9 FREE BOHO CHIC FONTS

This pretty little collection was inspired by a gift my mum gave me a while back. It was a beautiful hand towel by Natural Life. I loved it so much, I decided to use it to decorate my watercolour & calligraphy box (yes, I have a wooden box filled with watercolour & calligraphy tools – everybody should have one, yes!)

9 Free Boho Chic Fonts

As the year moves towards its more gentle seasons, my nomadic soul gets itchy for road trips, wind in my hair, and new sandy and/or green places to discover. It's a part of an annual cycle and it marks the beginning of the summer for me.

I don't know about you, but my summer style is all about colourful dresses, lots of seashell jewellery and braided hair, or in other words – gypset or boho chic. It was a personal challenge to find fonts that match this happy, relaxed and crafty style.

 

9 FREE BOHO CHIC FONTS

9 FREE BOHO CHIC FONTS ♥ Mindful Pixels

 

AdefebiaINSPIRA | Good Dog

Eryx Rennie Macintoshchocoletamodesty

PaintedVanessa | Beacon

 

 

Which font is your favourite?

I have to say, I really love them all, but my personal favourite is Inspira. Calligraphy and hand lettered fonts are everywhere at the moment, but I somehow needed to see something different and fresh. This geometric, clean font is very intricate and very simple at the same time.

Do you feel drawn to one of the nine fonts?

 

Stay happy & free!

♥ Lin

Learn Calligraphy One Stroke at a Time

Have you ever drooled over beautiful calligraphy invitations or binge watched brush lettering videos?

I'm as guilty as it gets, and Pinterest is my witness, I've spent hours looking at those gentle little pieces of paper with adorable calligraphy on them (you know the dreamy ones, with all the ribbons and leaves around them).

This year I decided it's time to take action – it's time to learn calligraphy one stroke at a time!

Let's see what happened.. 

Learn calligraphy one stroke at a time!

It was Christmas 2015 and I was looking for a gift for myself.

Yes, I know this sounds very selfish (or does it?) but I like to treat myself to things I consider "too good to be true" every now and then.

This is what Quill London is - too good to be true.

Oh, but it is! And it is one of the most magical little shops I've ever set foot in. So my Christmas gift for myself was a Calligraphy Workshop with Imogen Owen at Quill London.

 

Quill London 

Neatly situated at a pretty crafty street near the Angel tube station, Quill London is a tiny, white space filled with positive energy, smiling people, inks and all things paper. 

I arrived early, took a long stroll around the neighbourhood and made a friend in a little park.

Magic was about to happen.

I've tried calligraphy before, but learning the ABC was very helpful – it gave me a stepping stone and I knew where to go from there. The learning materials were beautifully arranged and practicing was super fun.

After the workshop, I felt I was ready to start my own calligraphy practice.

Why learn calligraphy? 

Interesting question.

Why would you ever need a reason to start doing something that nourishes your soul?

If you really want to dabble into calligraphy, you don't need a reason or a permission - go do it!

But in case you insist – here are three reasons why you should practice calligraphy:

 

For Relaxation

If you love to work with your hands as much as I do, you'll find the practice very therapeutic. Focusing on repetitive, very detailed actions is one of the best forms of meditations for me.

 

it's relatively Easy to learn

If you need an artistic expression or some sort of creative output, calligraphy is a great choice. Unlike painting or music, handwriting is something you have in your muscle memory already. This means you can start learning and mastering the instrument right away and skip the total beginner basics.

 

IT'S USEFUL

Well, it's not a survival skill, but it's something you can use to make your everyday life more beautiful. From making your own jam jar labels to designing your own party invitations – the sky's your limit.

 

Learning calligraphy one stroke at a time

So, let's see how you can learn calligraphy.

First thing first – check locally.

Perhaps there is a course going on near you. Or maybe a calligraphy club? Ask around to see what's out there.

You prefer to learn at home?

No problem – there are plenty of great courses and books out there. These are just some of them.

 

Online Courses

This is how I started my calligraphy journey a couple of years ago. My personal favourite are The Postman's Knock manuals - they are detailed and very easy to follow, but if you prefer video lessons, there are some of those here, too.

 

Books

There are many books you can choose from, but these are the two I've got right after my Quill London Calligraphy Workshop. It so happens that a week later I got a mail from Quill London and they were recommending those two very same books! So I guess, they really cover most of the learning journey.

 

practice practice practice

OK, you've picked your courses and books and you are ready to start.

Make a habit tracker and practice every day.

It's better to do it every day for 15 min than once a week for 2 hours. You get tired, your focus and your muscles need a routine, not a marathon one week after starting your practice.

Make sure you have a goal.

Do you want your monthly planner to have a new look? Or do you want to incorporate calligraphy in your next design project? Have a project in mind – when learning to knit, you want to make a scarf in the end, not just knit aimlessly.

Set milestones. 

Write quotes and share them with the world. Work on the same quote for a week and see how your style change. Don't throw away your practice sheets right away – date them and use them to track your progress.

 

HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED OF LEARNING CALLIGRAPHY?

That was it! I will be sharing my progress on Instagram, so follow my calligraphy journey there. 

Do you have a favourite book or a course? Do you have your own calligraphy practice?

Please share your story in the comments below!

 

Thank you for reading and spreading the love, dearest!

 

Stay curious!

♥ Lin

How to Choose the Right Blogging Platform

'How to choose the right blogging platform?' was not a question I asked myself when I started mindfulpixels.com four years ago. For me there was no choice at all – I got on the Wordpress.org wagon without even looking for an alternative. After all, I knew how to tweak code since I was 15 years old (that's in the nineties! oh my!) and everybody I followed back then, was rocking Wordpress. I was happy to join the party.

Well, not anymore. Let's see what changed.

Choose the right platform for your blog

Why I moved from Wordpress to Squarespace

It was an easy decision. One Friday my Contact Form 7 Wordpress plugin stopped working. Just like that, for no apparent reason whatsoever. I read a lot of forum articles, tried to find support on the plugin site and I spent a whole weekend trying things out. On Sunday, I finally gave up. I don't like giving up, but I also prefer to choose my battles.

The next day, I deleted the troublesome plugin, put my email on the contact form and started looking for alternative.

One reason I stayed on Wordpress was because of its many pretty themes. I love Wordpress themes! There are soooo many of them, all looking beautiful and full of possibilities, but what I realised during that broken-plugin-infested weekend was:

 

  • I could only use one theme for my blog, not all of them – diversity was of no use to me. 
  • The themes I liked the most had a drag & drop feature and looked a lot like Squarespace themes.
  • I spent much more time sifting through code, than creating content.
  • If I had a problem, I was on my own – Wordpress has no support to speak of, or at least I couldn't find any.

 

Enough said. Moving to Squarespace was almost intuitive decision for me and here is why:

 

all themes look very clean & pretty

When you browse through all the examples you see how one theme can be used in many different ways. This means I can have the diversity, I am looking for, within a single theme!

 

It's RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up

I had my fair share of difficulties moving domains around, but setting up the actual Mindful Pixels blog was a breeze. I created a trial account in the morning. In the evening I had the design ready. The next day I transferred the blog posts and that was it!

Two days! I think I did a joyful little diddy dance, when I realised how easy my life's going to be from now on. After years of spending countless frustrating hours styling blog posts in Wordpress I was finally free to focus on writing, designing and connecting. 

 

Everything is intuitive

You can always find answers on the Squarespace answer or support pages, but in most cases the platform is too intuitive to even give you a reason to look for help. And when something goes wrong and you cannot find an answer that works for you, the email support staff proved to be very friendly and efficient. 

 

How to choose a platform for your blog

Pick your battles. In the end is all about priorities. This is my personal experience with two very good platforms. There will be issues and frustrations no matter which one you choose, but in the end of the day you need to know where your strengths lie and what you want to achieve with your blog.

I created a little graphic to help you choose a platform, but if the answer doesn't feel right for you –

Choose the right platform for your blog

 

Which platform is your favoUrite and why?

This has been my blogging platform adventure so far. Things change. New platforms are created, old ones – updated. Do you have a similar story? Or maybe you moved from Squarespace to Wordpress? Do share in the comments below, dearest, I'd love to hear your story!

Thank you for reading!

 

Stay creative!

♥ Lin

How to Choose Your Colour Palette - Part 2: Pick Your Colours

Choosing the colours is one of the most important parts of the branding process. This step is also one of my favourite – it's the moment when you breathe life to the the brand or project you are working on, and when everything comes together in a magical way.

How to choose your colour palette - Part 2: Pick your colours

 

WHERE TO START

In her book How to Style Your Brand Fiona Humberstone introduces the seasons as a guideline for colour selection. I love the concept and I think, it is a very good way to pick the right colours for your brand. Today I would like to introduce you to my two very handy methods to pick colours – I call them The Wardrobe Method and The Dream House Method.  

But first you need to take the time and think about the mood you want your project to communicate to its perfect audience. If you need help figuring out the details, download the Brand Discovery Workbook – the questions in it will help you focus.

How to choose your colour palette - Part 2: Pick your colours

Brand Discovery Workbook

Do a little soul searching before starting your brand design.

Create your brand blueprint.

 

MAKE A MOOD BOARD

This is the best reason to browse Pinterest for hours, I've found so far! Mood boards are super fun and easy to make. You can create one directly in Pinterest by pinning images and colours you find suitable for your project.

Another way to make a mood board is to use Photoshop or Illustrator (this is the method I use) – there is a free Photoshop mood board template for that in the Free Resources.

Another great option for creating a mood board is to use Canva or Google Slides (I might create tutorials for both platforms, so stay tuned!)

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR PALETTE

So, you've focused the message of your project, you've got to know the colours and their meaning more intimately, and you know who you are talking to + you've made your dreamy mood board – it's time to pick your colours!

I usually use one of the two methods – The Wardrobe Method or The Dream House Method.  You can develope your own, as long as you consider the relationship between these three essential components:

  1. Your audience
  2. The mood and message you want to convey
  3. Colour psychology

 

THE WARDROBE METHOD

This approach is perfect for smaller projects or products – it's simple and easy.

If you are working on your own branding, think of the clothes you are likely to wear. For example, I looooove patterns, but I rarely wear them. Same with stripes. I looove pastels, but I prefer to wear bold bright colours. Also, I have tons of black clothes for the colder seasons, but my favourite piece of clothing is an open back summer top. It's white with yellow and blue details and pink rim. Think about the style, the colours and the details of your project and connect those with your main audience.

If you are working on a project and need to spice things up a bit with just the right colours, then think about your perfect customer, and not only what you'd like best. Jump over to Pinterest or Instagram and see what garments the gals you are talking to are posting, liking and wearing, and go from there.

 

THE DREAMY HOME METHOD

This is the advanced version of The Wardrobe Method. I use this one for branding and for larger projects. Basically it's the same drill as before – think of the visual world of your client. What is the style of her home? Is it modern, rustic, DIY, sporty, a mix of many styles? Which colours dominate her home and life?

Then think of the people your client wants to attract to her business. What does their home look like? Combine both visions and take a look at the colour theory again. If something is out of place, adjust until it feels right.

TIP: The best way to imagine a visual world is to create a mood board.

 

HOW MANY COLOURS?

There is no right answer, really. If you can make five or more colours work for you, then go for it! Personally, I prefer a complementary palette for the main colours, but I almost always have additional dark and light colour palettes, as well as neutral one. No matter how many colours you pick for your blog or project, you'll need to stick to them. So, create at least two palettes - one with your main signature colours and another with neutral colours for backgrounds and side bars. 

 

 

COMMIT TO YOUR COLOUR PALETTE

When you are ready with your colour palette you will need to apply it everywhere. But first, you need to test it and make adjustments, if necessary. Sometimes when you start applying the chosen colours, you see that some of them do not work as well as you've hoped - a background might look too dark, or a headline too subdued. Just go back to the palette and adjust the shades slightly, so your colours can work their magic for you.

When you've tested the colours, go on and change your blog templates, social media profiles, and stationery.

Then – tell the world all about it! I love reading about the process behind a colour choice, so go ahead and share your story, if you please!

 

 

Need a little bit of inspiration?

How to choose your colour palette - Part 2: Pick your colours

6 GIRLY+DREAMY COLOUR PALETTE

Play with my six super cute colour palettes!

 

 

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT COLOURS?

Now, I'd love to hear from you - how did YOU choose the colours for your blog? Do you have a method of your own? Are you happy with your current colours? Why?

 

Stay shiny!

♥ Lin


How to Choose Your Colour Palette - part 1: the theory

There is a lot written about colour theory, colour psycology, and even colour combining, but how do you really pick your colours? How do you choose YOUR colour palette? How do you know if it's right for your brand and that it will touch the souls of people, you are talking to? Today I'd like to give you an easy practical approach, peppered with basic colour theory. Let's go!

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Choosing the perfect colours for your business, blog or project is one of the most important part of the branding process. The colour is what creates the mood and pulls all brand elements together. Come on, I'll help you pick your perfect match!

 

THE MEANING OF COLOURS

It is impossible to encompass the meaning of ALL colours under the sun, but there are a couple of more commonly used, I'd like to talk about. Blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, black, gold, and silver - these are the colours I work with most often. Here we go:

 

COLOUR PALETTES

 

MONOCHROMATIC

This is the simplest colour palette of all. Pick one colour and select several shades of it. That's it!

 

ANALOGOUS

This palette is created by picking any three colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. It almost looks like the monochromatic palette, but has more depth and you can easily create a specific (warm, cool, earthy, etc.) mood with it.

 

COMPLEMENTARY

To create a complementary palette, pick two colours directly across each other on the colour wheel. You can add more pairs of colours, but unless you need your colour palette super colourful, it's best to just pick shades of the two colours you already have.

 

SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY

This palette is similar to the complementary, but you'll be picking three colours instead of two. Select one colour and look for the second and the third on either side of the hue directly across of the first colour on the colour wheel.

 

TRIADIC

Pick three colours equally spaced from each other on the colour wheel and you'll have the most colourful of all colour schemes! Add shades and you're ready go go!

 

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR COLOUR INSPIRATION?

My favourite places are Pinterest (of course!), Adobe Color CC and Color Collective.

 

Stay creative!

♥ Lin


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