The art of brush lettering with The Simple Palette


Priscilla Putman, Artist & Owner of The Simple Palette, and Art Teacher, is here to teach us the art of brush lettering.

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The Simple Palette is a hand lettered paper goods + gifts company owned and operated by yours truly, right here in Champaign, IL!

As an artist and art teacher I have always loved calligraphy and hand lettering, but it was about 3 years ago that I created my first line of watercolor and hand-lettered greeting cards for an art show – and was immediately hooked! I opened an Etsy shop online with only a few cards and slowly began to add new designs over the last three years.

In this fast paced and digitally driven world, I found I was really drawn to the act of slowing down to practice lettering a quote by hand. Once I learned the basics, I found the art of brush lettering to have a such a calming, mindful effect – similar to the way so many people have found the art of coloring to be relaxing and meditative!

I often get asked about hand lettering or brush lettering from friends and customers, because it really has become a lost art the more we move towards digital communication for everything. I think people are recognizing the importance of the hand written note, and learning a skill with their hands!

Aside from being an artist, I am also an Art Teacher at Stratton Academy of the Arts in Champaign! I love creating with my students and seeing them light up as they learn something new and take pride in something they’ve created with their own hands. So it felt like a natural extension for me to add a teaching component to The Simple Palette! Last summer, I designed a brush lettering workshop and taught my very first class of adults (definitely a fun challenge and change from working with 5-10 year-olds)! So far I’ve held the workshops at Paint Like Me Party in Mahomet, and at Hopscotch Bakery in Champaign! I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with other local, small businesses in this way and getting to meet so many locals who attend my classes!

Our “Brush Lettering for Beginners” workshop is for students who have the interest in lettering but aren’t quite sure where to start or what supplies they would need. We start the class learning lettering with brush pen markers and then end the class by using a specialty watercolor brush and learning how to mix up watercolors in our palettes to approach lettering in a more painterly way.

I created a brush lettering practice book especially for our workshops – filled with tips and tricks for using both brush pens and watercolors to letter. I also hand selected lettering tools and materials for the class that I use almost every time I letter. Each attendee with get a copy of my book to keep, as well as a kit that has everything you need to start your own journey with brush lettering!

The Simple Palette helps others to connect through the art of the written note, a unique and meaningful card, or gift to share with loved ones.

I am a gift giver at heart – in fact, many of my designs are inspired by someone special in my life – so it always brings me joy when I can help someone find a meaningful gift for their own loved one!

After creating my original designs by hand, I work with local printers to produce my stationery, art prints and tea towel designs in small batches – then package everything with love in my home studio!

We have a couple brush lettering workshops coming up, and possibly more this Spring & Summer! We have one on the 22nd which is already sold out, and a second one on Saturday, March 30th at 5:30 PM at Hopscotch Bakery in Champaign!
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, and guests should arrive early so they can enjoy a treat from the bakery beforehand. 🙂

You can find ticket links to current and future events on The Simple Palette’s Facebook page!

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