Tigerprint Say It With Words...competition

It was only last week I saw the details of this months competition - a different way of putting forward a sentimental phrase in a typographic setting. Oh gosh I'm such a sucker of hand lettering I couldn't resist.

First of all was finding a phrase...how does one say 'Happy Birthday' differently? Or any of the other dozen key greetings that come up time and time again. I settled on '365 days Older and Wiser' which is quite polite and not at all offensive as one tots up the years ( and grey hairs) Again I went down the vintage inspired route with a male recipient in mind. 

At the weekend I came up with something quite daft - still thinking along the lines of a sentiment with a twist. I felt the slang 'totes adorbs' could be used on a New Baby card. Keeping it simple and more modern in approach. I had fun with this one too.

Hallmark 5 word phrase competition

For a bit of a challenge I penciled in the Hallmark 5 words phrase competition for early August. I did totally forget it would clash with GTS. However it turned out of be a bit of light relief as I was able to tune out when overthinking terrariums. I used some of the pen and ink sketches from Nautical/ ships in bottles themed art from Bootcamp.

Since I have been hand lettering doodles this month I was able to put something together fairly quickly. If time had allowed I would have taken it into PS for extra texture but alas not this time. Even so I was pleased with what I achieved composition wise when faced with a tight deadline ( for me that is) 

Tigerprint Competition

I decide that in 2014 I would start putting myself 'out there' entering a few competitions. I felt it would give me an opportunity to respond to a brief my way & add to my portfolio.The first was Tigerprint's monthly competition called 'The Colour of Love' in collaboration with the Society of Dyers & Colourists. They wanted a exciting colour palette that '....captured the feeling of love whilst pushing the boundaries to create a new and different look...' Below is my entry. I wanted to explore hand linework with different textures, and I surprised myself with what I produced YEY.


Well it turned out that myself and another MATS mate had reached the top 60! We were so pleased.