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<ankeportraitneulanguageselector-deutschAnke, creativity addict and fontaholic with more ideas than time, can be incredibly silly, has a wide range of interests. Want to know more?  Click me 😀
Here you’ll find my fonts and all my creative outbursts, tutorials, crafts, art, a few freebies and a lot more.

Great to have you here!

Your Handwriting As A Font – Contest

Would you like to have your own handwriting as a font? For free? And earn a little money, too? Well, then my contest might be perfect for you.
On Instagram, you can add a pic of your handwriting (anything from written words to texts or just the alphabet) and add the hashtag #handfontcontest. Until the end of next week, I’ll choose five contributors whose handwritings I will turn into fonts. These will be offered as a bundle, and from each license à 10 USD, each contributor will get a share of 10%.
If that sounds interesting for you, don’t hesitate to grab a pen and paper 😀 – or just tag one of your journal/planner pages with #handfontcontest.

Tutorial: How to make that cool 5-nibbed pen

As I announced in my previous post, here’s the tutorial for my 5-nibbed pen which I used to create the drawing in my Instagram video.
At first, here it is as a – surprise! – Instagram video, below that you’ll find it as a picture-by-picture tutorial:

Tadaa – easy-peasy. It takes five minutes to create such a pen for writing music staffs, and you can embellish it completely individually. If you make one for yourself (or as a gift, as I often do for my recorder students), send me a pic or tag me on Instagram 😀 @ankeart

What got me 63k in one week 1

Last week I grabbed my 5-nibbed selfmade pen and drew an “a”, then filled it with the first few notes of the song “ABC” by The Jackson 5. As I had filmed that process, I uploaded it to Instagram and submitted it to the “Letter Archive” which collects hand-drawn letters.

Oh. My. GOSH!

That video got thousands of views within the first few hours! Usually I get ±60 views/likes for my Instagram photos, so I was completely baffled. Right now I have around 19k views on my personal account:

When the Letter Archive featured my video, it got an additional humongous amount of views (44k!!!) and dozens of comments (plus more than 100 new followers, yay!). One of the most asked questions was where I got that pen. Well, it is selfmade, and I’ll gladly share a tutorial with you. Just stay tuned until it’s finished (follow me on Instagram and/or sign up for my newsletter, then you’ll get notified about the tutorial).


One thing I totally messed up was the length of the video which slightly exceeded one minute. The last closeup of the finished letter was cut short, that’s why I’m posting the drawing here again for you to see in detail:


Yes, I know that there are some small mistakes in the music. That’s freedom of art, m’kay? 😉

Freebie Time! Confetti Alpha for Party Layouts

confettifreebie-fbToday I finally have a new scrapbooking freebie for you: PARTY! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY written with confetti – high resolution and commercial use friendly!

The files are zipped (8,4MB):


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Export Fonts directly in Illustrator? Heck, yeah! 1

Through Thick and Thin - Open Type FontI’ve been a fan of the “Mighty Deals” for a few years now, they often have gorgeous fonts and other helpful goodies at sensational discounts.

No, this blog post is not sponsored.

Now I caught a  mega deal which is highly innovative – and it actually works! It was a Kickstarter campaign which I totally missed. Anyway, I found this special deal in the newsletter yesterday, the Fontself Maker for 50% off (24$ instead of 49$). Resistance was futile, so a few minutes after I had purchased the plugin.

Here’s a little overview made by the Fontself team:

So what can I say? AWESOME!

You draw a shape/glyph in Adobe Illustrator, if necessary you group the paths, then you select the new glyphs and move them into the “Fontself Maker” window by drag & drop. When they are ordered from A to Z on a single line, the program assigns the correct characters automatically. Especially cool: create three guides and call them Ascender, Baseline and Descender, select and drag them together with the glyphs – voilà, perfect metrics. For my font, I used a decorative brush. Usually I’d have to turn the glyphs into outlines, but the Fontself Maker does this by itself as well.

What’s still missing is a kerning feature as well as the option to add alternate glyphs. But the Fontself guys are working on that.

I tweaked my font a little in Fontlab Studio and Glyphs Mini because I wanted to have some special characters and kerning. If you don’t care about that, the little tool itself will make you happy.

My little font looks quite cute, don’t you think? You can grab it here as a newsletter freebie:

Through Thick and Thin - Open Type Font

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