You might have noticed I share a lot of DIYs featuring hand lettering. And that’s because I really love it. I love it as a hobby and I love to follow along with others who are rad at it. I thought it would be fun to share 12 of my fave Instagram accounts so you can follow along too! And if after all this, you’re addicted too- you should probably know that I have a brushlettering online course so you can learn with me :)
Okay, you guys. I have SO many letterers that I follow online. And there are so many more out there I’m sure, but here’s some of my top picks (both local to me and around the world). If you have any you think are totally rad that I should follow, tag me (@colleenpastoor) in their pics! I love to find new feeds. Specifically… I’d love to follow some more ‘messy’ (is that what it’s called) modern brush letterers. Y’know, less loops- more ink spots. I love lettering like this or this– but they don’t post a lot of it on Insta.
Ha! Recognize that? If you’re not already following me on Instagram, I would love to be friends over there! I share my DIY, lettering, and snippets of real life (kids and home).
Hello Tosha is one of my absolute faves. She’s also one of the first letterers I ever followed and fell in love with- she also taught the only ever lettering workshop (mini! At a conference I attended) that I’ve been to in person. She primarily uses the Tombow Dual Brush Pen and often shares videos on Instagram. She has incredible composition and tasteful flourishing (my worst qualities!). Did I mention she’s witty?
If you love to smile, Rad and Happy is your girl. Her Instagrams get me every time- she’s pretty much the queen of handlettered puns. She actually does mostly hand lettering with some brush lettering (she’s so talented at both). She uses Crayola markers a lot, likes Sharpie Brush markers and Tombows. She also uses Procreate (Ipad Pro) often- I JUST got my hands on one of these!
The other day my husband told me I have to take on more of the wrapping duties this year. (I am always working at night when we wrap up gifts so last year he ended up doing the bulk of the wrapping.) I guess I can pitch in more this year, but making all these awesome gift tags should count for something, right?! 🎀✂️🎁 (Psst – they are a free printable on the blog today)
If you’re here, I’m going to go ahead and assume you love DIY as well as lettering… because I’m primarily a DIY blog ;)
My friend Alexis from Persia Lou is a DIYer with mad brush lettering skills- I love to follow along and see how she incorporates her lettering into holidays, parties, home decor, and gifts. It’s creativity x1000.
Always, always! 🍃🌺💕🌸🌿Happy #flourishingfloralfriday everyone! Loving all of your submissions to the hashtag already. Join us – we have a lovely, florally little community here on Fridays and we’d love to have you! 🍃🌸💕🌺🌿 #calligrafriends #fridayyy #hashtagchallenge #calligraphychallenge #kindnessisalwaysbeautiful #kindnessmatters #flower_perfection #abmlifeiscolorful
Ready for someone local (BC)? Feist and Flourish has such a beautiful feed of more traditional brush lettering and has recently started the most stunning hashtag challenge to showcase lettering with florals. AAAAAH-mazing, you guys.
Dawn Nicole is another seriously wonderful human being. Her style is a bit more curly and artistic than mine with tons of sweet doodles. Her feed is full of encouragement, bright colors, humour about coffee and education on art and lettering. Her usual pen of choice seems to be the Tombow Fude. Did I mention she’s a lefty?
I never wrote a mission statement for my business. It started off with creating custom paintings for people, then after I graduated with a degree in graphic design I started creating logos and wedding invitations and custom Christmas cards. I started putting together the calligraphy I learned when I was little, with the art, with the graphic design. The hand lettering was never intentional. I knew of 2 other people that did hand lettering, and it just seemed like an obvious choice – there weren’t any good script fonts to choose from, so I would just make my own. My entire business has been in response to what people asked of me. I’d do anything. Mural in their kids room? Yep. Tattoo designs? Yep. Lettered address stamps? Sure! Birthday invites, lettering cowbells as place cards, fine art paintings, sand art with worship, lettered scripture, jewelry, fancy fondant cake designs for birthdays, pretty truffles, kids room art, wedding signage… Whatever. I was like an addict. An art addict. Just saying yes to whatever people asked me to do. I loved the challenge of it. And the variety. But mostly – mostly what I loved, and love, and what is the unofficial mission statement of LL – is that I want people to know deep in their inner most spirits is that you are worthy of art. Of beauty. God thought so – he created this incredible world for us to look at and play in and taste and hear. So when anyone would let me be just a little part of their life – just a little part of that beauty- I wanted to jump right in to it. YES! Yes I will make you something beautiful because you deserve it! I feel like as Americans, we feel that art is a luxury. But I believe that art doesn’t have to be expensive – it doesn’t even have to be bought – and it’s a necessity. I am more grounded, happy, productive, prayerful, and optimistic when I’m surrounded by artful things I love. I know you would be, too. Or maybe you already are. I feel like God is leading me through a season of pruning. It hurts. It sucks. But it’s also beautiful. I don’t know exactly what the future looks like, but I do know that my heart continues to beat like a drum for people to know that they are worthy of art.
Lindsay Letters is the letterer I’m sure you’ve admired signs from on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure she has an amazing sign in half of the beautiful homes I see on Pinterest. They’re usually scripture related and always stunning.
It’s blue and lilac day for the #LettersThatBlend challenge using @crayola markers are any other type of marker that you have! Of course my lilac wasn’t as lilac in color but I thought the two colors together would go perfectly with today’s prompt for @happyletteringchalllenge. I used HP Premium laser jet paper and started by writing the first letter in the purple color. I then added the darkest blue, then the lightest and finally added the lilac color on top again to create the blend! I did this for each letter and found that the Crayola’s really blended well on the HP paper! Finally I used my white gel pen to add in some stars to really give that night sky look. I can’t wait to see what everyone does with these colors today! . • • Blue & Lilac for #LettersThatBlend with @lettersthatblend, @thiswritingdesk, @carolicityletters and myself. Stars for day 13 of #HappyLetteringChallenge with @winterbirdlettering @tjt.design @chrystalizabeth . • • 🖋: @crayola markers and #unibalsigno white gel pen. . • • #lettering #handlettering #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #brushlettering #handtype #lefty #lefthanded #typematters #surelysimple #lefthandedcalligraphy #TogetherWeLetter #blend #colorful #galaxy #crayola #crayoligraphy #nightsky #marker #blue #purple #stars
Wish Joy Letters totally inspires me with her use of colour. I usually stick to my black and maybe blue and grey but her? Every day is something new. It makes me want to get colourful, but we’ll see if that happens ;) She shares lots of process videos too which I can’t get enough of.
Blush Type is another more traditionally beautiful brush letterer and my favourite thing about her feed is the floral illustrations and wreaths she incorporates. She shares plenty of wedding signs on wood if that’s your thang.
Brittany Luiz is incredibly talented at lettering and she’s super nice to boot. She works with Tombow so you can expect to be lusting after every pen that they make watching her insta-videos!
Sometimes these #letteredsilhouettes need to have more space to breathe between letters. The message or the image call for that treatment. Other times the heavy structured and intense wall of script is down right necessary. I love both styles for different reasons; they both serve a purpose. These words are important to me and this ended up being a piece you need to slow down and read carefully. Follow the words to absorb their meaning. 📸: @resolvxd ——————————- Silhouettes – Collection Two prints are on presale through the end of August for $50USD. Click the link in profile to see all eight pieces available for purchase! #pommelco #letteredportraits
Have you met Hannah? I met Hannah from Pommel Co. a few years ago in a social media class (online) and she has the loveliest soul and the loveliest letters. Her specialty are these stunning silhouette pieces. Aren’t they incredible? She has such a unique style that mixes lettering types, brush with sans serif and other hand lettering and often does Procreate (iPad Pro) videos of her process.
Last but certainly not least, my friend Deonna somewhat recently started lettering and is totally killing it! She’s a lefty and often shares videos- I love her fun style!
That’s my 12! Be sure to tag me on other lettering accounts you think are rad :)
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