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!

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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 🙂

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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