1920’s Inspired Motivational Free Print + Coloring Page. This hand-drawn typographic print is offered in three design options!
1920’s Inspired Motivational Free Print + Coloring Page
I’ve been super into studying custom lettering and typography by period lately. For this piece, I focused on lettering and type of the 1920s. (See some of my favorite books for inspiration here.) I thought it would create a fun juxtaposition to take a modern phrase and letter it in a vintage-style.
The sketching and composition phases of creating a hand lettered piece are so much fun. It’s like a lettering puzzle! All of the lettering styles in this piece, the colors, the shadows and the background, were inspired by the design work I studied from the 1920s.
Digitizing with the Pen Tool
I have to tell you; I’m extra proud of this piece because it is the very first time I’ve ever opted not to use the auto trace function of Adobe Illustrator. I used the pen tool to plot points and create paths.
This means I took the long way. And the way most of the great lettering pros typically digitize their work. It’s intimidating, which is why I’ve avoided it for so many years. But now that I’ve done it, it’s one of those things you realize isn’t as hard, scary, or time consuming as you feared!
If you use AI and want to get better with the Pen Tool, I highly recommend this Illustrator Basics: The Pen & Pencil Tools Class. I’ve watched many videos on using the pen tool and even learned it in design school (and then never really touched it again, ha). This is the class that made using it efficiently click for me.
Print + Coloring Page Downloads
Silhouette Cut File + SVG Version
Get the Silhouette cut file and/or SVG version of this design in HERE.
A lot of people ask about my favorite coloring supplies so here’s what I usually use:
- Colored Pencils: Tombow Recycled Colored Pencils and the Tombow Irojiten Pencils
- Waterbased Markers: Tombow Dual Tips are the Bomb for both coloring and lettering.
- Alcohol Based Markers: Copic Sketch Markers layer and blend dreamily.
- Gel Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll Pens are a staple for adding details over marker or colored pencils!
- Paper Trimmer: I design all coloring pages to be 8×10 so you can easily trim and frame your artwork! A paper trimmer gives you nice straight lines if, like me, you have the straight line cutting skills of a 5-year-old.
What Paper Should I Use?
Papers matters! Especially if you’re using brush markers like Tombow or Copic for coloring. Using the proper paper keeps your brush tips in great condition so look for ultra smooth paper designed for use with brush pens and markers. My favorites for coloring pages are:
Paint it with Watercolors!
Tip: Print on Watercolor Paper and paint this instead of coloring it. Here are some of my favorite watercolor supplies for coloring pages.
- Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor 8×10 Cardstock or Strathmore 8×10 Watercolor Paper
- Prima Marketing Watercolors (Pastels and Tropicals are my favorites!)
- Silver Black Velvet Watercolor Brush Trio