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Lettering Giveaway Results + A Little Surprise


The brush lettering giveaway results are here! First of all, I want to thank all of you who participated! It’s been fun! The winners are: (Drum roll, please) a Rafflecopter giveaway The three of you will be receiving your brush lettering workbook soon, so get your pens and ink (and printer) ready!  All the others who participated, don’t worry, we’ve got…

Paint a Quick Expressive Watercolour Portrait


Hello! Everyone loves a good custom portrait, don’t they? But you know the best part about a great portrait illustration? One that you paint yourself! On that note, I’m glad to have Leach sharing a tutorial on how to paint a quick watercolour portrait! She’s an artist and a mom who makes some pretty art over at her etsy shop.…

5 Watercolour Exercises to Try and Enjoy


Hello! Today, I’m talking about watercolours. I’m a big fan of watercolour- and I hope you are, too! And if you’re not a fan yet, well, then maybe you should try it sometime. It’s amazing.  What I’ve noticed in all artists (including myself) is that we are all so obsessed with the result. We want whatever we make to come…

Brush Lettering in Different Media (with Videos!)


Hello! I’m happy to welcome back Jo of Zuer Designs on Surely Simple. This time, she’s illuminating us on brush lettering with different media- watercolour, gouache and sumi ink.  Take it away, Jo! Brush lettering can be done with a variety of mediums, so long as you use a brush. That means that you can incorporate paints and various inks,…

A Brush Lettering Giveaway! (CLOSED)


     Hello! I’m excited to have a little giveaway on Surely Simple! If you’ve been reading along, you might have noticed some brush lettering tutorials here recently. If not, check them out here: pt 1, pt 2 and pt 3. Well, this got me thinking about learning more about brush lettering- and Jo of Zuer Designs (check out her…

Digitalize Your Brush Lettering Using Free Programs pt 3


Digitalize Your Brush Lettering Using Free Programs by Jo Cheung Digitalising your lettering has many benefits. It allows you to resize it as large as you want without losing its quality, as well as give you the option to correct jagged lines and smooth out a curve. Often times, tutorials that show you how to digitalise your lettering or turn…

Brush Lettering Tips + Practice Part 2 (with Videos!)


Brush Lettering Tips + Practice | Part 2 by Jo Cheung Now that you have all your tools ready, you probably want to begin writing. You may find it difficult to get adjusted to the brush nib of a brush pen in the beginning. Don’t worry! I have a few handy tips and practice exercises that can help you use…

Getting started with Brush Lettering Part 1


I have an exciting piece of news! Jo of Zuer Designs will be writing a mini series for Surely Simple – all about lettering. You will get to learn a lot about the basics, finding inspiration and lots of helpful tips! Stay tuned! She is a lettering artist from New Zealand, you can find more about her here.   Getting…

Fruity Citrus Floral Vases: 3 Ways


Now you may be wondering, what is that title?! Well, it’s exactly what this post is all about – stating the obvious. While planning for parties and whenever friends come over for brunch/lunch/teatime/dinner..I never seem to get one thing right. Flowers. First of all, I forget to buy ’em in time, and then when I do, I just plop them…