In addition to the fibre arts, I have a second hobby that I enjoy just as much in a completely different way: calligraphy and lettering. I’m a graphic designer in my day job, and I’ve always had a love of letterforms and swirly, swooshy lines. Earlier this year I started an instagram account so I could easily share that art. Here are some of my favourite pieces:
Fancy lettering with lots of flourishes and detail…
Sharing one of my all-time favourite pieces for Micron Week! . . . . #calligrabasics #calligrabasics_microns #micron #micronpen #ink #drawing #art #blackandwhite #linework #design #creative #creativity #lettering #handlettering #handwriting #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #script #typography #flourish #quote #quotes #motivation #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #inkthusiasm
White gel pen on black cardstock…
A stylized letter B that I did for the annual “Inktober” challenge (to make a new ink drawing each day of the month)…
Letter B. I'm quite happy with this one! . . . The texture and absorbency of the sketchbook paper is both annoying and interesting at the same time. I think I'll learn from it even while I'm grumping about it. . . . #inkthusiasm #inktober #inktober2016 #ink #letters #lettering #letter #handlettering #micron #micronpen #art #artwork #artist
And colouring pages, that I sometimes colour in myself.
Coloring one of my own pages, just for fun on a Sunday afternoon! I'll get the original cleaned up a little more and then list it for sale in my Etsy shop. (Link in profile. All proceeds until January 20 will be donated to the ACLU, SPLC, and PP.) 🖍️🖌️ #inkthusiasm #coloringbook #coloring #etsy #etsyshop
“You could sell these!” people said, so I dusted off my Etsy shop and started to edit my profile there. And then… well, friends, I don’t want to make this blog political at all (I have my personal Facebook for that sort of thing. Bleagh.) so I’ll just leave it at this: then the US Presidential election happened, and I have some serious concerns about our future. Doing something small is better than doing nothing at all, so I started uploading pieces to the shop with the following promise:
**ALL PROCEEDS** from Inkthusiasm sales through January 20, 2017 will be donated to the ACLU, the SPLC, and Planned Parenthood. Every single dollar I make will be sent along. (So far there are only two dollars in that pot, but you gotta start somewhere.) There are some desktop wallpapers, printable art pieces for your walls, and I’ll be working on adding more colouring pages next.
If you like my lettering work, please follow me on Instagram and enjoy! And with that, I’ll get back to the usual irregularly-scheduled blogposts about fibre arts. :)