November Desktop Wallpaper

It’s November! Time for stunning fall foliage, snuggly clothes and lots of comfort food! Here is a free desktop wallpaper design I made for you to remind you of all the blessings that fall brings!

1680 x 1050  / 1280 x 800  / ipad / iphone5 / iphone6


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Halloween Printable

tagsIt’s almost Halloween! I love Halloween and to get in the spirit I made you these printable tags!
1. Download HERE and print on card stock
2. Cut out
2. Punch hole at top
3. Tie them with ribbon to use as tags for your goodie bags OR print on sticker paper and use as labels!
4. WATCH the BEHIND the SCENES of the making of these on Periscope. Go here to watch the VIDEO!
Jgonzales_halloween_printable_tagsCheck out the the video to see more. See you on Periscope weekly! Hope you all have a Spooky-Good weekend! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

For personal use only. Do no resell.
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Brush lettering envelope addressing – demo on Periscope

envelopeaddressingI love to show you real life projects and my process! I recently had a customer purchase envelope addressing on my Etsy store and I saw this as a perfect opportunity to share my process and my perferred art supplies. It’s a fun project. They are having an event and asked me to address 100 envelopes in my funky handlettering style. WIN!

Yesterday I made a Periscope tutorial video on how to brush letter white ink when addressing envelopes. I love using Copic white opaque pigment. When watered down it has a beautiful, rich white color that writes smoothly. It can also be used in your mixed media work when you need to add white to your piece! I start by lightly writing pencil guidelines and eyeball where each line should start on the left side. Watch my periscope below and see how to ensure you get the lines straight and written in the proper length.

One note – sorry I was still figuring out how to get the camera properly placed and focused. I just figured out the focusing and now have a new mic – woohoo! For some reason my phone shows me a different view than is seen on Periscope. It looks straight up and online it looks sideways…it is so strange. I am going to get to the bottom of it! You can catch the replays on if you missed the live broadcasts! Come back next week and see me on Periscope to see what’s next! I pop in a couple times a week!

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Brush Pens for Lettering Part 2

brushpens_pt2In my Periscope Brush Pens for Lettering Part 1 video (see recap here) I showed you the first group of pens I like and why. This past Monday on Periscope I shared more pen recommendations, demoed them and also showed you how you can write using ink and a paint brush (one of my favorite ways to write). Here is a recap of the rest of the bunch, where to buy and the ink demo.

Using marker paper or tracing paper I demoed these 4 wonderful pens! (refer to Part 1 for explanation on papers).

brushpens_pt1_Pen_demo1. Tombow Dual Brush: A favorite of calligraphers. Writes smoothly, has a rich, dark color and the tip on the brush is medium-wide but pointy and allows for pressure sensitive thick and thin lines. The dual brush feature allows you to use the brush on one end and a small marker nib on the other for fine lines and touch ups. Comes in an array of colors and can be purchased on Amazon, Blick, and most art supply stores.

2. Kuretake “Fudegokochi” (or Fude) pen: This is a smaller tip brush pen. Glides well but writes best on coated paper like tracing papers. I like the finer point on the brush and it feels good in your hand with it’s smooth metal finish. Kuretake makes many brush pens but I prefer this one as well as “Zig” (in part 1) over the others I have tried.

3. Muji “Fude” Calligraphy Pen: Muji, a Japanese department store found around the globe has amazing stationery I love and I ran to my nearest store here in LA to get this pen when I heard about it. The brush is wide and very inky. It would work well for writing Asian writings and characters or anything you have a more ink wash look. It writes nicely on tracing paper and a little dry on marker paper. You have to write slow to control it but overall it is a good one if I want more of that “inky” look. Available on the Muji online store and in Muji stores.

4. Sakura Pigma Brush Pen: You can’t go wrong with Sakura pens and this is a great pen. Glides beautifully and has a fine tip that allows for small signatures and details. I really love how it moves on all papers. You can write fast and the pen doesn’t drag or look dry. It is a favorite of mine.

brushpens_recommendationsbrushpens_practiceAt the end of the tutorial I wrote everyone a phrase using a small paint brush and black calligraphy ink. This is a favorite technique of mine. Ink comes in so many colors and you can use it straight from the container. Ink is so rich in color and using a brush you can get a lot of different looks depending on how you apply the ink. ***Tip: when you scan in your lettering make sure the paper is dry. I messed many a scanner bed!

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Brush Pens for Lettering – Part 1


I recently have joined Periscope and am giving video tutorials, demos and talks on creative inspiration, art techniques and tips, art supply demos and more. This Friday I spoke about my favorite brush pens and markers for lettering. Here is a recap and sources to purchase these great products. On Monday at 4:30pm PST I will do Part 2 and demo more pens and tips. Catch me there LIVE. My handle is @nettdesigns.


In the video, I started with showing the viewers the paper I write on. I recommend tracing paper and marker paper. Tracing paper has a coating that allows the pens to glide better and allow the ink to sit on top of the paper rather than soaking in and looking more dry or rough when you write. Marker paper has also has a smooth coating that allows for more glide too. Each pen performs differently on different kinds of papers. Rag papers (less or no coating) will allow the ink to absorb more and use more of the ink up, especially if you have to retrace your strokes over and over to get better coverage. I recommend testing the pens on multiple papers to see how they perform best for your needs.Tracing-paper


Here are the first 4 pens I recommend. I use them for different types of drawings, lettering and mixed media pieces. They all have different thinknesses, pigmentation and color that provide different results. I used all black pens here to simplify the demo.

1. Kuretake “Zig” Clean Color: This is one of those pens that you have to use on different papers to get the best results. In my video demo it wrote more dry on the marker paper which isn’t as coated as the tracing paper. When I wrote on tracing paper it glides and writes darker. If I didn’t try different papers I would have not used the Zig. Now I like it and love the fine tip when I need a thinner brush pen. They come in several colors and can be found at Blick, Amazon and Jet Penszip_onpaper


2. Copic Sketch Brush Pen: This is a dual pen with two heads on each end. One is chizel and the other is a brush. It is wider brush than the Zig and has deep, rich color. It writes well on all papers and is one I highly recommend. It comes in various colors, sold as single pens and in sets and is great if you are doing lettering, marker illustrations and mixed media work. Find it at Amazon, Blick or Jet Pens.

3. Faber Castell “Pitt”: This is a tried and true, good marker pen. It feels more like a marker with a brush tip. The color is pigmented, it glides well on most papers and the pen has a medium size tip that is a good, all-around brush pen. It comes in various colors and in various nibs. I like it best when it is brand new as the point on the nib can wear down a bit when you use it more and more. Get it in a big or medium brush size, fine or chisel nibs at Blick.

4. Pentel Pocket Pen: I know several artists who highly recommend this pen and they are absolutely right. The color is pigmented, it glides so well and gives you great thick and thins accurately with the pressure you apply to it. It is a perfect, medium-sized brush and comes with cartridges to refill it anytime you run out. It’s a great pen that you can have for a long time and can be used in lettering, illustration and mixed media. Get it at Amazon, Blick and Jet Pens.


Rewatch my Part 1 Periscope video on I am saving my videos there so tune weekly in to see the latest. The recap can be seen at I warn you – you will see my EPIC FAIL with the camera stand. It was pretty embarrassing and hilarious. Oh and the camera will also turn sideways so proceed with caution. haha. I was laughing days later. I am new to “scoping” and improving more and more – I promise. It is watchable and I recover but still hilarious. I have proper gear now and my scopes going forward should be “fail” proof (let’s hope). :) Tune in Monday at 4:30 PST to see Part 2. I will do a recap here for you and provide all links to purchase these great pens.



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October Desktop Wallpaper

Just one step at a time! It’s something that I constantly remind myself when I begin to feel overwhelmed. I make an effort to push myself out of my comfort zones as I believe it is so important for my personal growth. I recently took a leap and made my first Periscope video. I have been watching Periscope videos daily and finally got up the nerve to do one. It was wobbly, imperfect, poorly lit but very exhilirating and I felt so proud of myself for taking that step. You have to just do it. Now I know how to improve it next time and I am sure it will get better and better. I plan on doing more videos and make it more of a regular routine around here. Enjoy this desktop wallpaper and hope you all take the first step to doing something that you have been wanting to try! Download it here for your computer and mobile device: 1680 x 1050  / 1280 x 800  / ipad / iphone5 / iphone6


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