Christmas is for kids. Winter is for kids. Basically, for those of us that have kids, our whole life seems to revolve around them!

20 kids

  • Writing tool: a scruffy old hard-bristle paintbrush (1 cm)
  • Letter style: free-style

To write the word kids, I mixed up a little green watercolour paint and wrote the word on a plain piece of white printer paper. When the paint was dry, I took at 0.3 mm black marker and roughly drew around the exterior of the letters. It’s easy and fun to do — and you’ll never get the same results twice!

This type of lettering can be great on posters or invitations to a child’s birthday party. Vary the size of your brush, the colour of your paint, the style of your writing to get tons of different results.

Should we call this calligraphy? The debate is open. If we consider that CALLIGRAPHY is the art of letterforms, then I suppose we can categorise this as calligraphy. As I say to the school-children in the classes that I do workshops in, we could even consider graffiti on old, abandoned factory walls as calligraphy. If you look at it closely, some of it is really well done, too!

I tell them that calligraphy can be modern or old-fashioned, legible or not (think about Japanese, Chinese, Arab or Hebrew calligraphy — it’s not legible to most of us). It can be written on all sorts of supports, too: paper, of course, but also fabric, parchment, walls and doors, signs …

You will find all sorts of similar examples and techniques in Joanne Sharpe’s book called The art of whimsical lettering It is on the Boutique page of this site. If you click on the Amazon link, it will take you to the description and buy page on their site.