Watercolour flowers (and the art of brush lettering)

This year I promised myself that I was going to learn how to write properly. I don’t mean stringing works and sentences together either — I do that regularly on my blog, in typed form —  but more the ‘art’ of handwriting. Brush lettering in particular.

You’d think that this is a skill that I’d have perfected by now —  (given the fact that I’m not a child anymore) but I’m such a lazy writer; often scribbling words in such a rush that I don’t even understand what they say myself.

And recently, with the trend for the lovely brush lettering fonts, that I’m often using in my designs and prints, I have wished (on more than one occasion) that I could write as beautifully with my own hand as I can with my computer.

So this week has seen me revisit my childhood and get practicing.

After stacking up on supplies from The Works — who have got a fab selection of art materials — I got cracking with the watercolour paints.

brush lettering with watercolour paint

brush lettering with watercolour paint

brush lettering with watercolour paint

Practicing the art of brush lettering with watercolour paint

brush lettering with watercolour paint

SO much fun.

And made me really appreciate the lost art of handwriting too.

It was lovely to really take my time and look at each letter individually, rather than hurriedly trying to get the words down on the paper as quickly as I could.

There’s something very therapeutic about painting in this way — a little like the adult colouring books that I spoke about last year. Concentrating on something creative is akin to meditation — very relaxing and great for clearing the mind.

Although, as ever, after a little time spent doing one thing on repeat, I got a little bit sidetracked and ended up painting some watercolour flowers too.

brush lettering with watercolour paint

brush lettering with watercolour paint

brush lettering with watercolour paint

Who says that paints should be just for the kids eh?

From here-on-in, when the boys are getting their craft on and doing a spot of painting, I’m going to be practicing my brush lettering :)

And flowers :)

This post was written in collaboration with The Works — if you fancy getting your craft on they’ve got an amazing selection of materials to help you on your way. All thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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24 Comments

  1. 29th Jan 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Ooh! I’ve been loving working on my own lettering using brush pens. It’s quite therapeutic! I’ve wanted to get better at it before indulging in some watercolours. Lovely post, Caro xxx

    • 29th Jan 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Aah thanks so much lovely!! It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for absolutely ages. I use similar fonts all the time in my work and thought how nice it would be to create my own letters. Plus you get SUCH nice effects with the watercolour paints. The Works have got some fab — really cheap — sets!! Treat yourself!! :) x

  2. 29th Jan 2016 / 4:15 pm

    This is lovely, Caro! Watercolour is lovely to paint with, although I haven’t used it since my GCSE Art exam a million years ago! xxx

    • 29th Jan 2016 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks so much Cat :) It’s something that I’ve never really got to grips with — I used to use gouache at uni — I’ve promised myself I’m going to practice though!! :)

  3. 30th Jan 2016 / 4:15 am

    Water colours are so beautiful as are your practice lettering! I am completely envious of your talent. I’ll just live vicariously through you :D

    • 30th Jan 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Aah that’s so lovely of you Heather — thanks ever so much!! xx

  4. 30th Jan 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Ooh lovely Caro. Your lettering is great.
    Funny enough I had my paints out this afternoon when I had a full 90 minutes to myself. I was doing a clearout and tidy up of my craft room and found my watercolours pushed well in at the back of the desk drawer. So theraputic having a doodle with lovely colours, isn’t it?

    • 1st Feb 2016 / 1:12 pm

      Aah it’s SUCH a nice thing to do!! I had a really lovely afternoon!! I think it may become a regular thing!! ;)

  5. 30th Jan 2016 / 11:04 pm

    So beautiful! I would love to give something like this a go, both the watercolours and the hand-lettering, but I wouldn’t really know where to begin and feel fairly certain I’d be disappointed with the results – I’m not very good at being a ‘beginner’ and tend to get frustrated quite quickly! Your pictures are just gorgeous, a real pleasure to look at.

    • 1st Feb 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks so much Robyn!! Give it a go! I’d never done it before and really enjoyed it — it was frustrating initially but the more I practiced, the more like ‘proper’ calligraphy it became! I think I need a bit more practice though ;)

  6. 31st Jan 2016 / 7:42 am

    This is just beautiful, and actually I really love the flowers so it’s good that you got sidetracked! I remember reading a good post on The Lovely Drawer about brush lettering, I will try to find the link for you! Lovely xx

    • 1st Feb 2016 / 1:05 pm

      Aah thanks lovely — it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for AGES!! I think I need to practice an awful lot before I get as good as Terri (Lovely Drawer) she’s an absolute master at it.

  7. 1st Feb 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I love these, my MOm was my handwriting teacher at school and I still write dreadfully, I think as adults we should all learn new skills, why should it stop when we hit 18 xx

    • 2nd Feb 2016 / 10:01 am

      It’s so true — I’m all for carrying on learning as you get older. It keeps the brain sharp too — as well as being a lovely creative outlet. I just need to practice more — it didn’t come naturally, that’s for sure!! ;)

  8. 4th Feb 2016 / 6:11 pm

    You are SO clever. My other half is hugely into art and watercolours too, but I am utterly rubbish. The handwriting is beautiful and I had no idea you could pick such things up at the works?! Brilliant xXx

    • 9th Feb 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Thanks chickie — not clever — just born lucky I guess!! ;) The Works have some fab craft and painting supplies — cheap too!!

  9. 6th Feb 2016 / 9:25 am

    Oh Caro, you are so hugely talented. This is gorgeous. And I love those flowers. They are beautiful. I wish I had your talent. I think it must be so lovely to create such pretty things. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • 9th Feb 2016 / 11:42 am

      Aah thanks pet!! And hey! You never know… you may have a hidden talent! Get the paints out and have a go yourself!! ;)

  10. 7th Feb 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Oh wow, I am seriously impressed with this lady! I must admit whenever I have a play about with the paints whilst the kids are painting, I find it really relaxing- maybe I should look into doing more come an evening! x

    • 9th Feb 2016 / 11:39 am

      Aah thanks lovely :) I’ve discovered a new love — have been practicing lots recently!!

  11. 14th Feb 2016 / 7:14 am

    You are so so clever. What about something with watercolours to represent that watersports for MW??

    • 16th Feb 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Aah thanks so much for all your advice — I really needed a sounding board on Saturday! Amazing how much better I felt after I’d mulled it all over with everyone! :)

  12. 17th Feb 2016 / 9:19 pm

    These are so beautiful, Caro. I’d love to try. It’s something which I’ve never done before. My handwriting is a mess. It’s long and loopy which looks really good until you can’t decipher a single word. If I have to write for anyone else, I print :)

    • 18th Feb 2016 / 10:29 am

      Yep — same. My handwriting is a mess too but then I’m lazy and write really quickly. It was SO nice to practice something slow and steady. Am definitely going to practice more!!

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