Happy and creative 2019!

I am amazed that a year has passed and a new one has begun. And it feels good! 2018 was a good year with exciting projects, collaborations, workshops, new contacts and a proper summer vacation, the first one in many years!

I am not gonna give you a summary of my 2018, I have not done one yet, but I wanted to share two good things that happened in December. I really LOVE sharing the joy and craft of lettering and I got to publish and release inspiration in two different mediums at the end of 2018:

First off:
Lettering Workbook No 1

I have been dreaming of making a workbook and share a great product to use when practicing lettering. ANd I am very proud to present my very first workbook:

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Toghether with Lillebil Hansson of Care of Lillebil we put together a workbook to inspire you to pick up a pencil and draw. The workbook contains 10 lettering style alphabets and lined, dotted and blank paper to help you to trace or create your own letterforms! I am grateful to the team at Pen Store for asking me to make a workbook, giving med a kick to make my dream a reality. And a big thank you to Arctic Paper for great collaboration and for quality paper!

You can buy the book at:
Pen Store (Sweden)
Pen Store (Denmark)
Pen Store (International)

We are looking for retailers in Finland as well, but first we need to print a second edition since the first one sold out! Lucky problem! :) I still have some workbooks saved for coming Lettering Workshops this spring!



The second thing I want to share is a compilation of my #24daysoflettering videos I posten in my Instagram feed all December, one video per letter, which adds up to 29 videos since I am Swedish and we have 29 letters in our alphabet.

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Put on your favorite music, sit down comfortably and keep a pencil and paper close by, you might get inspired to draw a letterform or two. My hope is to share inspiration and tips on how to draw different lettering styles. I'd love to know what your favourite letterform is, so do send me a comment if you want to! And if you post letterings that you created inspired by these videos I'd love to find you so be sure to tag @fialottajansson and #24daysoflettering in your post!

I wish you a good, peaceful, meaningful and creative year 2019.
And many happy lettering moments!

Love, Sofie

Children's Lettering Workshop with Moomin Characters and Förlaget

I really love childre’s creativity! This summer I got to host a workshop together with Moomin Characters and Förlaget at the Children’s Banquet at Stundars in Solf, Finland. Thanks to Posca Pens the kids could add vibrant colors their creations, and what creative letterings they made! Just have a look at these pictures:

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I made this template alphabet before the workshop but it was not needed, the children came up with such amazing letterforms themselves!

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Photo by Johanna Stenback, www.moomin.com

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Thank you so much to the team at Moomin Characters and Förlaget for a great event, to Stundars for such an inspiring and peaceful work space, and to Posca for great quality acrylic markers that brightens up any lettering!

If you want to get a hold of Posca pens you can find them at:
Materialbutiken (Folkungagatan 60, Stockholm) or Adlibris if you live in Finland.

Förlaget is a Swedish speaking publishing company in Finland and they work globally. They publish books from acclaimed authors and toghether with Moomin Characters they publish all Moomin litterature. Maybe you will find your new favourite author and book at Förlaget, have a look at their books!

Below you can see some of the lettering art work I have created with Posca pens (here you can see the letters more close up). I have hosted a couple of workshop to share inspiration to create these kinds of letterforms and I love it! There are som many wonderful possibilities to create with these pens and I recommend you try them out!

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These letterforms are painted on cut plywood. I love working with Posca and plywood!

Lettering Workshop in pictures

I have had the privilage to have two talented photographers on my workshops this past month and I want to share the pictures they've snapped inbetween drawing letters.

In February Lydia Winters took my workshop in English. She is a great person and a very talented photographer. She has a project called Enjoy the Wander where she takes photos of her days with a Hasselblad501c, an analog classic camera. The pictures have wonderful colours and feel and the execution is really great! Check it out!

Photo by Lydia Winters

Photo by Lydia Winters

Photo by Lydia Winters

Photo by Lydia Winters

Photo by Lydia Winters

Photo by Lydia Winters

Photo and lettering by Lydia Winters

Photo and lettering by Lydia Winters

 

The past weekend, a Sunday in March, I did an Intermediate course in Vaasa, Finland and got to meet Malin Åbrandt. She is a freelance photographer and great one! Her speciality is portraits and pictures of chldren and families, but she's shoot great concert photos and documented events. Malin and I wet to school together in our teens. Feels lika a long time ago, but it is always fun meeting her and sharing stories from our lives.

 

Photo by Malin Åbrandt. Location: Strandaton 3.

Photo by Malin Åbrandt. Location: Strandaton 3.

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt. Lettering by Anna-Stina Lassus (www.ansteindesign.com).

Photo by Malin Åbrandt. Lettering by Anna-Stina Lassus (www.ansteindesign.com).

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

Photo by Malin Åbrandt

 

Thank you, talented women, for these great pictures and memories!

Sofie