One of the best gifts we can give to others and ourselves is the gift of learning. Why?
Because when we are learning new things, we feel alive, we are adventurous, we see the world with fresh eyes, and we can’t wait to jump out of bed every morning!
Want a sneak peek at what I am learning right now?
Lettering my favorite quotes! ( I just made them into free printables you can download here!)
Here’s the secret: 3 weeks ago I was a total newbie at lettering, who wished I could make beautiful hand lettered quotes. Luckily, I found such amazing online classes on Skillshare that made my wish come true and gave my new-found passion in art and lettering! For those of you who don’t know, Skillshare is an incredible online learning community with over 3 million members and 18,000 classes in various creative topics.
Today I am so excited to be partnering with Skillshare to bring you a special gift of learning :
Two FREE months of over 18,000 premium online classes at Skillshare: take as many of them as you wish! No matter what your hobby or passion is, Skillshare is likely to have you covered with their huge range of topics, such as art, crafts, design, photography, gardening, cooking , and growing a business!
3 things I love about Skillshare:
1 . There are so many amazing classes on Skillshare! You learn from the best teachers through specific projects, which are broken up in to detailed step-by-step videos.
2 . There’s a great feeling of community and sharing when you take classes on Skillshare. Everyone can upload projects to get feedback. I love checking out the projects by my teachers and classmates in all the hand lettering lettering and art classes!
3 . Comparing to most classes in person or online, Skillshare offers such great value. You can take unlimited classes as a member. Exciting new classes are being added all the time.
5 of My Favorite Hand Lettering and Art Classes on Skillshare:
( Honestly, I could easily list 50 favorite Skillshare classes because I have so many interests: art, craft, photography, entrepreneurship, cooking, …. and more! )
1 . Brush Lettering: The Beginner’s Guide – I first gained some brush lettering confidence by taking this great class taught by designer and best-selling book author Peggy Dean.
Peggy shares lots of great lettering techniques such as how to apply varying pressure, add bounce to your hand lettering, and blend colors to create additional effect. I love her clear and detailed teaching style!
I also downloaded her super helpful hand lettering practice sheets which I plan to use in my on-going practice. If you want to learn brush lettering, Peggy’s clear descriptions and demonstrations will get you going in no time!
2 . Lettering Layouts: Create Beautiful Messages – thinking about creating beautiful hand lettered quotes to use on your own greeting cards, art prints, signs, or web graphics? This class is for you!
If I ever meet Teela ( the teacher ) in person, I will have to give her a BIG hug. I am so inspired watching her entire process of creating three beautiful quote layouts from start to finish!
I learned so much from this class on how to choose various lettering styles, and integrate design elements such as text weights, shapes, and flourishes. Teela is an incredibly talented artist and teacher who got me totally addicted to typography layouts!
I had so much fun that I made two versions of this wonderful quote: ” Do small things with great love.”
My favorite materials and tool for lettering quote art:
( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
This Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen set: I like the soft brush pen for bigger script letters and the hard brush pen for smaller letters.
For thin line works and letters I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens: the o.o5mm and 0.1mm pens are both great for clean thin lines. Other thin tip pens will work too.
I LOVE lettering and printing out my wall art on this great quality 110lb card stock.
3 . Sketchbook Practice: Grow In Your Art Everyday taught by artist Ohn Mar Win
Some of you may know that I went to art school and studied painting. Although my garden design work and this DIY blog has taken a center stage in the past few years, I definitely want to make more time for art. One of my New Year resolutions is to start an art practice!
There are so many great art classes on Skillshare to inspire me! The best way to jump start an art practice is to start a sketchbook. While flipping through her drool-worthy sketchbook, Ohn Mar Win talks about how a regular art practice has so many benefits : it feeds our creative soul and offers a safe and fun place to explore our creativity.
She shares lots of fun techniques and mediums to experiment with, and encourages each student to nurture their own unique style. One of my classmates said it best in her review: “You showed what is possible and totally achievable, with lots of hints and tips along the way. This was a big dose of wonderful inspiration and guidance I can use from this point on…and I am going to use! ”
4 . Expressive Florals: a 7 Day Painting Challenge taught by artist and designer Juliet Meeks
I think the biggest challenge in art or any kind of creative project is our fear: fear of failure, fear of not good enough, fear of making wrong choices…
How do we deal with the fear? By breaking down a big goal into small steps, and adopting a playful attitude.
If the goal of “becoming a great watercolor artist” sounds too daunting, how about painting 7 little flowers in 7 days?
As an artist, I never get tired of watching other artists paint, especially when they are enjoying the creative process, I can often sense their joy.
I love Juliet’s art. It is truly inspiring to watch her paint in such a beautiful, playful, and expressive style! Definitely one of my favorite watercolor art classes!
5 . Hand Lettering for Chalk Murals taught by designer and letterer Lauren Hom
Let’s take our art and lettering beyond the paper! Lauren’s fun 40-minute class will show you how to create a gorgeous room with a chalkboard wall, adorned with your own chalk art and lettering.
Remember I said earlier that there is such a great feeling of community and sharing? Look at what happened when a student shared her project.
Natasha created this stunning chalk art wall for their summer house ( Dacha). All the lettering is about her family members including their cats.
Are you as inspired as I am right now?
Try Skillshare here for 2 months absolutely free and take as many classes as you like!
This post was written thanks to collaborating with Skillshare, an amazing place to learn and be inspired. This post contains sponsored links.
Happy creating! See you next week!