As you may know or may not know, I recently collaborated with a natural dyer and designer, Rebecca to finish her much anticipated e-book by handlettering the main title and section titles. She was looking for natural and relaxed style of handlettering and she thought that my style would be perfect. I asked her to pick one of my handlettered quotes she liked the most so I could have it on hand to maintain consistency throughout her e-book.
I first tried a few different brush pens and discussed with Rebecca, making sure we are on the same page and that I understood exactly what she was looking for. She was a fantastic person to work with – she was fast to respond my emails, and was very clear with what she wanted so the creative process was a breeze.
Reading her e-book after its recent launch, it is beautifully designed and full of useful advice about natural dyeing – from gathering plants to equipment & safety to colour fastness. It would make a handy reading material for beginners natural dyer and being keen to try out natural dyeing myself, I would definitely recommend it. Personally, a good design is important to me too so this e-book is even more special with stunning photos and clear layouts. So if you are also interested, buy her e-book here!
I am always interested in reading a story behind the creation and this post of Rebecca’s about working on a dream project is a lovely read.
I think it is clear that I am really honoured to be given an opportunity to do a big handlettering related commission and to be a part of this amazing e-book!
When I first heard about Elle Luna‘s The 100 Day Project, I wanted to join but I couldn’t come up what I was going to do. I wanted this new project to be something focussed and as I finally decided to do handlettering I joined in two days later. Better late than never, right?!
I originally wanted to do the usual process – handletter to perfection, scan and edit every time but I realised that with my year of creative habits project and work commitments I wouldn’t have time so I just look up for a lovely quote, write it in my sketchbook pages for couple of times and take photo (hence these slightly weird shadows and inconsistent grey backgrounds, which I kinda like anyway!).
Naturally, I am loving it! This project gives me a chance to really practise with handlettering as well as experiment with different pens and styles.
I am also pleased that through this project, I got commissioned by lovely Rebecca Desnos to handletter titles for her new e-book about natural dyeing, which I got really interested in from following her seriously beautiful Instagram account and want to give it a whirl. If you are curious too, do sign up to her newsletter to get a discount code when her e-book gets released very soon! Stay tuned for more detailed post about this exciting collaboration.
Follow my 100 day project over at Instagram by using this hashtag #100daysofkshandlettering and see the rest of my handlettering with #kshandlettering.
Are you doing #THE100DAYPROJECT too? I’d love to see what you have done so far!
I started my handlettering experiment about two years ago. It started with a friend remarking that my handwriting was gorgeous and since I have always admired handlettering kind of illustrations, I gave it a try out of curiosity. It was for fun at the start, knowing that I have not found my style yet but until this autumn – I got commissioned to design a wedding stationery and 1st birthday party invitation because the clients loved my handlettering “portfolio” I occasionally posted on my Instagram. When they got in touch asking me to use my awesome handlettering skills to design their invitations, I was terrified but being brilliant at giving myself a pep talk, I said yes with no regrets. I am sharing a selection of handlettering I did in 2015, including the commissioned ones. I hope you like them!
Christmas is only a month away!
Obviously, I am a huge supporter of small businesses and I try to buy from them as much as I can for gifts or something for myself. Being a small business owner, I wholly understand how a purchase, even just a card, means so much to every single small business because basically, it helps us to live. But it is not all about small business owners. It is also the products you buy that are very special, one-of-a-kind and made with heaps of love. It is a win-win situation!
I have compiled a mini list of handy links on why you should buy from small businesses and how to support them:
It truly makes us happy when we receive a new order email – I’d spend a good amount of time carefully packing an order and make sure that it would make my customers smile. I bet you that I am not an only one that really enjoy packing orders, it is actually one of my best bits in running a business and I am eternally grateful for this, as well as the fact that your purchases, small or big, are helping my business to grow.