Reviving the Blog!

Hey there! 

It's been a million years since my last blog post. Okay, not a million, that's a hyperbole for ya ;) But seriously, a year and a half has gone by and a lot has changed. I would say some good and bad, but yoga is teaching me to try not to label things that way...they are what they are. And sometimes something that seems bad, happens to you, but the path it puts you on leads to lots of goodness.

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Sometimes life doesn't go as you planned and trips get canceled, jobs are lost, and you question your life purpose. Those things happen and they can slow you down, but never let them stop you. I went through a bit of a rough patch in 2016 and 2017 but I finally feel like I'm getting my groove back and wanting to ramp up my art projects more this year. Someday I'll write about what I went through last year because I feel like it's important to be honest with the world and not always pretend like everything is peachy keen. So many people go through the same normal ups and downs as you, or have curveballs thrown at them, but you'll never know about it if no one says anything. There's so much comfort in knowing 'Hey I'm not the only one who experienced that and they got through it. I can too." 

So hopefully I'll get this blog up and running again too. There is a lot I want to write about in regards to design, social justice, what I'm up to, art, cats and whatever else I'm feelin'. I want to grow my writing skills so what better place than a blog! If you have any votes for which topics you'd like to hear me post about, let me know in the comments below.

Thanks and be well.
— Elaine

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Leaving on a Jet Plane: Hallo Deutschland!

See you later America...

In case you all hadn't heard me mention this news, on Friday I'm embarking on a pretty exciting adventure. I'm flying to Germany to live/travel there for almost 3 whole months! Woohoo!

Do I speak German? Nope! I know a few phrases, but I'm going to have to adjust quickly to get by. I'm staying with my boyfriend who is working over there temporarily and he is almost fluent in German after living there for a year and a half. So he will be giving me a crash course in some key German phrases when I arrive! While he is at work all day I will have to venture out on my own so I want to be able to do things like order food in German!

 Photos from last year's trip to visit Grant in Germany!

Photos from last year's trip to visit Grant in Germany!

So I wanted to let you know my plans because I am going to be blogging a lot about life over there and our travel adventures. Get ready for lots of pretty pictures!

Our first travel adventure will be to Spain. Soon after I get there we are heading to a couple of amazing Spanish cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Nerja, Gibraltar, Tangier (Morocco!) by way of Tarifa, and Sevilla. I can't wait, because unlike my German language skills, I actually remember a lot of Spanish that I learned in school. So I'm excited to put it to use! Tapas and sangria, here I come!

Also, I'm hoping to connect with some other creatives on my travels, so if I'm coming to a European city near you, please let me know so we can meetup!

Bis spater America! (see you later!)
— Elaine

Create Your Own Hand Lettering Course

Hand Lettering Resources

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite online resources for learning new skills and create a 'course guideline' for anyone wanting to learn hand lettering and calligraphy.

Hand lettering is really hot right now and while there are lots of in person workshops that are great to attend, they can often be expensive or not at a location near to you. Thus lots of people are turning to online sources to learn their lettering. Navigating these options can be tough too as there are SO many. These online courses are usually broken down into easier to digest skills, but that sometimes leaves you wondering what you should learn next. I've also seen a few bigger courses that offer a range of topics all rolled into one program. These are excellent classes taught by some of the top teachers, but they can be expensive. 

I thought about doing one of these big programs until I realized I probably already had that information right at my fingertips with Skillshare and paying way less. Skillshare is an online platform where anyone can teach projects, but they also have a lot of big names in the art and design industry. I've put together a list of classes from Skillshare that I would recommend if you're looking for a well-rounded education and skills for hand lettering but don't know where to start with all the options. I haven't taken all of these classes myself, but I believe from the reviews and videos that they are quality classes.

Class Schedule:

  1. Fundamentals of Drawing Letters with Andrea Campos
  2. The First Steps of Hand-Lettering: Concept to Sketch (Lettering I) with Mary Kate McDevitt
  3. Brush Lettering Made Simple with Andrea Campos
  4. Bounce Letters: Adding Character to Your Hand Lettering with Teela Cunningham
  5. Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script with Bryn Chernoff
  6. Calligraphy II: Finding Your Personal Script Style with Bryn Chernoff
  7. Waterbrush Lettering Essentials with Teela Cunningham
  8. Chalkboard Lettering: Add Charm to Your Home with Lauren Hom
  9. Calligraphy III: Experimenting with Layouts, Surfaces and Digitization with Bryn Chernoff
  10. Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font with Jenn Coyle

Thanks, I hope you enjoy and learn a lot!


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