Thistle & Weeds | Skillshare Projects

Brenna Noel

Graphic Designer & Illustrator



Thistle & Weeds


I wanted to start out by saying I am so excited for this class! I graduated college with a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art back in December and I'm already itching for the projects and feedback you get in school. My college didn't offer any kind of hand-lettering course, but it's always been an interest of mine. I've loved playing with letterforms as long as I can remember.

 Anyway, I decided to choose a lyric from "Thistle and Weeds" by Mumford & Sons. This song brings a lot of nostalgia for me and think it sends a good message. I know it's a little bit lengthy, but I'm willing to take on the challenge :)

After selecting my lyrics, I made a list of inspiration words.

I quickly decided that I want to create some sort of poster that resembles vintage seed packets. I collected images with organic and flowing letter forms with a rustic feel. I kept colors and layout in mind during my research.

I did some warm-ups and found that I am most definitely not a fan of blackletter. I think I'm just not familiar enough with it's characteristics. I'm going to give it another go, along with ornate, another night.


I played around with some more letters. Then I moved on to thumbnails. I'm not really feeling any of them yet. I still need to figure out a clear direction...

More to come soon!

Comments and feedback are always welcome :)


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