Recently I started a collaboration with Sabine from ZEN-ZI. ZEN-ZI is an Austrian home decor label selling products handmade from regional materials. I created some of the hand-lettered quote designs for her paper goods, such as postcards and posters.
Sabine then asked me if I’d be interested in hand lettering some of the quotes that she had chosen for her wooden card holders and poster frames.
I definitely wanted to be part of the new collection, because I’d been admiring Sabine’s work for a long time. Her designs are sleek and modern and make a beautiful addition to any home.
The products are available on ZEN-ZI’s online shop.
Drafting and Decision Making for the Quote Design
First, I did some very quick sketches of the quotes to get a better feeling of which style reflects ZEN-ZI’s design best.
Quite quickly, it was clear that I should write the artwork with my Pentel Fude Brush Pen. The brush is soft, easy to control, and the ink flows cleanly and crisply. It creates the neat effect I was looking for: simple but playful.
I bought this pen on Amazon: Pentel Fude Brush Pen, Extra Fine (XFL2F) (Image credit: product page on Amazon).
I’m very happy with the outcome of the collaboration with ZEN-ZI. The quotes get printed on high-quality, thick paper. In combination with oak, the display makes a warm and welcoming statement in any home.