Hello! I’m Sue Smith, one of the contributors to Simply Lettering Magazine. I’d like to introduce myself to you and talk about my personal lettering style…
I’m living in the second half of my life, in Milton Keynes with my husband and son. I have a big passion for all forms of crafting, and have done so ever since childhood. Hand lettering though, has a special place in my heart, and it all began by admiring my Grandfather’s beautifully neat handwriting.
My own lettering journey took off with a very fortunate start… by becoming a hand lettering artist at a greeting card company, near Thame, back in 1989. I absolutely loved this job. I learnt so much, creating captions and verses for cards in all kinds of lettering styles. Above are some of those cards which I have treasured to this day.
In 1998, redundancy forced me to seek another job. I decided to work closer to home enjoying the creativity of visual merchandising at my local garden centre.
I become a Mum in 2003, spending a bit more time crafting at home. I wanted to learn different techniques in more depth, so I worked my way through sewing skills, knitting, hand embroidery, crochet, and then patchwork and quilting.
Whilst working part time back at the garden centre from 2012, I decided to give paper-crafting a go, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love combining hand lettering with paper-crafting. Here are a few examples…
With brush lettering becoming very popular recently, it inspired me to get practising again. I feel very fortunate that my lettering skills have been noticed by several crafting companies, giving me some amazing opportunities with workshops, demonstrations, magazine commissions, logo design, product design, and even guest demonstrating on Create and Craft TV.
I think my brush lettering style is fairly traditional and classic looking. It may well lack that modern flare that some talented artist have, but everyone has their own unique way of writing. My letters are slightly italic usually. If I need more movement and bounce in my letters, then I love to sketch and design my brush lettering using layers of tracing paper to produce the effect I desire. Here are some examples of brush lettering in a few posters that I’ve made…
Hand lettering takes time and practice but the results and improvement you see in yourself over time are well worth the effort. Being able to hand letter with different styles using different pens is achievable. Don’t expect to be fantastic straight away. Work with the templates, ideas and tips from Simply Lettering magazine, we are all here to encourage and help you progress.
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