I love brush pens! Over the past couple of years I have accumulated quite the collection. Every time I step into an arts supply store they are one of the first items I look for. I now have so many brush pens that I can't seem to keep track of them all so I decided to create a comparison guide to not only help myself but also anyone wondering which brush pen they should invest in first. The brush pens I have compared have all been in my possession for a while so some may seem a bit more worn down than if I had tested them when they were brand new. I think though that this provides a better indication as to whether they will serve you well for the long haul.Read More
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.'Read More
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!Read More
No doubt you have already taken a trip to your local art supply store and found they have a very limited range of calligraphy supplies. Usually it's possible to source a few basic nibs, a pen holder and some ink to get you started but the further involved you become with calligraphy the more specialist materials you'll need. Fortunately there are a few great online stores from where you can purchase everything you could possibly want.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
I've just returned from a trip to New York and have lots of street art inspiration to share with you! Top of my to do list was returning to The Bushwick Collective after last visiting it two years ago. For those that don't The Bushwick Collective is an outdoor street gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn - you will find it at the Jefferson Stop on the L train.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More