Hey all! It’s been a long time coming, and I’m back from holiday and ready to blog! Here are some of the highlights from the Disney Lettering Challenge I hosted over on Instagram (@surelysimpleblog). Everyone seems to love Disney, but these three ladies made it a point to work on their art and lettering for the Disney prompts regularly- and I really wanted to know more about their process.
So, in this #SurelySimpleCircle of artists (vol. 3), let’s meet Isabel, Nicole and Christina!
Starting off in no particular order- here’s Isabel and her beautiful work:
Hello everyone, I’m Isabel and I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver. I grew up here after moving from Taiwan at age ten. With a natural love for drawing, my mum always packed a sketchbook and pencil for me wherever we went. I drew everything from manga faces while waiting for food at a restaurant, to sketching my water bottle while waiting for luggage at the airport! I then had the privilege of taking drawing and painting lessons for 7 years, focusing on pencil, water colour, and chalk pastel. At the same time, I developed a strong passion for typography and graphic design when I created my own website (graphics and code from scratch)! Naturally, I wondered if I would succeed in the practice of calligraphy – the art of beautiful writing.
Luckily, I had the right person in my life to give me the nudge I needed to get started. My fiancé Terry had done his research, and curated tools and supplies to make this wonderful little beginner’s calligraphy set to gift to me for my birthday last July* (all items listed in my footnote below!). However, [insert terrible excuses], I had left the set of goodies hidden away collecting dust for 5 months, never “finding the time” to get started. I say that with some regret and self-criticism because once I did (New Year’s weekend 2016), I realized it takes as much time as I want it to take. This was really new to me as it really only takes 15 minutes to write a few words, dress it up, take a photo, then share it with the world. The response I have been receiving from everyone on Instagram has been incredible. It even encouraged me to start engaging in paid custom projects and collaborations. It has been one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my life, and I will continue to strive for improving my skills in multiple styles.
Joining the #SurelySimpleLettering challenge was SO much fun. I have always felt a strong connection to Disney creations and it couldn’t have suited me more. I knew it would motivate and inspire me day after day to create something for it. I had a personal story (whether I shared it in the Instagram caption or not) for every entry I made into the challenge. Looking back, I am proud of every piece and the process I took to create them. During this challenge, I made it past 1000 followers. This was a great personal accomplishment not just in the sheer number but when I really gained traction on Instagram. A huge thank you and hugs to Aaria for creating such a fun month of prompts and recognizing the artists who participated.
*Footnote – Beginner calligraphy set curated by Terry:
“Modern Calligraphy” written by Molly Suber Thorpe
Speedball oblique pen holder
No name cork straight pen holder
Zebra G nibs
Yasutomo sumi ink
Hi! I’m Nicole. Art has always been a passion of mine. I remember my mother teaching me how to draw a heart at the age of 5 and my art journey took off from that moment, which consisted of learning how to challenge and expand my talent. I entered drawing contests in high school, and in college I earned my BA in Graphic Design. For awhile art become hard for me to do due to living with a chronic illness for the past 6 years, so it ebbed and flowed through my life. Lately as I’ve gained more energy as I heal, art has helped me to feel productive and give me pure happiness again.
Hi, I’m Christina. I have always loved art, particularly drawing. But marriage and motherhood brought in other priorities. After 20 years, I decided it was time I got back to something I loved! Over the course of a year, I set aside a weekly appointment with my paintbrush…I missed many weeks, but then in the fall, I sold my work at a holiday craft market, which featured many lettering pieces. My success led to starting an Instagram account and putting myself out there a little more.
I think monthly challenges are a great way to build your instacommunity, push yourself to try things you normally wouldn’t, and it’s great to have a back-up plan when your creativity runs a little low. In March, I looked through several doodling or lettering challenges and the #surelysimplelettering challenge seemed like a wonderful fit. My subject matter tends to be more kid centric (my real job is in children’s ministry so that makes sense) and Disney offers such diversity and nostalgia. I was sold! After completing the challenge, I was able to go back and see the progress I made in such a short time by drawing and lettering each day. What’s next for me? I ended March with opening my Etsy Shop!
Find Christina on:
So much love for Disney and living creatively! Thank you ladies, for sharing!
Also- did you see the June challenge?