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My Top 6 Favorite Brush Pens

After lettering and collecting brush pens for over 7 years now and doing countless “What’s That Pen?” Honest Pen Reviews, by far one of the most common questions that I get asked is, “But which brush pen is the best?” That answer isn’t an easy one! Like most questions, the answer is, “Well, it depends!”…

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Your Lettering Foundation: Basic Strokes

At a very young age (I’m talking “playing with building blocks” young) we learn that the key to a solid structure is a sturdy foundation. Without that solid base – anything you try to build on it will collapse. This applies to so much in life – including your lettering journey! You need to master…

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How To: LEGO Heart Valentine’s Day Favor

A common conundrum that I’m sure most parents come across when it comes to classroom holiday favors is that you want something that is, one, not food with so many different dietary restrictions in every classrooom and, two, a gift that won’t end up in the trash just creating more waste. Last year, my girls…

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“Word of the Week” Free Lettering Worksheet Series

Click the link below to jump to: Free Word of the Week iPad Brush Download Supply List “Hello” Worksheet Tutorial Word of the Week Lettering Worksheet Signup Welcome to the Word of the Week! What is the “Word of the Week”? It is a free, weekly hand lettering worksheet series. After you sign up, once…

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The 12 DIYs of Christmas

It’s here! The holiday season! And while every year, the most special gifts to give and to receive are the handmade gifts, this year more than ever, the ability to “DIY” a gift is key! The less time we have to spend in stores and the more special we can make our loved ones feel…

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Procreate Animation 101

One of the most amazing features that Procreate 5 gave us is, hands down, the animation feature. There is so much you can do with your Procreate animation studio and so many fun ways you can share your animations. In this 2-part tutorial series, you will learn how to create a fast and easy “Cheers”…

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Tutorials of Christmases Past

In addition to the 12 DIYs of Christmas Series, this is your one-stop-shop for all the tutorials and freebies of Christmases Past. I’ve included both Christmas tutorials and also the tutorials that just make great gifts anytime! There’s something for everyone! I hope that between here and the 12 DIYs of Christmas Series, you will…

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It’s Not a Cheat, It’s a Strategy (Quick and Easy Lettering Tips)

If you’ve ever taken an online course with me, you know that one of my FAVORITE sayings is, “It’s not a cheat, it’s a strategy!” Those are the little things that you can do to make your final piece look perfect, even if it didn’t start out that way. Over time, I’ve collected a lot…

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2 Easy Steps to Properly Scale Your Lettering

If you’ve experimented with enough brush pens, you have likely quickly realized that you have to scale your lettering size based on the size of your pen. With every pen, you run into the Goldilocks situation – your letters can’t be too big, they can’t be too small, they have to be just right! But,…

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How To Get a Perfect, Consistent Downstroke for Your Lettering

Having a nice, consistent downstroke is the backbone of all your hand lettering projects. The contrast between the thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes is absolute key! Without this, it’s just handwriting. Which is not what we want! When it comes to downstrokes, the questions that always come up are, “How big/wide/thick should my downstrokes be?”…

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Top 5 Easy Ways You Can Fix Your Lettering Now!

Looking for some brush lettering fixes? You’re in the right place! Bad habits – we all have them! I will be the first to put up my hand and admit that I played a bit too much Animal Crossing over the period of lockdown. The other day, my husband ran inside to wake me up…

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Free Karin Brushmarker PRO Tutorial Series

If you’ve been keeping up with the “What’s That Pen” pen review series, you will know that one of my absolute favorite pen sets right now is the Karin Brushmarker PRO. The potential of these pens and how you can take advantage of its watercolor ink (delivered in a super convenient, portable “pen vehicle”, as…

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Sentimental Valentine’s Day Flip Book of Love Notes

My husband is an obsessive purger. You know how there are hoarders? Well, he is the exact opposite. But I am not. I have toys from my childhood, like a game of Memory, that I remember spending hours playing as a kid. Now that I have passed it on to my kids, I love seeing them…

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Easy Classroom Valentine’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printable

It’s that time of year again! Just when you think you’re done having to think of unique gift ideas after the Christmas holiday season, Valentine’s Day sneaks up on you, cupid shoots you with an arrow right on your bum (who gave that baby a weapon?) and it’s time to think of another creative (hopefully…

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DIY Easy Holiday Shadowbox Tutorial

Recently, I asked you on my IG post if you wanted to see a shadowbox tutorial for this piece: The answer was a resounding yes – so here it is for you! You’re clearly as much of a fan of inexpensive, easy DIY holiday gifts that look like a million bucks as I am! If…

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Free Thanksgiving Fill-in Printables in 5 Sizes

This time of year is a great excuse to let the people in our lives know that we’re thankful for them and why we appreciate them so much. Sometimes it’s the small acts of kindness or parts of a loved one’s personality that may play a huge part in why you are thankful for them…

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DIY Personalized Advent Calendar

At the end of this year, my amazingly hardworking mom is retiring after close to 50 years of being in the workforce (with that being said, she would probably like me to note here that she started working as a fetus 😉). With this being the season of everything advent calendars, my sister and I…

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What’s That Pen? Honest Pen Review Series

Everyone has that one, (technically) non-essential spending habit that they cringe at the thought of having to add up how much that habit has cost them over time. For you, it might be your daily cup of coffee at your local coffee spot, a monthly subscription service, or indulging in those shiny, tempting knick knacks…

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Top 5 Tips for Getting Started with Bible Lettering

Hands down more people have told me about how much they love Bible Lettering than any other type of lettering. But, if you’re at all like me, unless you know how to start, you won’t. So I wanted to make sure that you can start Bible Lettering without fear! It’s time for my Top 5…

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Tutorial: Creating a Black Invitation

*This post was sponsored by Stabilo and pens supplied by them. That being said, I would have bought these pens even if they hadn’t sent them to me!! Once upon a time, a boy met a girl, they fell in love and decided to get married. She was a practical girl and wanted to DIY…

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Incy Alphabet: Lettering Tutorial Series

I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately because I’ve been wondering if you’re in the same wobbly boat that I’m in. Here’s what my boat looks like: it begins as a beautiful day without a care in the world on the Creative Ocean (that magical place where you can just sit all day long and create…

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Learn how to create and bejewel your own, personalized, hand lettered Christmas ornaments with this free video tutorial and fully linked supply list from Amanda Arneill of amandaarneill.com

Bejeweled Hand Lettered Christmas Ornaments

When I was preparing for last week’s hand lettered Christmas ornament tutorial, among my art supplies I stumbled across several packages of flat-back crystals that I had purchased awhile back because they were shiny and on sale (my two weaknesses). I’ve found the odd use for these jewels here and there – making hair bows…

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Find all of the tips, tricks and best pens to use to create your own, personalized, hand lettered Christmas ornaments with this free video tutorial and fully linked supply list from Amanda Arneill of amandaarneill.com

Personalized Hand Lettered Christmas Ornaments

For my girls’ annual holiday card and treat exchange last year, I wanted to go a bit outside the box. The teachers and the other students’ parents consistently come to the table with amazing and creative ideas for all the yearly holiday exchanges, so the competitive fire within me was ignited for this one. Then…

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Learn everything you need to know about foiling using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in this 4 part video tutorial series from Amanda Arneill, hand lettering artist and teacher.

Gettin’ Fancy with Foil – Part 4: Double Foiled Holiday Cards

I’m going to be honest, this last hand lettered foil project in our “Gettin’ Fancy with Foil” series was a very happy accident. I was planning on having the last part of this series be a holiday card, but my initial intention was to do a technique similar to last week’s “Thank You” card –…

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Learn everything you need to know about foiling using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in this 4 part video tutorial series from Amanda Arneill, hand lettering artist and teacher.

Gettin’ Fancy with Foil – Part 3: Greeting Cards with Foil Lettering

So far in our “Gettin’ Fancy with Foil” series we’ve tackled the basics and personalized foil bookmarks. Now that we’re running headfirst into greeting card season, I figured it was about time we tackled those! So, our next hand lettered foil project in this series are greeting cards that juxtapose a non-foiled, black design against…

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