I started the HowJoyful blog in 2010 as a place for creatives to not only find inspiration, try new projects and techniques but also:
Offer a way to inspire, learn, and de-stress without the overwhelm that many times we feel when trying something new for the first time.
As an artist myself I’ve struggled to find the best way to learn, without feeling like I was being pulled into 100 different directions.
My goal is to take as much of the guessing and overwhelm off your learning and projects, so you can relax and enjoy making thing the easy way, while also seeing the results as fast as possible ♥
I am determined to share with you as much as possible to help your letter-making journey, so I started a section where I go deep into every aspect of Calligraphy and Lettering.
If you are here looking for craft tutorials, I encourage you to check out some of my favorites here — each one is filled with tips, tricks, and FREE files just for you!
Hola friends! As you can guess by the name of the blog I'm Joy, a Chilean designer that after falling in love, relocated from Santiago, Chile to start a new life in the gorgeous southern California mountains, in a tiny little town called Crestline.
I am not going to lie, moving from the city to the mountains is still something I'm getting used to, having the “city” 40 minutes down the hill is pretty nice, but I still struggle with the snow (even though I love to sit next to the fireplace sipping hot chocolate with my sketchbook –or my boys all over me– on those winter days) and all the other aspects of living in a small mountain community.
I am an Industrial Designer from the Universidad de Chile by trade but I am in love with design in every shape and form.
When I was a little girl my dream was to be a Fashion Designer, and while I was not able to follow that passion, because in Chile Fashion Design was not really a career I could follow.
BUT while in Design School, I found new and exciting ways to create with pen and paper.
Kenny and Joy wedding
Back in 2009, I wanted to find a way to learn more & improve my English, while we started the visa process to get married. After a couple of months, I started a wedding blog & I was so lucky to be selected by WeddingBee to blog for their website (under the alias of Miss Poodle) along with some amazing ladies, that are still part of my life.
After I finished the recaps of our wedding, I decided to start this blog =]
Today, ten years after my international move, from my home country Chile, I work full time as a lettering artist, I have a physical products shop, a digital product studio, and I do select freelance work whenever my schedule allows me.
I also sell my artwork on other platforms (for the full list and links click here), I teach in-person workshops when I am not too busy, I license my work for big-box companies, and I try to blog as often as possible =]
We have three little ones (Conner, Collin, and Cooper – All October babies. They are two, three and six years old!) So you can say I am pretty busy! =]
But spending time with them whenever I want, is what makes the hardship of working from home worth it. Balancing work and family time is always hard, but I would not have it any other way!
My husband Ken is a Firefighter for the City of Rancho Cucamonga in CA, and he is fantastic at helping me with so many aspects of my business, from proofreading my pieces to brainstorming ideas and blog post, he's pretty awesome if I say so myself! he he.
Stickers, mugs, tees and much more with cute sayings and puns about calligraphy and crafts.
Hand-lettered home goods, paper products, baby blankets and more with my designs.
Super cute fabrics and wallpapers with letters, patterns, and illustrations by yours truly =]
A compilation of everything that is in my toolbox & why I love them
A list of all the gear, tools and gadgets I use to make videos and take pictures
A list of all the tools I use to run both my blog and lettering business
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Thank you for letting me share my life with you! I hope you enjoy your stay, dig in, and come back soon.