12 tips for creating a successful calligraphic artwork

12 tips for creating a successful calligraphic artwork

Creating a calligraphic artwork is daunting. There's a lot of pressure to fill that blank page with something amazing. Most times you don't even know where to start and a lot of people end up avoiding creating them altogether. I didn't want to be that person so on Saturday I attended a 'Layout & Design' workshop with Debbie Longfield to learn some 'simple techniques to guide you through the steps to achieving a beautiful layout.'

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Five lettering based street artists you need to know

Five lettering based street artists you need to know

Murals incorporating calligraphy and lettering are becoming more and more popular. Here are five of my favourite lettering based street artists chosen for their roles in pushing the boundaries or for their killer styles. I'm happy to say three are female which is pleasantly surprising in such a male dominant field!

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SUMMER SCHOOL IN WINTER 2016

SUMMER SCHOOL IN WINTER 2016

This is the second year I have travelled to Melbourne for the annual Summer School in Winter (SSiW) Calligraphy Conference. SSiW is run by the Calligraphy Society of Victoria and is the biggest calligraphy event in Australia. Each year at the end of June/start of July the society invites five talented tutors from all around the world to travel to Melbourne and run calligraphy workshops. This years tutors included Brody Neuenschwander (Belgium), Susan Hufton (United Kingdom), Amity Parkes (United States of America), John Mathieson (South Australia) and Tamara McKimmie filling in for Olive Bull (Tasmania) who unfortunately had to cancel due to illness. 

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STREET ART INSPIRATION IN MANHATTAN

STREET ART INSPIRATION IN MANHATTAN

If you're looking for street art in Manhattan, New York your first stop should be Little Italy. Since 2012 the L.I.S.A. Project (Little Italy Street Art) has been attracting a diverse group of street artists to paint murals in the neighbourhood. The murals were originally focused along Mulberry Street but have now spread to SoHo, Lower Eastside, East Village, Chinatown and Chelsea. Spotted here was a very new piece by D*Face alongside work from Buffmonster, Shepard Fairey (Obey) and Tristan Eaton.

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WHICH TOOLS DO I USE FOR BRUSH LETTERING?

WHICH TOOLS DO I USE FOR BRUSH LETTERING?

Brush lettering has become super popular lately due to the interest in Modern Calligraphy styles of writing. Even traditional signwriting has become cool again which I love! In this technologically driven world more businesses are wanting to show authenticity in their brand and are using 'hand made' techniques like hand lettering to do so. 

 

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WHICH TOOLS DO I USE FOR CALLIGRAPHY?

WHICH TOOLS DO I USE FOR CALLIGRAPHY?

There really isn't a simple answer to this question. 

As there are many different styles of calligraphy around the world there are also many different tools used to create these styles. In the general sense though most calligraphy is written using a nib, pen holder and ink. It is the nib that is the most important factor in creating different styles. There are two main categories of nibs, pointed pen and broad nib, and they each have their own characteristics.

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Five street artists you need to know

Five street artists you need to know

Let's face it, there are a LOT of talented street artists painting murals all over the world. Each one with their own unique methods and styles. A select few however stand out as being especially inspirational to me. See how many you know...

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Review: PUBLIC CAMPUS 2016

Review: PUBLIC CAMPUS 2016

2016 marks the third consecutive year that FORM, a non-profit arts organisation based in Perth, has held Public festival in their home state of Western Australia. The aim of the festival is to promote art, urban activation and creative conversation through street art. Each year a line up of talented international and local artists are engaged to produce amazing murals for the publics benefit. 

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How to easily transfer your lettering design onto a wall

How to easily transfer your lettering design onto a wall

THE OVERHEAD PROJECTOR METHOD

Let's say you have a kick-ass lettering design that you want to paint onto a wall for the world to see. Only problem is that you have no idea how to get the lettering onto the wall. Perhaps you are a mural beginner and haven't attempted an artwork this large before. Or maybe your design is super intricate and you don't have the patience to try and redraw it freehand. Just follow these simple steps and you'll be painting in no time!

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