New in the shop: It's January 4th, Christmas and New Year's Even have passed and you've probably already seen swim suits out while shopping. I don't care how much the retailers want you to look into the future, the truth is, it's still way too cold outside and only a warm cup of café con leche can motivate me to get out from my under my Mexican Tiger blanket it the the mornings. You're like me, this mug's for you, my friend. Cheers!
New in the shop: I dedicate this design to you, my spanglish-speaking, coffee-loving amiga! Because a girl needs to be properly fueled and motivated to do her magic.
I did my first pop-up of the season this weekend in beautiful downtown Palm Springs hosted by Interstellar Comic Books & Gifts. In the last year, I’ve only done a total of three pop ups and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every single one of them because of the connections and friendships I’ve made.
The first two times I participated in an event I was selling Lipsense and while I’m still a Lipsense distributor, I put that on the back burner to focus on the stuff that makes my heart sing; creating unique, colorful hand lettered gifts and greeting cards featuring puns and feel-good phrases in English, Spanish AND Spanglish.
Below is a short compilation of my Instagram stories that I shared the night before the event as I practiced setting up my display. Let me know what you think!
Aside from doing pop ups around town, I’ve also decided to host hand lettering workshops in my home and in the homes or business locations of friends and family.
So, if you’re in the Coachella Valley and you’re interested in hosting a lettering workshop or pop-up shop, please send me a note! I’d love the opportunity to co-create an event that is fun for all.
Ahhh, this one's for all of you kind hearted humans who've adopted a fur baby (or fur babies) of your own. ❤ 🐶
And for my 4 pound furry bundle of joy who inspired this hand-lettered design as we snuggled with a blanket on the couch, watching Netflix and drawing on the iPad. There's nothing like snuggling with my personal little "leg warmer" on a cold winter day. She gets so happy when she sees me walking to the couch with a blanket 'cause she knows she's gonna get petted and hugged and told she is loved many, many times in all my annoying high pitched voices that that only she could love.
About the lettering on this mug
As I mentioned above, I created this piece on the iPad, using the Procreate app. It took me close to an hour to create this design because I'm not very experienced when it comes to block lettering and kept making the letters and erasing them over and over again until I was satisfied with them.
When I think of hand lettering, I always think about cursive, bouncy letters and flourishing, which had pretty much become my signature style. But I started feeling a little bit stagnant in said style and hadn't seen my work evolve in a while until I stepped out of my comfort zone.
So, if you're on this lettering journey with me, my advice to you today is to not be afraid to try something new. It doesn't have to be ALL new at once. Just give your traditional work a bit of a new flair or a funky spin and see how you like it. As you can see in this piece, I kept my cursive bouncy lettering but I used block lettering (something new to me) as a focal point. By mixing a different style of lettering with my own, I was able to create a piece that has visual impact, is easily legible and has a more artistic look to it that it would have had I only used cursive lettering.
Where to find this mug
You can find this and other mugs in my collection at HandLetteredMugs.com.
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Hi - I'm Dio!
& LipSense Distributor on a mission to color your world!
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