20% Sale on Molu TypeShop

Morning all!! 

I hope you had a fantastic weekend and looking forward to the week ahead. 

Just a quick reminder that there’s a 20% discount over on my Etsy shop so if you’d like to advantage of this offer and treat yourself (or perhaps buy the perfect gift) to some typographic prints (both A4 & A3) it’s running for another two weeks!! These prints won’t be reproduced so grab yourself a bargain on these limited editions while they last! Just use the code THISLITTLEFOX20 at checkout! 

Do spread the word! Xx

May Day DIY | Hand-painted Alphabet plaques

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Happy bank holiday Monday to all my UK folks! I hope you’re having a great one whatever you have planned. I really wish 3-day weekends were standard as it never feels long enough to catch up on anything, be it chores or rest! Anyway, I’m savouring it all while it lasts. Isn’t it nuts that we’re in MAY already.?!?!

Anyhoo, after running my first typographic painting workshop a couple of weeks ago for the Fit Brides event, I thought it only seemed fair to share it on here as a DIY tutorial especially if you are big into typography and bold graphics but not quite sure where to start. So here’s how you can create your very own little alphabet plaques….if you fancy doing some art therapy today.MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_01

What you will need:

  1. acrylic paints (or oil if you’re good with it. Just avoid using any thinners or white spirit to avoid any bleeding)
  2. wood off-cuts, preferably MDF or Plywood which you can get from any DIY store
  3. sandpaper
  4. paintbrushes
  5. alphabet stencils (use these templates I’ve created here or go through your font library to see what you can use)
  6. pencils

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[STEP 01] First up, sand down the edges of your wooden off cuts. If you have cut down plywood as I have, then you’ll definitely need to sand down the splintered edges. Cover your work surface and even the floors before you do this to avoid dust getting everywhere. Clean up the dust before you move onto the next stage. When picking out your wooden off-cuts, go for MDF or plywood with smooth grains if possible as it will avoid any bleeding when painted on. If you end up getting pieces of wood with deep/raw grains, try to sand it down and then apply either a coat of wood varnish (or PVA glue!) to seal all the cracks.
MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_04bMbM_DIY ALPHABETS_06[STEP 02] Print or draw out the alphabet template of choice and use the old school ‘transfer’ technique by tracing over the reverse side of the paper with graphite pencil. Then place the correct side up, over the piece of wood and trace over the letter, press hard as you trace so that you’re making sure the graphite transfers onto the wood. If you remember, I’ve used this on earlier tutorials here and here. If you’re selecting your own typeface styles for your letters, try to find ones that are big and bold. You can then add the 45 degree drop shadows and inlines as you please. Most font libraries on your computers have a wide choice of styles…… alternatively, go old school and look for inspiration in magazines or just print stuff online that you can use that to trace around.  
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[STEP 03] Once your letters have been drawn out, pick your paints and carefully fill in all the areas of your letters. The trick is to keep the brush strokes to a minimal in order to give you that smooth, perfected look. I’m aware this may require some bit of patience and a steady hand but don’t get too frustrated if it doesn’t go all too perfectly – just enjoy the process of painting it all in. If you’re unsure what colours to pick for your letters especially if they involve drop shadows, outlines and inlines do a bit of research on Pinterest or Google images for some typographic inspiration. The idea of drop shadows are so that your letters pop and look more 3D so if you use a bright light colour for the main outline, go for something dark for the shadow. Or vice versa. Experiment and have fun!

MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_08MbM_DIY ALPHABETS_09So, there you have it folks! I do hope you enjoy this one – not only is it a fun bit of art therapy but it actually makes for excellent gifts and keepsakes! Let me know how you get on if you give it a go…..and if you decide to share it on any social media platform, please do include the hashtag #craftwithMolu so I can easily find them and have a good nosey at your fab creations! :)

Enjoy! xxMbM_DIY ALPHABETS_10

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**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :) 

**NOW OPEN** Molu TypeShop

MBM_SHOP LAUNCH_MAINSo it’s here…..the shop doors are finally open so do feel free to hop on over and have a browse through….and of course, share the love if you know anyone else you may think would love some typographic prints for their home, workplace or even as a gift. There’s only 10 prints currently available for each design as I trial things out. You can click here or on the ‘SHOP’ tab on the right-hand-side of the website which will lead you directly to my Etsy shop!

I really hope you guys like it! And of course, if there’s any questions at all or even feedback you may have for me that may be useful, please do let me know – I’m all ears!!

Have a wonderful Monday and happy browsing/shopping! ;) xxMBM_SHOP LAUNCH 01

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**COMING SOON** MOLU TYPE SHOP

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So, it’s finally happening. My obsession for typography continues with the upcoming launch of my Print Shop!  I’ve been busy getting all the designs and logistics finalised for the shop which will….*drumroll*….be launching NEXT WEEK on Monday the 1st of February!

The Molu Print Shop will be varied range of typographic prints in a mix of hand-lettered and digitally generated type locks…. styles that I believe will cater to most folk out there. They’re fun, inspirational, bold and fresh which I know will work perfectly in your homes and workplaces!

Anyway, I shall keep you guys posted in the build up to the launch so do keep your eyes peeled both here and on my social media platforms! There’s going to be a couple of giveaways too…!!

Have a fab Thursday!!! xx

New Year DIY | Typographic paintbrush holder hack

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Hello Hello!

How’s the last week of January going? I’ve been trying to get my tax returns all done and dusted amidst all the madness that’s work and life – which I had hoped to have done over the christmas holidays but alas, I wasn’t as organised as hoped. Nearly there though!

Anyway, I’ve been making some changes with the blog content just so I’m able to juggle that more efficiently around my current demanding and somewhat haphazard nature of my workload. I realised it got left on the back burner the latter half of last year so one of the big changes is setting realistic goals for scheduled posts like my DIYs. I’ve decided that I’d stick to monthly posts as opposed to the very optimistic weekly one that I thought was a great idea back in 2013! So on that note, here’s my first DIY for the new year! :)

Like the decorative plate DIY I did last year, this one combines my love for typography and homeware to customise a ceramic vase I picked up from a Tiger store. I’ve had the vase for quite sometime with the hope that I’d do something with it but never got round it until i realised I needed a replacement container for my brushes in the studio.
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What you’ll need:

  • Plain ceramic vase (mug or plate)
  • Sharpies or permanent markers
  • Printouts of your chosen text (or trace it out)
  • washi tape & pencil (not pictured above)

[STEP 01] Once you’ve set your text to the right size to fit the vase (mug or plate), print it out or trace over it onto either plain or tracing paper. Then, on the reverse side of the paper, trace over your text (again) with graphite pencil – you’ dont have to be too neat with this but as long as it covers the text. If you’re unable to see the text then, place the sheet on a light box or against a window.

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[STEP 02] Now give the surface of your vase a quick wipe and lay your text the right side up (i.e. the pencilled part face down) and position it so you have it centred. You can cut around the text to get rid of any excess paper if it helps you see the positioning of the text. Then tack the paper down using washi tape.

[STEP 03] Trace over the text again with the pencil but this time, what you’re doing is transferring the graphite from the reverse side directly onto the ceramic surface – an old school technique to place your guidelines for when you free-hand over it. If you make a mistake, you can always easily wipe it off and start again.

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[STEP 04] Now for the fun part….you will need a steady hand for this! If you’re not super confident with fine lines then opt for fonts that you can trace and fill in as a solid text. That way there’s less chances of mistakes. Take your permanent marker pens and over the graphite lines, et voila! I did mine in two colours just to give it a two-tonal effect.

[STEP 05] You don’t have to do this unless perhaps you’re decorating a mug or plate wish you’re likely to use a bit more after it’s decorated but to let the ink ‘set’ place the vase in a non-preheated over for 30 mins at 175 degrees (350 degrees in fahrenheit / gas mark 4)

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It’s as simple as that folks! Your very own customised brush/pencil/pen holder which can work both free-standing or mounted on the wall. You can obviously choose to place flowers in it and hang it up in the house, seeing as it was a vase in the first place! Whatever way you decided to decorate it, I hope you see how simple, easy and fun this DIY, and how quickly you can transform any homeware you have kicking about at home with a quick DIY hack. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all nor do you have to wait for all the right materials or tools! Just look around and see what you have.

Hope this get’s your creative juices going….and i’ll be back with next month’s DIY!

Enjoy xxx
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Lunchtime doodling 

MbM_lettering_feb1501(web)Nothing too fancy, but I’ve been trialling, testing and practicing some brush lettering and calligraphy in my spare time recently in the hope that I’m ready to launch my new Print Shop. It’s all in the works so it’s just a matter of getting it up and running this summer.

Lettering has suddenly become a massive trend right now and the virtual world is inundated with hand lettered prints which is great because there’s now a bigger demand for it but at the same time it means I do need to now focus on making mine different from the rest.

Is there anything you’d like to see more (or less) of. Or what kind typography based prints would you buy? Inspirational? Art? Abstract? Graphics? Your thoughts and feedback will be greatly appreciated! :) xx

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Happy Friday!

MbM_HAND-LETTERING_WK-1And so, we come to the end of another week. I hope it’s been great one for you although I know it’s been tricky trying to get back into work mode after the lovely 4-day Easter weekend! So I’ve eased myself with prettier stuff like bits and bobs for the blog, working on wedding invitation designs and looking up inspiration for a branding project.

I’ve also decided that one of the many things to do this year is hand-lettering and typography. It’s always been a great interest of mine (cursive handwriting was a big fascination since primary school!) but having never been taught it properly, I’ve set myself various tasks and challenges to learn and develop the skill further. Even signed up to an E-course (which I’ll tell you about later). You’ve probably seen some wedding stuff recently where I’ve dabbled in some lettering but in order to really improve and develop I’ve decided to do a piece each week focusing on an inspirational quote. So here’s the first of this hand-lettering series….it’s basically a pimped-up version of my handwriting – so nothing too fancy! But hey….I’ve got to start somewhere right? Slowly but surely, as they say! Anyway, have a wonderful weekend folks whatever your plans! x x x

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[D.I.Y. Gifts] Personalised / Made-to-order cushions for little’uns

I’ve been busy practicing my sewing skills during my spare time especially since the last little lavender cushion was received quite well. And despite my hesitance, I’ve been encouraged more and more to actually start selling them.  So before I do, I’ve been playing around with designs, styles, materials, sizes, etc to get a good feel for what i’d like to sell and in turn knowing what design templates to create in the spare time I have….not to mention sharpen up my sewing skills even further! So here are two that I made and there’s two more on the way!! Seeing as I LOVE typography and now sewing, I’ve been trying to collaborate the two into the designs – keeping them simple but bespoke. I designed the type using various design softwares and then use that as a template to cut out the appliqués which I then hand-sew onto the fabric panels that make the cushion. (FYI – all the fabric used here are premium 100% Cotton) When the panels are machine stitched together, they are stuffed with polyester filling  (I can add lavender if requested) and finally hand-sew them shut. So then – what do you think folks? Is it a “yae or nae”? Would you buy these for your little ones? :) Or they can be used for Baby Showers too? I’m pretty pleased with them but I would love to hear what you think of these too (I have a couple more to show by this weekend) and always welcome any tips if you have any! Thanks!! x  BLOG_STRIP CUSHIONS3 WEBBLOG_STRIP CUSHIONS WEB BLOG_STRIP CUSHIONS2 WEB