How to Flourish Upper Case Letters

 

Are you confused about flourishing letters?

Or maybe you do you the same ones over and over and you’re looking for a fresh approach?  Look no further!

In my newest Skillshare class, I share my 15 point process for flourishing that will help you create unique beautifully flourished letters.

This is the process I developed over the past 8 years as a font designer to create my best selling fonts like Cantoni and Belluccia.

This is an intermediate level class for those who have some lettering experience.

But beginners can learn a lot from it too!

Check out more in the 2 minute video below.

Just sign up for a membership, take all the classes you want for 2 months then cancel before the 2 months is up and you pay nothing!
I ‘d love to help you on your lettering journey!

New Easy Lettering Tutorials with a Pencil!

Want to learn lettering but feel intimidated? Not sure which brush pens and paper to get?

I’m taking fear out of the equation by showing you how to start lettering with just a pencil and paper.

I’ll even send you the lettering exemplars I use in my beginner classes so you can follow along with me or practice on your own.

Or you can just use lined notebook paper to start.

Below is a tutorial showing you how to draw the letter “b”. I show you how to create it in many different ways.

Then I demonstrate step by step how to flourish the word bubble with lots of “b’s”.

If you try it and find yourself liking it, pick up some tracing paper at any craft store and email me to request the lettering exemplars.

My favorite pencils are Dixon Ticonderoga because they have the best eraser. And I’m not afraid to use it:)

You can find them at most stores where pencils are sold. I get them by the pack at Target.

Then keep that pencil sharpened as I take you through the alphabet letter be letter!

I hope you’ll join me!

You can find more of my tutorials on my YouTube Channel.

Want to take my Brush Lettering Classes on Skillshare for FREE? Get 2 months free here.

Set up an account. Take as many classes as you like. Cancel before the 2 months is up and you pay nothing!

Ceci New York Magazine Cover

Today I wanted to share with you the making of a magazine cover

in collaboration with the talented Ceci Johnson of Ceci NewYork.

This is one of two finished pieces I created

for the cover of Cecil New York Style Magazine.

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Thisbe Grace Photography along with a list of spring phrases to choose from.

The phrases were listed in order of appeal to the issue’s message, theme and inspiration.

Some of the phrases included the following:  Beauty in bloom,

The best time for new beginnings is now, Live life in bloom.

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and used tracing paper and pen and ink, gouache paint and

brush markers to try out some possible layouts and lettering styles.  

 

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to send to the client.  At this point, no color choices had been made yet for the lettering.

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and asked for a few edits.

In this case the edits involved adding more flourishes to come off the letters and intersect with her head.

She deferred to me for the color choice.

I chose a cross between the flower stem and her eye for the lettering color.

“Hello Sunshine” was made to match the green stem to allow it to stand out more.

The vertical portrait lettering  (in the pic at the top) was done in all white to better work with the background.

It also allows the “Ceci Style” logo (in green to match the leaves) to stand out.

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It was such a pleasure to work with Ceci and her team on this fun collaboration!

And I appreciate their continued support and use of my fonts in their extraordinary work.

Delight in your day!

Debi

And as always I invite you to check out my hand lettered fonts below!

Check out my newest shop at www.debisementelli.com.

Or click on the graphics below to go directly to that font.

Cantoni was selected as one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts of 2013!

 Thanks to all of you, she’s still on the Best Seller’s list as well!

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia was one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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And the new Belluccia Bold released in January 2014 was a Hot New Fonts lister!

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Gourmet Invitations with Dom Loves Mary

  What a great invitation for a seaside wedding!

These lovelies were created by the fabulous Gourmet Invitations.

The couple’s names are done in a raised gold ink in my Dom Loves Mary Calligraphy Font.

And she used one of my special creations for the word “to” from my Dom Loves Mary Add On Words font.

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 The lace wrap on the invitation adds a sweet touch

to the gold and cream card stock of the invitation.

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 The invitation envelopes are done in a butterscotch gold

with a gorgeous printed pattern and die cut detail on the flap.

The address in my Dom Loves Mary Font and RSVP date are included on the flap.

   The white ink really pops on the gold.

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Menu, Program, Place cards and as seen in the pic above, Napkins.

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Here is another beauty from Gourmet Invitations.

 The quatrefoil clover monogram logo was inspired from the logo of the castle,

Castello di Rosciano in Perugia, Italy.

This Italian wedding invitation makes a real statement with the colors (slate gray and baby blue)

and the unique gate fold presentation.

My Dom Loves Mary Calligraphy Font is featured beautifully on each piece of the suite.

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 I love the look of the belly band in blue and white holding the inserts together.

It adds a subtle pizazz to the formal looking invitation.

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 The envelopes were beautifully addressed with gray on blue again using my Dom Loves Mary Font.

gourmet-invitations-italy-wedding-invitations_0000-21-650x462The logo and font were also used to create the table markers (named after regions in Italy)

place cards, thank you cards and wedding weekend itinerary, schedule of events and things to see in the area.

This Italian girl was so happy to see her font used on this gorgeous invitation that will take place in the country of her ancestors!

A big THANK YOU to Gourmet Invitations for

continuing to use my fonts and creating such gorgeous work.

Photo Credit for Seaside Wedding Invitation: Lauren Kinsey
As seen on: Style Me Pretty

Debi

Check out my newest shop at www.debisementelli.com.

Or click on the graphics below to go directly to that font.

Cantoni was selected as one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts of 2013!

 Thanks to all of you, she’s still on the Best Seller’s list as well!

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia was one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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And the new Belluccia Bold released in January 2014 was a Hot New Fonts lister!

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Vee Creative Baby Shower Invitation with Cantoni Font

If you’re looking for a unique baby shower invitation, look no more!

 The very talented Victoria York of Vee Creative designed this pretty,

bird themed invitation suite.

My Cantoni Calligraphy Font looks so cute in bright pink surrounded by beautiful colored flowers.

And I just love the delicate line art of the bird cage.

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A coordinating turquoise and white stripe borders the

invitation which has a double backing of sparkly gold and pink card stock!

The sparkle really adds just the right amount of zest.

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Victoria just loves a decorated envelope. ( I do too!)

  These were sure to put a smile on each guests face.

My hand lettered font in pink adds a personalized look to the envelope

lined with a beautiful matching floral print.

The small bird cage favor with

personalized die cut bird is adorable!

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Included in this invitation suite were personalized place cards with a soft

pink pattern in the background and personalized thank you notes with the mom-to-be’s name.

Coordinating pink envelopes were used with the thank you cards.

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A big thank you to Victoria York for using my Cantoni Font in

her beautiful invitation pieces!

Her designs are always creative and unique.

To learn more about Victoria and see additional pictures of her work,

please visit her website or Facebook page at Vee Creative.

Delight in your day!

Debi

Check out my newest shop at www.debisementelli.com.

Or click on the graphics below to go directly to that font.

Cantoni was selected as one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts of 2013!

 Thanks to all of you, she’s still on the Best Seller’s list as well!

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia was one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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And the new Belluccia Bold released in January 2014 was a Hot New Fonts lister!

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Golden Bridal Shower with Belluccia Font on Wedding Chicks Blog

I found this simple, lovely bridal shower brunch invitation featured on Wedding Chicks.

  The invitation features my Belluccia Calligraphy Font in gold.

Love how it says “is getting married” in the end flourish  of the “r”.

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There is a small card on top of the invitation that lists where the bride is registered.

It’s attached to the invitation with a simple gold string.

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For favors the guests received shortbread hearts in these cute white

gift bags.  The bride and groom’s names are printed in gold with

their theme “so getting married” underneath.

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Here their theme continues on these adorable drink stir sticks for the champagne cocktails.

The gold glitter on the glass container adds a little sparkle!

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These personalized jam jars are precious.

Each guest’s name was written with gold pen on a pink heart

and attached to the jar with pink and white bakers twine.

What a cute way to serve the champagne punch!

I’ll be having a Wistful Wednesday:(

In memory of Robin Williams

Debi

Remember you can still get  Montague Script Bold by Stephen Rapp

for 50% off for a limited time!

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 As always you can check out any of my fonts by clicking on the graphics below.

Cantoni was selected as one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts of 2013!

Thanks to all of you, she’s still on the Best Seller’s list as well!

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia was one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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And the new Belluccia Bold released in January 2014 was a Hot New Fonts lister!

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Will you be my bridesmaid, groomsman?

I am always honored when a client asks me to help design something I think is really cool.

 Jill Effrussy of, Stamped Paper Company, and her fab fiance Chad, were looking for a clever way

to ask their wedding party to be in their wedding.

For the guys, they were inspired by a chocolate bowtie

along with the idea to create a graphic with “how to tie a bowtie” instructions.

You love it already, right?

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So I immediately thought of hand lettering the invitation in gold on black card stock

in the shape of a bow tie.  Each gentleman’s name is centered on the bow tie’s knot.

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Included in each invitation box were the hand lettered invite, Jill’s great graphic

and a delectable chocolate bow tie in a cellophane wrapper with a white bow.

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Jill created these modern shipping labels in black and white for the address labels.

Love the black and white stripes coming over the box’s edge to seal it.

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For the bridesmaids, we created these adorable invitations with a glam squad

theme.  The cards, purchased at Paper Source, already had the golf foil dots in the corners.

I  hand lettered the invitation in metallic gold.

A splash of red was added in the shape of lips with the each girl’s name in the middle.

It was sealed with a red “XOXO” next to Jill’s name.

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Included in the ladies boxes were a black make-up bag with gold dots,

a set of black and gold make-up brushes, a black compact mirror with gold dots and

a couple of cute hair bands in coordinating colors.

All of the items are sitting on top of white and gold crinkled paper.

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These darling packages were mailed in white kraft boxes with a black and

white label featuring my Cantoni Calligraphy Font.  Also, on the label in red is

“Please deliver to” which is part of my Cantoni Wedding Words package.

I love the finishing touch of the butterfly stamps scattered on top!

Thanks Jill & Chad. It’s always a pleasure to work with such a creative couple.

Have a This-is-the-thing- Thursday!

Debi

 As always you can check out any of my fonts by clicking on the graphics below.

Cantoni was selected as one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts of 2013!

Thanks to all of you, she’s still on the Best Seller’s list as well!

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia was one of MyFonts Most Popular Fonts for 2011.

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And the new Belluccia Bold released in January 2014 was a Hot New Fonts lister!

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Custom Hand-lettering For Venice-styled Wedding Shoot

 Invitation designer Susan Asbill asked me to custom letter the envelopes

for a Venice photo shoot that was featured in the

2013 Spring/Summer online issue of Smitten Magazine.

If you haven’t heard of Smitten, you much check it out.

It’s a GORGEOUS  seasonal wedding magazine for only 1.99 per issue!

Worth the price for all the great ideas alone.

I’m a little late in blogging about it.

But with my recent return from Italy in October, the timing couldn’t be better.

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I was inspired by the lovely scroll work on the invitation suite that Susan designed.

 I used a brush and gouache paint  creating several color combinations of envelopes

and paint colors for her to choose from.

These made the final cut.

What a  gorgeous collection !

I love the addition of the cool stamps.

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Here’s some pics from the magazine spread.

My trip included stops in Rome, Florence and Venice.

So seeing these pictures  makes me anxious to return!

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Ahhh, Home sweet Italy indeed.

Have a Floating Friday:)

( I was inspired by the water:)

Debi

Check out any of my three “Italian” hand lettered fonts by clicking on their graphics below.

Cantoni made it to #1 on Hot New Fonts, was a Rising Stars list winner for September 2013 and is #9 on the Best Sellers list.

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Belluccia made it to#1on Hot New Fonts, was on the Hot New fonts list, spent 26 months on the Best Sellers list and was a Rising Stars winner in July 2011.

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Baby announcement with Cantoni Font

I was thrilled when my client Allison asked me to use my hand lettering

in the baby announcement for her beautiful baby boy Teagen Daniel.

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

I immediately contracted the services of  the talented Beverly Verbeke to create the design

while I focused on the hand lettering.

The navy ( darker in the pics than in real life 🙁 ) and orange colors were a fun combination to work with.

The beautiful photographs  of baby Teagen were by Christy Persichini.

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I loved hand lettering the saying she picked from Winne the Pooh.  So sweet! And so true:)

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And used my Cantoni font lettering style for his name and the word “love”.

Bev did her magic with the layout and in choosing the perfect complimentary text font.

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A simple heart adds a sweet touch to the back of the announcement.

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Thanks to Allison and Eric for including me in this wonderful moment in time.

It goes by fast… So enjoy your beautiful bouncing boy!

Have a Love me Tender Tuesday 🙂  Debi

I seem to be in an Elvis mood:)

 

Check out any of my three hand lettered fonts by clicking on their graphics below.

Cantoni made it to #1 on Hot New Fonts, was a Rising Stars list winner for September 2013 and is #9 on the Best Sellers list.

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia made it to#1on Hot New Fonts, was on the Hot New fonts list, spent 26 months on the Best Sellers list and was a Rising Stars winner in July 2011.

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Personalized Ornaments by Lettering Art Studio

The holidays will soon be upon us!

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Here’s a great gift giving idea that you can make yourself!

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This Saturday, November 9, I’ll be giving a presentation

at the local Dallas Calligraphy Guild ( Kaligrafos) meeting.

The topic is “Lettering on Ornaments”.

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 I’ll be demonstrating the how to’s of making a completely personalized decorated ornament.

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From lettering on a rounded surface to adding ribbons, trims, fancy hooks, laminated photos

and other decorations to enhance the look.

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Personalized ornaments make a great gift and can be made to commemorate any occasion:

Holiday, New Baby, New Home,Wedding, Engagement, Graduation, Birthday,

Retirement, Sports Team Win, Teacher Gift, Anniversary, the list goes on!

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Who would you create one for?

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The meeting starts at 9:30 am  at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas – 503 North Central Expressway, Room 217 A.

Park on the north side of the building towards the west.

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The presentation will begin after the business meeting.

There will be 24 “supply packets” available for $5.00.

Those will go fast.  So best to bring your own white ornaments.

You’ll also need a brush.
I suggest an inexpensive type that works well such as Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort  liner, size 10/0.
Or Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort in Round, size 0.
You can find them at Joann Fabrics for around $3.00.

Red and Green paint will be provided.

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Afterwards, there will be a holiday bazaar with hand made items for sale made by Kaligrafos members.

I’ll have some holiday ornaments available for purchase.

I am no longer taking custom orders for this Christmas.

So if you’d like one and don’t want to make it yourself, you can purchase one of these.

I hope you can join me!

Have a Whipper Snapper Wednesday:)

Debi

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Remember you can still get 40% off Stephen Rapp’s new script font Baghadeer which is now on the Hot New Fonts list.

( That’s an additional 10% off for my readers.)

Check out any of my three hand lettered fonts by clicking on their graphics below.

Cantoni made it to #1 on Hot New Fonts, was a Rising Stars list winner for September 2013 and is #12 on the Best Sellers list.

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Dom Loves Mary made it to #4 on Hot New Fonts, was on the Best Sellers list and a Rising Stars winner  in November 2012

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Belluccia made it to#1on Hot New Fonts, was on the Hot New fonts list, spent 26 months on the Best Sellers list and was a Rising Stars winner in July 2011.

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