Monica Tries: Art – Floral Lettering

I’ve always loved art – I was never amazing enough to pursue it, but it’s something I always enjoyed doing every once in a while. I find drawing in particular so relaxing, and a great way to just relax and let go, whilst creating something beautiful.

In this new series I’m currently calling ‘Monica Tries’, I will be trying new things (this will hopefully be more exciting when we’re out of quarantine and I can go out and experience new things) and documenting my adventures in the process.

For now, I’ve decided to keep ‘Monica Tries’ as indoors and fun (at least for me) as possible, and try floral lettering today. Floral lettering is such a beautiful form of art which works great for title pages (or even just for fun).

I’ve seen many over the years, and wanted to try and recreate some when I had time (which we all do now). I recently celebrated my 20th birthday and wanted to stick the polaroids I took from the day into an empty scrapbook I had, so I decided to make a cover page for this.

I got most of inspiration from Shayda Campbell on Youtube, who does amazing floral doodles and recently done a video on floral lettering herself, which reminded me of how I wanted to try it myself.

How to:

If you’re going to try this, I would recommend using a thin-tipped pen/pencil to make the detail as clear as possible. I used a white pencil (for black paper) that wasn’t the best type of pencil, so next time, I’ll make sure to use a thinner tip – it’s so much easier this way too!

  • Start off by outlining the letters and/or numbers on your paper lightly with pencil
  • Draw little leaves and flowers inside and lining the letters. If you’ve picked up inspiration from anywhere or practiced any beforehand, this would be a great time to get it out and keep it beside you for reference. Keep them small and simple for added detail and clarity.
  • If you find you have a few spaces in between leaves, try drawing little berries (a tip I picked up from Shayda Campbell’s videos): they’re small and fill up the spaces nicely.
  • To help frame the letters, try using plants that would typically be quite wavy or bendy (like long, winding leaves for example).

I made a little timelapse of my attempt at it, with a little step-by-step into how I did it on my IGTV (@itsmonicaagiuliani). I hope you enjoy!

If you have any ideas as to what you want to see from the ‘Monica Tries’ series, drop me a comment or a dm on Instagram and I’ll give it a go! And if you like seeing content including videos, please let me know and I’ll continue doing some more. I’m playing around with different forms of media and different ideas at the moment, so you might see an exciting new concept very soon (maybe even next week, who knows!)

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