I’m not gonna lie. I absolutely love doing collaborations, especially with other creatives in Seattle. As a small business owner, I often feel alone, but opportunities like these remind me of the great community that is just a comment, Tweet, or Snap away.
This past Saturday, my BFF, N, and I headed over to Style Lab Seattle at a bright and cheery 7AM. She worked away at her laptop on personal stuff, while I got started on adding my hand lettering to the stunning, straight-outta-Pinterest space.
My mediums were whiteboard walls and printer paper. I’ve worked a TON with printer paper in the past, and know about its porous nature, so that wasn’t an issue. But as for the whiteboard, I quickly learned that it was a tricky thing.
Whiteboard marker likes to compete with itself. If you try to overlap with it, it’ll likely erase. This is a problem when it comes to doing faux calligraphy, because in order to get those thick downstrokes, you have to do just that– overlap your lines. After a few tries, I learned some tricks that I’ll definitely be taking with me for my next whiteboard project:
- It’s important to have a steady hand and for you to be at the right height. Reaching up way high tends to make some people’s arms shaky, and shakiness can lead to more overlapping, which can lead to erasing. So, grab a stool if you need to!
- If you absolutely have to overlap– go for it. Your pen might get covered in dry-erase sludge and give out, but scribble with it on a clean area of your whiteboard, and it’ll be as good as new.
- Your best chance to avoid any erasing is to do it while the ink is still wet, so act fast!
- For larger scale text, I highly recommend the thick, chisel-tip markers. They’ll save you a ton of time by allowing you to do both thick and thin lines. I used these.
- And last but not least, don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m a major perfectionist, and sitting here, looking at these pictures of my work, I found 10+ things I could have done differently. But art is not about being perfect, and sometimes, like with the whiteboard markers, there’s an extent to which you can control your medium. So, have fun with it!
After setting up, I decided to stay for the workshop, because even though I’m not a fashion blogger, I figured there could be something for me to learn, and I was right! I went home with a ton of new knowledge about blogging, branding, and social media. I also made a few new friendships and connections that could possibly lead to future collaborations. If you ever get the opportunity to attend this workshop, don’t miss out on it!