Late last summer I received a custom lettering request for a mug that read: "My future husband has and awesome future wife". At first, I felt like it seemed like a lot of text to go on a mug, but being the problem solver than I am, I pulled out my sketchbook and played aroudn with different ways to arrange the text so that it was both artsy and easy to read.
The trick to making text easy to read is by creating focal points so that your eye is drawn to a few main words, allowing your brain to easily process the info and fill-in rest as if by instinct. As an artist, I couldn't help but to pat myself on the back after I completed this design. My customer LOVED it, and that made me love it as well.
Who is this mug for?
The person who ordered this mug is freshly out of a relationship and hopeful to find Mr. Right one day. But I feel it would also make a nice gift from a future groom to his fiancee and a great gift for a newly engaged friend.
Gift Basket Idea
My daughter's school is having a silent acution to raise funds for for their music program. I created a couple of gift baskets to donate, including this one with a date night theme, featuring my "awesome future wife" mug. The basket includes: a pink clutch purse, beaded pearl necklace, champage, tea light candles and candle holders, champagne, Modern Muse shower gel by Estee Lauder, and of course, my hand lettered mug. Hoping it raises lots of funds for those little noise makers! Uh...I mean,..mucisians. Heehee.
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You can find this and other mugs in my collection at HandLetteredMugs.com.
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I was very touched by a coworker who found out I was selling hand lettered coffee mugs to help raise money for my daughter's 4 day band competition trip in the spring. She said she couldn't think of anything clever to put on a mug but wanted me to accept a small contribution towards my daughter's trip. After talking to her for a while, I found out her son is a school band teacher in another state and that she enjoys golfing, which sparked an idea that lead to this design.
I'm going to surprise her with this mug on Friday in appreciation of her generosity and kind gesture. She's such a sweet lady. I'm so blessed to work with such a nice group of people.
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I am notorious for drawing hearts, birds and flowers, and you know what? That's okay! I think we all have our "go to" icons when doodling, as soon as we hold a pen in our hand, it just becomes second nature. The hand draws what it "knows" how to draw. It's like driving home from work and realizing you're home already but you really don't remember all the traffic stops you made, as scary as it sounds, your mind was just on automatic and got you where you wanted to go without thinking.
One way to keep things interesting and continue to evolve in your drawing abilities is to push yourself beyond your "automatic" setting, by consciously adding new details to your doodles and/or trying a new medium. And that's exactly what I did last week.
Since I've been trying to improve my hand lettering abilities, I have practicing daily the last couple of months. I've gotten pretty comfortable with it, not so much to where I would take on a commission project, but comfortable enough to try my craft on a new medium. Being the pen/marker hoarder that I am, I had purchased a set of ceramic pens around Christmas time thinking they would come in handy for my holiday crafts. They did, but I didn't create anything magical or worth sharing until now. I took those pens to a set of plain coffee mugs and THIS happened. Yes, I was nervous about possibly ruining the mugs, but I figured I could always use them to plant some succulents in them. Luckily, I love how they turned out! Especially this one. I really like the way the metallic ink adds to the overall design. Yes, I let my hand draw what it automatically draws: hearts, "love" lettering and dots; but I applied those icons in a different combination while using a new medium - and I surprised myself! I want you to surprise yourself too and I encourage you to try a new medium whenever you have the chance. If you normally doodle with pen, use water colors. If you normally use black pen, use two different color markers instead. Try anything as long as it's a new creative process for you and don't give up if it doesn't turn out to your liking your first time around. Once you practice enough, you'll come to another break through in your artistic growth and just like that, you'll be ready for your next challenge.
I love paper punches and die cuts, and my favorite one of all by far is the 2-inch scallop circle. These cute bits of paper goodness are so versatile, you can use them pretty much for anything!
You can use them to layer onto gift enclosures like I did in the image below...
Monday Hues: In honor spring, today's color inspiration comes from a flower I drew on scrap paper, and eventually turned into a gift tag. One of the things I like to do, is find the hidden colors within an image, rather than gravitating towards the obvious, which in this case would have been pink, blue green and yellow. Instead, we ended up with a palette which consists of plum, orange, mint green and chartreuse.
DIY Doodle Gift Tags
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Supplies - below is a list of the supplies I used o create the gift tag:
• Black Sharpie Pen*
• 2"x3.5" piece of scrap card stock
• Metallic*, Moonlight* and Glaze* Sakura gel pens
• Washi Tape*
First I drew the flower with a black sharpie pen*, then I added color to it with different types of gel pens. While the pink Moonlight pen* is what gave the drawing the flat pink strong color, the yellow Glaze pen* gave the image its highlights with a bit of dimension and shine. The ink from the Glaze pens tends to dry raised and shiny, making your piece look as if it were embossed or treated with thermography - I love that! As a final touch, I trimmed the bottom edge with washi tape*, then punched a hole at the top to draw a string. And just like that, with a bit of scrap paper in hand, gel pens, and washi tape, I was able to create a gift tag AND draw color inspiration from it for future projects.
Happy Monday, my friends!
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