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Join the 2020 Creative Challenge + Month 2 = Hand lettering

If this is the first time that you hear of the 2020 Creative Challenge, then you can find out more about it here. Hand lettering will be the theme of month 2 of the 2020 Creative Challenge, last month we tried our hands at watercolor painting. I just love the ideas and submissions that we received on our Creative Challenge Facebook Group and remember that you can start and share any of the challenges’ images if you participate with us in this group.

February 2020 Creative Challenge – Handlettering

I consider my friend Carla from Moi Decor Hire an expert when it comes to this art form. I even commissioned a custom artwork for my little princess’ nursery that was expertly framed by Printwild.

Custom handlettering kids wall art 'Little Steps every day' Image by Hello Love Photography

Hand lettering takes a more illustrative approach and really encompasses anything that isn’t calligraphy or typography.

Some interesting definitions:

  • Hand lettering = drawn using multiple strokes
  • Calligraphy = written using single strokes
  • Typography = arranged using preformed letters

When it comes to hand lettering, the instrument you use does not really determine the font as you draw and re-draw or paint and re-paint to get the desired look and feel. People often do hand lettering on chalkboards for decor at weddings and special occasions. They also use watercolour paints or inks for the stationary.

There are some really great things that you can do with hand lettering like

  • Decorating glass jars, bottles or vases
  • Making guest seating charts
  • Make artworks to frame
  • Decorating snail mail
  • Perfect gift wrapping and card creations

The image below was from our florals & frills bridal styled shoot a few years ago, also by Carla from Moi Decor Hire and captured by Carike Ridout Photography.

February 2020 Creative Challenge - Hand lettering

Some great resources:

And this video is really great to get started with the basics

There are 12 ‘projects’ outlined for this year, you might be familiar with some, all or none… You do not have to be an expert or even intermediate to try your hand at these, just try something new and who knows, you might have a talent you were not aware of.

Here’s how you can get involved in the 2020 Creative Challenge

  1. Join the official Creative Challenge Facebook Group
    Ask questions about technique, share your struggles and show off your progress
  2. Collaborate in the Creative Challenge Pinterest Board
  3. Snap and share photos of your favourite projects, tips and tutorials on the Facebook Group / Instagram using the #lovileeCreativeChallenge hashtag, so that we can all follow your journeys.

Are you up for the challenge? Have any questions? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to answer for you. I look forward to connecting with you, fellow creatives!

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