I am currently doing a Skillshare course called The Art of Typography which I am enjoying very much. I never really appreciated how much there is to learn about type and how difficult it is to do. I am working on a saying that is part of the big saying I have printed on tea towels and cushions. I started with sketching, moved onto illustrator then tried mixed media!
I started off with some simple sketches to get an idea of layout and word importance etc. I realised at this point that my sketching needs a lot of work but it is nice to get away from the computer.
Just trying out a few different typefaces.
At this point I was feeling a bit frustrated with my sketching, I just can’t seem to write straight and couldn’t get the balance right so I thought time to have a play on Illustrator.
I like the balance of this design and the incorporation of the newsprint but I am still not sure about the font used and feel it needs a bit more work in that area. I decided to move away from the computer and make a mixed media styled canvas with this quote on, below is the step by step process I went through. I was inspired by this tutorial by a Beautiful Mess.
Cut smalls squares of newspaper and stick on the canvas using modpodge, making sure it is all well glued.
I used special A4 sticker paper which I printed the words directly onto and then cut each letter out by hand. An easier way would be to buy the sticker letters but as I didn’t have any to hand, I just used what I had.
I then stuck the letters on to the canvas, making sure that the newspaper was completely dry. I then spray painted the canvas white and waited for it to dry.
Once the canvas was dry, I carefully peeled the letters off. This was the tricky bit as some paint had got underneath a little bit so it didn’t come out as neat as I would have liked and I think the smaller letters weren’t as effective.
I am pleased with my first effort, I can see how I can improve it and look forward to doing more in the future.
I am still not sure of the fonts used so this may still be very much a work in progress.