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20 Lettering Artists Who Use Odd Materials

Laura Busche March 31, 2021 · 3 min read
Lettering has come a long way from an exclusively hand-drawn and static form of art to incorporate all kinds of digital tools and animation techniques. The Procreate app has enabled letterers all around the world to perfect their art with precise styluses created by companies like Apple, Adobe, Adonit, and Wacom. A wide array of pre-designed brushes have also made digital lettering more accessible and realistic. However, there are creative forms of lettering that fall outside of the hand drawn or digital domains: words that are crafted with incredibly odd physical materials. Throughout this article, I’ll share 20 examples of lettering artists that are pushing the boundaries of the craft and thinking entirely out of the box.

Cake Lettering by Susan Houseman

Cookie Lettering by Belén La Rivera

Rock Lettering by Merilee

Flower Lettering by Becca Clason

Confetti Lettering by Becca Clason

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Clay Lettering by Paula Nelson

Seashell and Sand Lettering by Paige Firnberg

Embroidered Lettering by Cathy Heck Studio

Balloon Lettering by Flores Ser

Papercut Lettering by Cyla Costa

Cheese Lettering by Enon Avital

Lettered Denim Jackets by The Lovely Exchange Co

Nut Lettering by Yvette Nakamoto

Ketchup Lettering by Yvette Nakamoto

Collage Lettering by InkAboutIt

Lettered Tattoo Designs by Caitlin Courtney Designs

Leather Lettering by Coffee Calligraphy

Wood Burned Lettering by Graceful Deliverance

Pretzel Lettering via Hand Lettered and Loved

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Laura Busche

Brand strategist. Creating design tools to empower creative entrepreneurs. Author of the Lean Branding book. MA in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

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