Hi, I’m Dawn Nicole!
I create custom, playful lettering and illustrations for clients and brands. I also make workbooks, Procreate Brushes, and online courses for busy creatives who want to learn hand-lettering and calligraphy.
Want to learn how to create colorful, dynamic lettering? I can help you master the art of playful lettering and brush calligraphy while sprinkling in a little creative fun and a lot of inspiration without the overwhelm of learning it alone.
Some of my recent projects include designing the book cover for “Be Kind to Yourself” by Megan Logan for Better Day Books and doing live calligraphy in-store for Kendra Scott in downtown Charleston, SC.
One of my most memorable projects was designing a coloring book-style Valentine’s Day doughnut box for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
In the late Summer of 2022, I signed the contract for one of my biggest lettering projects. The Art of Playful Lettering hits bookshelves on January 28, 2024.
Ten RANDOM Facts About Me
I’m friendly, so people are always surprised to find out I’m an extreme introvert and completely content to hang out by myself for days on end.
I’m bookish. I’ve read 113 books so far this year (2023). I love to alternate between rom-coms and psychological thrillers.
I love kindness, coffee, ampersands, reading, staying active (weights + Peloton), cooking, and Thai food.
My husband of 16 years is on active duty in the Air Force. Sometimes, he flies a C-17 cargo plane; other times, he “flies a desk.” We have three kiddos (ages 11, 13, and 15) and two dogs (a handsome but weird German Shepherd and a lovably needy Great Dane).
Places we’ve lived include Charleston AFB (South Carolina), Altus AFB (Oklahoma), Scott AFB (Illinois), Maxwell AFB (Alabama), Ramstein AB (Germany), and Charleston AFB (again). In 2022, we moved back to Scott AFB (near my hometown of St. Louis). We’re most likely moving again in the Summer of 2024 and anxiously awaiting news of what’s next for us.
A major perk of being stationed overseas was the traveling. While living in Germany, we visited Australia, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
I’m known for being easy to work with and always, always, always on time.
I’m fairly tall at 5’9″ (people are always surprised by this when they meet me in person).
My go-to outfit is ripped jeans, a black off-the-shoulder tee, and oversized hoop earrings.
My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 16:24.
Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
MISSION STATEMENT: Educate. Uplift. Inspire.
As a lettering artist, I aim to educate and inspire makers to get creative daily while embracing a spirit of community over competition.
I believe that growing your lettering skills is a life-long journey and that you only compete with yourself. We’re here to have fun!