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Elyn Lettering

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Erin McCoy
Los Angeles, California
Student and Calligrapher

Have you always been creative and what’s the earliest work you can remember creating?

I've always wanted to be creative but could never truly express myself until I began teaching myself calligraphy and watercolor around two years ago. I was bored one summer and started seeing calligraphy on Pinterest, so I tried faux calligraphy and began working my way up! The first few faux calligraphy projects I did were pretty bad--they were just watercolor backgrounds with faux calligraphy quotes on them using have to start somewhere!

What's your studio like and how do you keep organised?

Because I'm a college student living in a small apartment and occasionally visiting home, I have a bit of a compact and traveling "studio." I think this is great because it also gives me the freedom to bring all my stuff with me if I feel like working at my desk, at the dining table, on the floor, or even outside or on vacation! It allows me to be a bit more spur of the moment. I'll email you photos for how I keep stuff organized, I mostly use cute little jars I find in thrift stores or at Home Goods! I also like to keep fresh flowers, especially peonies, around.

Where do you look for inspiration?

The obvious answer would be Pinterest! I also love just going to antique/thrift stores and places like Home Goods looking for odd things I can letter on (I do a blog piece every Wednesday called 'Unusual Wednesday).

Whats in your pencil case / camera bag?

Currently I have a notebook, a couple of pencils, some black india ink, some brushes, watercolors, white craft paint, and my pen holders and nibs!

Any tips for someone suffering from creative block?

I like to go outside to help myself think outside of the box! I also of course would suggest Pinterest, especially for good quotations and wording of certain things like invitations, etc.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I love to craft! I currently love painting things with chalkboard paint (it's so easy!) and I love creating these cool pixelized watercolor paintings that I've been planning on creating a tutorial for. I also love playing tennis and baking.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I'm so glad to have been asked to do this and I hope people will enjoy these tutorials! You can also follow me on Instagram @elynlettering for more videos and pictures of me creating calligraphy and lettering!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Ahh I hate this question...It would have to be between Van Morrison, Jeff Buckley, and Glen Hansard
San Francisco or Seattle, unfortunately I am in neither of those at the moment
Lord of the Rings trilogy or Howl's Moving Castle
Magazine / Book
Mosquitoes by Faulkner
Lindsey Bugbee, Macy McKenny, Molly Suber Thorpe
Tool or Product You Couldn't Live Without
My favorite nibs