sight…

Before I show you my creation, here are a few inspiring images of chalkboard art and where you can find them:

From top to bottom…

  1. http://cook.my/pumpkin-pie-recipe-fall-decor-thanksgiving-decor-chalkboard-art-fall/– I feel really bad about this but I didn’t check out Valerie McKeehans website until just now. It’s awesome and she does awesome things so I recommend you have a look at it.
  2. https://www.posterlounge.co.uk/pina-colada-recipe-pr604613.html -I love the coloured chalk on this
  3. https://www.etsy.com/listing/239629922/moscow-mule-print-chalk-art-recipe-print
  4. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/219955315/hot-cocoa-bar-hot-cocoa-recipe-hot-cocoa?ref=related-0

I stuck with the blackboard style but originally chose a beige colour for my ‘chalk’. I kept the same border as I used on my previous tea towel and temporarily left it white. I also did the same swirly writing. At this point, aside from googling chalkboard art recipe I still had not done research into Hand Lettering.

It wasn’t long before I abandoned the beige chalk in favour of white. Then I just needed to spend several evenings putting the recipe on. The biggest issue I had here was the layout. I put this image (below) on a design community Facebook group asking for help and someone helpfully suggested I research into a magical thing called composition. This means putting the words and pictures on to your design in a way that makes sense and looks great.

Instead of telling you everything I’ve learnt about composition I’m going to direct you to an awesome and instructive blog post by Sarah Dayan. One of her tips which I really went crazy with is to mix different font styles and sizes. I may have overdone it but I kinda like it. I also began to put some thought into which words I wanted to emphasise. As you can see, I wanted to emphasise HEAT and NOT in the instruction to ‘heat but do not boil’ and also ‘chocolate’, ‘milk’, ‘pour’, ‘favourite’ and ‘whipped cream’. However I hadn’t really thought about why I wanted to emphasise these words. It just sort of felt right.

I played around a bit but still struggling to find a way that worked for me, I asked my boyfriend for advice. He suggested putting just the top of the mug at the bottom of design and having the steam sort of turn into the word ‘Chocolate’. So I have that a go and also played around with the ‘mix together’ section to make it really fit in the space.

A few hours later…

The text has been altered and (I think) massively improved. It looks really busy but I’m ok with that. The swirls were also changed a bit to have a criss cross thing going on. I also realised that the word ‘Baileys’ needed emphasising some more, so I made it chunkier. The brush I used (on Paintstorm by the way) is called ‘after gradient’ because it tapers nicely at the ends and I just removed the gradient and coloured it white. Then to make the white look chalky I roughed it up a bit with a textured eraser. Finally I added shading to the mug.

This is the version I submitted to the Spoonflower contest which I decided to do at the last minute after someone on Instagram suggested it… it’s definitely not perfect but that’s ok, I’m only a newbie after all and I’ll still have it printed on a tea towel for my kitchen. Alsooooo…. I’ve just noticed that Sarah Dayan has an article on how to mix fonts and it may be too late for this design, but I’m going to read it now and see what I can learn for the next one.

Drawing mugs and whipped cream was fun to do so here’s a little ‘picture guide’ on drawing a mug with whipped cream if you want to have a go 🙂 I did it using the gradient brush and selected a colourful gradient just for fun. And I added a spoon sticking out.

This is currently in the Spoonflower contest and voting is open until October 10th EDT, I’m not suggesting that my amateur design deserves your vote but I am suggesting that you go on to the voting pages and vote for a few of your favourites (I voted for 5!). Speaking from experience it’s really exciting to receive votes and there are some awesome ones on there.

The next Spoonflower contest that I’m planning on entering is called Farm to Tea Towel so I’m going to design that and write a blog post about it 😃😃

Stay tuned people – it gets better every time!