I'm thrilled that chalkboard art is so popular right now! This is a design I just did for the tote bag company I do a lot of work for, and it was just bought by a big store chain yesterday! So, in about 6 months, it should be printed and shipped and in the stores as a large recycled poly tote bag. (and I think I'll make some prints and cards from it and offer them in my etsy shop).
Here's what it looked like when I was playing with the design:
I work out the "doodle" at about half size, doing a lot of scribbling and erasing until I like the result. I like to work on tracing paper, which lets me jot out ideas and layer them, auditioning how they might look.
Here's another design I'm developing:
and one more:
Over the holidays, I did hand lettering on a mirror as a gift for a young friend. The words are lyrics from a Justin Timberlake song that are meaningful to my daughter and her BFF:
I had some enamel paint pens that work great on glass. HOWEVER, working on that reflective surface about made me go NUTS. It was hard to transfer a guide to the glass, and then hard to draw a line and have a doubled reflection of it show up underneath it. Between the fumes from the paint pen and the double images, I ended up with one killer headache!!
And it was also really hard to photograph that mirror surface! I have to hand it to pro photographers who can do that so well.
Anyway, back to the hand-lettering. On dark blue cardstock (school color!), I used a white gel pen to script each name. She also had to come up with new little "Door Dec" nametags for the new semester, so she was able to use these little cards to serve that purpose as well. Two birds ~ one stone!!hand lettering!
I love your hand lettering too, Margy -- it's so "you"! will the "poster" (what do you call them?) that you made for grr's bff hang on a wall or in a window? xox - didiReplyDelete
Congratulations on your success with you beautiful hand lettering. That is so great that a company loved it so much and bought it. Good for you! I love it! You are such a talented lady.ReplyDelete
Karen B. ~ Todolwen
Maggie, your work is just stunning and congratulations on the bag!!ReplyDelete
Oh it's all so scrumptious. You are so talented I could look at your lettering ALL DAY!ReplyDelete
As many others have said you work is wonderful!ReplyDelete
Beautiful lettering!! It's really nice to see your work in progress. And I'm happy to hear your beautiful design will be on bags soon, congrats!ReplyDelete
Oh my.......your mirror is gorgeous, Maggie. I have a smile on my face at the sight of Australia in your design......we are a long, long way away. down here at the bottom of the world!ReplyDelete
I'm so happy I could meet you from the GYB party! Your work is amazing, of course I love the soldering part but your letters and illustrations are fabulous. I will enjoy reading you.ReplyDelete
may i ask what is the brand of the white paint marker you used on the mirror? i'm trying to find something similar that could be used on plexi glass. thanks! :)ReplyDelete
I used a paint pen called "Painty Twin" by ZIG on the mirror. It's filled with an oil-based permanent paint that dries to a nice hard enamel. The pens come with a different color on each end (the one I used has a white nib on one end, and black on the other). Mine are years old and still work great. Not sure if they are still on the market or not.Delete
Your work is breathtaking Maggie. Love the mirror and your work.ReplyDelete
Love your tote bag design (congratulations!) and the hand lettered mirror! Both are gorgeous! Thanks so much for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Hand Lettering Goals! I love it...ReplyDelete
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