To kickstart a series of featured fellow letterers, I'd like to introduce you to a recent discovery: Italian artist Cecilia, the person behind @cecilia.doing.art. Originally from Sardinia (beautiful emerald water, anyone?!), she's been lettering since last July, but her love for everything crafty dates from years ago. Being a pro-experimenter, she's done basically everything there is to be done out there: polymer clay, crochet, celtic knots, macramé, knitting and an endless list (seriously, is there anything this girl cannot do?). But her real crafty-crush is calligraphy, specially blending letters, which she is particularly good at (and the reason I chose her for this blog entry!). Not to mention her love for cooking, cakes and well... everything sweet (guilty here!).
So enough talking, let's get down to business! Here's an amazing blending step-by-step piece Cecilia did for this blog. Don't forget to follow her on Insty at @cecilia.doing.art for more blending awesomeness!
Step by Step:
- Use ruled paper to letter your word or quote in black or any other dark color that will be see through
- Use tracing paper (or regular copy paper if place against light for it to be see-through) and redo your lettering in a bright color, using the previous black lettering as your guide for straight letters
- Using a darker share (in this case, dark red) create the blending applying color from the bottom up and blending through with a water brush.
- Use a ruler and a white gel pen to create the pattern on the letters. Don't worry if it is not perfect! It will look awesome once it's done
- Add the shadowing with a light grey. Make sure you always shadow the same side of a word (in this case, the shadow was done to the right) so you get consistent shadowing.
And that's it! You can try this technique for so many different styles!
Wanna see more lettering awesomeness? Follow Cecilia on Insty at @cecilia.doing.art