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Thursday, March 3

Thursday Tutorial: Titles

Artist's Block Conquered with Today's Trends in Titles & Word Art
by Julie Ann Shahin
originally printed in Flourish, newsletter for MyScrapbookArt.com

Computer eye strain, hundreds of photos, and eager family members, awaiting your next masterpiece, make up your current dilemma. You sit in front of your monitor, as the queen of digiland, staring down the blank page yet feeling mildly inspired.

Flipping through design books, wandering among street art, checking out the latest releases in the music store for album art, googling for the latest and greatest ideas is where you find yourself. You listen to Pandora.com hoping your favorite artist's tunes will stimulate your senses. You've found an excellent color scheme at Kuler.Adobe.com.  What you need is that perfect title and word art to deliver that "aha!" moment you've been seeking.

Think cursive hand-written titles mixed with arial fonts, quirky alphas made up from typography, and word art and frame clusters among vivid paint strokes. Take inspiration from recent graphic uploads at deviantart.com. Now you have your masterpiece. Now you are a trend-setter.

Trends In Word Art Today: Products

Inspiration #1) Rotate Text
Inspirational Typo Poster from Deviant Art http://palax.deviantart.com/art/061-121839414

and also inspirational playbill from Deviant Art http://camaeralucida.deviantart.com/art/MammaMia-121616219

From the two graphics above, I was inspired to make this layout to symbolize my husband's passion for music and my enjoyment of it.
Credits: Layout by Julie Ann Shahin
Background: retrogirl_by_lookbutdontouch at deviantart
Font: The King & Queen
Word Art: Magical Words Overlay 2 by Kitty Designs; TaylorMade Spotlight Bundle Kit by TaylorMade Designs
Other digital elements: Project 365 Word Snips by DeCrow Designs; Whimsical Woodland by Emily Merritt, Rachel Young and Jaime Young; Inked overlay by Janet Crowley

Inspiration #2) Handwritten draft-style font in different pt sizes

and the resulting layout

Credits: Layout by Julie Ann Shahin
A is For Amazement by Kathryn Wilson
Sea Creatures by Emily Merritt
Picnic in the Park Collab at wearestorytellers
Happy Together by Emily Merritt
Rough Draft Font
Background from deviant art:textures by youshinevh

Inspiration #3) Type created from typeDigital art http://honeysand.deviantart.com/art/Feeling-Good-122112730

and also view this inspiring page titled "type invert" which is viewable here .

My resulting layout will be a RAK for a friend. Each letter of "mother" is made up of tiny type, available as a brush and alpha.
Credits: Layout by Julie Ann Shahin
Brush N Stamp Alpha: Lettered by Leiko Beck Designs
Mother sign from deviant art: http://deviant-brazilian-fc.deviantart.com/art/Mother-sign-by-pryestrela-122101705
World of My Own by Emily Merritt
Funky Love Song by Emily Powers
TaylorMade Spotlight Bundle Kit by TaylorMade Designs

Inspiration #4) Chunky Hand-written Alpha, Cursive Handwriting Mixed with Arial Font

Credits: Layout by Julie Ann Shahin
TaylorMade Spotlight Bundle Kit by TaylorMade Designs
A is For Amazement by Kathryn Wilson
Intrinsic by Kathryn Wilson
Wishes and Wonder by Kathryn Wilson and Traci Reed
Embellishous by Kathryn Wilson
Background: retro textures by ~awesomestyle http://awesomestyle.deviantart.com/art/4-retro-textures-121317560

Inspiration #5) Word Art with Frame and Vivid Paint

Credits: Layout by Julie Ann Shahin
Express Yourself Quotes by beAUDacious Designs
It's A Date Word Art by beAudacious Designs
Life's A Circus Distressed Papers by Angela Woo
Vintage Embroidery Vol. 1 by Spotted Dog Designs
Picnic in the Park Collab by wearestorytellers
Forecast by Emily Merritt
Background: Large textures by ~Lookbutdontouch http://lookbutdontouch.deviantart.com/art/3-large-textures-121654414

Hope you enjoyed these inspirational title ideas!
Julie Ann Shahin

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1 comment:

curlyqmosaics said...

OMG Julie Ann! All these layouts are smokin' HOT! You have been super busy!!!!! These are sll so very inspiring and such masterpieces....the "mother" one you created for your friend is fantastic, she is going to absolutely adore this!!!! The music lover one you did about your husband....Wow! My husband is the same way with his music and all of his guitars, drums, etc...your imagery on that one astounds me! PREFECTION!