What would you rather be doing?
Right before you read this fun post? I wanted to say right now but that’s not a good system to keep you guys here, reading my posts! All jokes aside. Sometimes (or quite often if I am to be honest) I do things, like clean my house, fold laundry, shout at the kids or go to work when I have this little voice telling me, “but Sas really… you know you’d rather work on your blog, practice your hand lettering or be at home creating stuff!” Do you also have such a voice in the back of your head or are you so lucky you can actually work with what you love to do?
Hand lettering a bag in a heatwave
This past week we are struggling with a heatwave here in the Netherlands. It’s not very nice and my poor Scottish DNA can’t really deal with it very well. It’s humid like crazy and I feel bloated, sweaty and yucky. It feels like my body is taking a break. My brain feels groggy and it’s even hard writing this post. But still I wanted to make a tutorial of another bag design that I made. Hopefully the weather is way better where you live!
As I told you in a previous post, I bought a few blank canvas bags with the purpose to spruce them up a bit with a few fun designs or quotes or both! I decided using the Edding 4500 and 4600 again because I really liked how thick the color got when I used them to make the Summer Vibes bag.
I’d rather be hand lettering
I don’t know about you, my creative friend, but 90% of the time, my brain and my hand itch to get something down on paper. Maybe a phrase or a quote that just popped into my head during work or when waiting to pick up my lovely little daughter from school. When standing in that never ending line in front of the check out at the grocery store or while taking a walk to clear (ahum) my mind. Seeing a real awesome font on a building or in store window display. Having a notebook and something to write with is always a great idea! That’s why my tip to you is never to leave home without the two.
To turn my thoughts into words, I decided to put them on one of the shopping bags. In a way as a silent reminder to myself for when I get back home and am able to draw again, to enjoy the process even more.
Before actually putting anything on the bag, we need a design. To be honest, I have been working for two days on the sketch before being satisfied enough to put it on the bag. Most of you probably think “why the hustle? Why not just print it out and use a transfer paper to put it on a bag?” Well, I will tell you why. I love a challenge and that it is my design. It makes me proud when I use it because it is something I drew on the bag myself!
So starting with the sketch. After been trying out a few fonts that I love to use, I decided they were not right for this project. I went to my favorite unending well of inspiration, By Dawn Nicole Designs and saw that she had a FREE Flourishing practice book! After printing it out I went ahead and practiced her ABC’s and realized that this was the font I needed for my bag!
This sketch was way too small and would totally disappear in the colors of the bag! I needed to make it way bigger and went ahead to make a second sketch. I totally exaggerated the size of it just playing around with the design but in the end of it all, it actually fitted the bag like a glove.
I do not own a lightbox yet (waiting for my birthday to come) so sometimes I need to be creative in other ways! I realized by putting my sketch in the bag and position it where I wanted the text to come, I could see sufficient enough to trace the sketch onto my bag. To do this, I used the thinner Edding textile marker, the Edding 4600 (which by the way comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors!).
When I had traced the outlines of my design, I used the thicker Edding 4500 marker to fill in the thicker lines. I even messed up my B by smudging some ink which I had gotten on my hand! To cover it up, I made the lower part of the B a little bit thicker. Can you see it? Whoopsie!
After putting some final touches to the bag, it is finished! I am definitely going to use this one when I go out shopping!
Xx – Sas
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