NINA | calligrapher + artist (@thedownstrokes) — 📍 D.C. adjacent
🙋🏼‍♀️ digital marketer | painter | letterer
🎥 @RealTimeLettering 
👇🏻 #TheDownStrokesShop 
when you’re a calligrapher and your bestie asks you to plan their bachelorette,
when you’re a calligrapher and your bestie asks you to plan their bachelorette, you know you’re gonna go a little extra and make a custom itinerary 💁🏻‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ side note - why did no one tell me there was a SHARK TANK in the Golden Nugget’s pool?! I nearly cried when I saw it, I was up on the glass freaking out with all the kids 😂 side side note - why y’all bringing kids to Vegas 🤦🏻‍♀️
14.08.2018 15:43:10
one more day in Vegas for my best friend’s bachelorette!! it’s been 105+ every d
one more day in Vegas for my best friend’s bachelorette!! it’s been 105+ every day but somehow doesn’t feel nearly as hot as muggy DC 💁🏻‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ last week, I finally broke out my @officialcricut and made these minimalist kitty name stickers for our tumblers to go with the weekend’s theme and I love how they came out 😻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ gonna add customizable bachelorette party goodies to the ever-growing list of products to add to my shop whenever I launch it cause this stuff was actually so fun to make!!
12.08.2018 15:44:27
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stop apologizing for your wild 🐺
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words: @nikita_gill
lettered in @proc
stop apologizing for your wild 🐺 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ words: @nikita_gill lettered in @procreate with @virginiahandwritingco’s Hello Mono brush
07.08.2018 12:29:10
when other words fail, this old faithful is always there for me 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻
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when other words fail, this old faithful is always there for me 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ this morning while getting a coffee, a stranger came up to me and told me I looked like I was getting a severe sunburn. I told her nope, this is just my natural coloring (as you may be able to tell from my hands in this pic, I’m very rosy). she poked my arm and told me there was no way this was my natural color (total stranger, as a reminder). I calmly assured her this is, in fact, how I look year round. she laughed and said “well that sucks.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...toootally worthy of a “fuck you” but I hadn’t had coffee yet, so I just gave her my usual active bitch face and went about my rosy business. this happens a couple times every summer, but she was by far the rudest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PSA: if someone looks sunburnt, don’t poke them. if they are burnt, it probably hurts. if they’re not burnt, it might hurt in another way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ paint: @kuretakezig_usa gansai tambi and @thealohastudios hula queen stars: @drphmartins pen white paper: @blickartmaterials watercolor block cold press brush: @princetonbrush 8 and @grumbacherart 2
05.08.2018 20:50:20
🎉 GIVEAWAY CLOSED 🎉  I can’t thank y’all enough for your support and I still can
🎉 GIVEAWAY CLOSED 🎉 I can’t thank y’all enough for your support and I still can’t believe there are TEN THOUSAND people who have decided they’re down with the ‘strokes. to celebrate, ONE winner will win TEN prizes!! swipe to see them all 👀 I hope this is a good starter kit for a new letterer or someone looking to explore some new materials!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P R I Z E 🖤 P A C K ➖a Tombow fudenosuke soft tip ➖a copy of Hand Lettering 101 ➖a pad of Rhodia paper ➖a Sharpie oil-based paint pen in white ➖a Spectrum Noir brush pen in crystal clear ➖a da Vinci paintbrush, round size 2 ➖a set of six Sakura Pigma Micron pens, assorted sizes (005-08) ➖a customized natural Moleskine journal ➖a liquid dropper ➖a roll of washi tape ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ T O 🖤 E N T E R 1️⃣ must be following @thedownstrokes (duh) 2️⃣ like this picture 3️⃣ tag some pals (one tag per comment, each tag is one entry, feature / company accounts don’t count, no limit!!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ B O N U S 🖤 E N T R I E S ✍🏻 for 10 bonus entries, letter "the down strokes" and post it to your feed (don't forget to use the hashtag #TheDownStrokes10k and profile must be public for the bonus entry) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ T H E 🖤 R U L E S ➖the winner will be randomly selected and announced in my story on Sunday (August 5, 2018) ➖the winner will have 24 hours to send me their address or another winner will be selected ➖this is open to U.S. only ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ D I S C L A I M E R 🖤 S T U F F this giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram, its affiliates, or any of the companies who make the prize pack items ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thedownstrokes10k#giveaway#artgiveaway#artistgiveaway#letteringgiveaway#calligraphygiveaway
01.08.2018 19:43:46
weekly reminder that #MondaysSucc but you don’t 🌵🖤😘
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so uh can we pleas
weekly reminder that #MondaysSucc but you don’t 🌵🖤😘 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ so uh can we please talk about this monster brush for a moment?! it’s a round 40. FORTY!! 😳 I knew I needed to test it on a prickly pear and it did not disappoint!! I used @thealohastudios’ handmade watercolor paint in “storm” cause I wanted to make this a galactic cactus and I mean 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ paint: #alohawatercolors by @thealohastudios in Storm stars: @drphmartins pen white brush: @royalbrushart round 40 paper: @cansonpaper_northamerica watercolor XL cold press
30.07.2018 14:29:03
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I had a talk with a new friend (who already feels like an old friend) this week
I had a talk with a new friend (who already feels like an old friend) this week about something very challenging for me: VULNERABILITY. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a reeeeeally hard time letting people in and showing emotions because I feel an immense amount of pressure to be a strong, independent, bold woman AT ALL TIMES, NO EXCEPTIONS. I also haaaaaate asking for help or support because I don’t want to look incapable, lazy, or weak. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ allowing myself to be vulnerable is something I’m working on everyday. at the moment, it’s mostly coming out as word vomit at inappropriate times, so I’m constantly wondering, “...is it cool that I said all that?” (spoiler alert: it *usually* is) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ hand-lettered in @procreate using @virginiahandwritingco’s Hello Mono brush lyrics: @taylorswift
27.07.2018 16:22:30
my first-ever great white shark painting in honor of #SharkWeek using @thealohas
my first-ever great white shark painting in honor of #SharkWeek using @thealohastudios’ handmade #alohawatercolors 🦈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a feeling I’m gonna want to paint this again but with a less busy background so the shark is featured more... but I couldn’t stop myself with these paints!! swipe to see that shimmery magic pearl sheen on the underbelly 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ paints: @thealohastudios handmade watercolors in shark, storm, magic pearl, lady fern, hula queen, and kona jazz paper: @cansonpaper_northamerica watercolor XL cold press brushes: @winsorandnewton round 3 and @grumbacherart round 10
25.07.2018 16:33:25
🦈 HAPPY SHARK WEEK 🦈 this @ladygaga song always makes me think about sharks 😍 (.
🦈 HAPPY SHARK WEEK 🦈 this @ladygaga song always makes me think about sharks 😍 (...ok tbh a lot of things make me think about sharks) and I wanted to recreate my first-ever bevel lettering piece from my #SharkWeek challenge a year ago so swipe to see that one!! 🦈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ happy 30th, @sharkweek, and a big thank you @discoverychannel for giving us classics like Shaq Does Shark Week 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ lettering in @procreate using an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro 10.5” with @la.reletters’ Aries brush and the built-in monoline brush
24.07.2018 14:33:01
we are all just stars that have people names ✨
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I saved a GORGEOUS piec
we are all just stars that have people names ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I saved a GORGEOUS piece by my talented friend Ashley @sunflowers_and_sangria) a while back with these words and have been itching to do a galaxy again for a while so here we are!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love the way watercolor lettering with a nib looks and this rich navy is sooo much prettier in person 😍 if you wanna see me letter this in real time, head over to my #IGTV channel!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ words: @nikita_gill paint: decadent pies by @prima_watercolor@primamarketinginc stars: @drphmartins pen-white brushes: @grumbacherart round 10, @winsorandnewton cotman round 6 and 3 oblique holder: @inkmethis paper: @blickartmaterials cold press watercolor block
21.07.2018 19:42:54
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I N D E P E N D E N T do you know what that mean? she got her own house, she got
I N D E P E N D E N T do you know what that mean? she got her own house, she got her own car, two jobs, work hard, you a bad broad 💁🏼‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ lettering in @procreate using an @apple pencil on an iPad Pro 10.5” with the built-in monoline brush and @la.reletters’ Aries brush (aka the same one I use on literally everything cause it’s the best)
20.07.2018 13:14:48
here’s a throwback to one of my favorite pieces - a galaxy bear with beautiful w
here’s a throwback to one of my favorite pieces - a galaxy bear with beautiful words from @randeethewriter 🐻✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I initially pained the bear by hand and then added the galaxy and lettering in @procreate, but then I came back and hand painted the words and drew in the galaxy (swipe to see the difference). I prefer the hand-painted letters but the digital galaxy - which do you like better??
18.07.2018 16:01:34
I haven’t done a full alphabet in a while - it felt good to get back to basics!!
I haven’t done a full alphabet in a while - it felt good to get back to basics!! this one is mostly inspired by the k I’ve been using more and more lately. one of my least favorite letters but this one is fun, especially when it starts a word and allows space for the the extra loop. I know this alphabet isn’t perfect... descender loops don’t all match, slant is a bit off in places 🤷🏼‍♀️ could be worse and it was good to get the practice!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ check out other styles on @everydaywealphabet, which is a great place to get inspiration curated by @booksandbrushpens 🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ lettering in @procreate with an @apple pencil on an iPad Pro 10.5” using @la.reletters’ Nyx brush
16.07.2018 12:33:22
so I want to do a superstitious version of #fridayintroductions for Friday the 1
so I want to do a superstitious version of #fridayintroductions for Friday the 13th - I’ll tell you my superstitions and you tell me yours 👀 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ mine are fairly typical for an American... I always knock on wood to avoid tempting fate, I say “rabbit rabbit” on the first of every month, and I have symbols around my home (horseshoes and clovers) for good luck. what are yours?? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ btw, if you’re a fellow Capitals fan tryna get your hands on The Stanley Mug (pictured here), head over to my @society6 shop 😉 #linkinbio#thedownstrokesshop
13.07.2018 15:16:00
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sometimes you just wake up crabby, amirite?? and most of those sometimes happen
sometimes you just wake up crabby, amirite?? and most of those sometimes happen to fall on a Monday, amirite?? 🦀 painting this lil crustacean was harder than I thought but it was fun to do something a bit different!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ this is a Chesapeake Blue Crab, which is *the* crab around here despite being a royal pain in the ass to eat 🙄 gotta say, though, he was more fun to paint than your average crab cause of all those blues and greens 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ paint: @winsorandnewton cotman pans brush: @winsorandnewton cotman round 6 paper: @cansonpaper_northamerica watercolor XL cold press
09.07.2018 13:02:10
you know you’ve got a winning color palette when even the runoff from the pours
you know you’ve got a winning color palette when even the runoff from the pours is this gorgeous 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had wayyyyy too much fun creating with Briana (@indigoimpressions) yesterday jamming out to 90s R&B and going out of our collective comfort zones with this palette (plus exploring a whole new medium for me!!) can’t wait to show y’all the finished pieces, but she has a real-time video up on her #IGTV if you want a sneak peak of these colors in action 🤤 (we used emerald green, peachy blush, magenta, and pale mint) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ she has a course coming out soon about acrylic pours and I CAN’T WAIT!! her work speaks for itself so if you haven’t already, go check her out: @indigoimpressions 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P.S. huge shout out to @inkmethis for mentioning Briana’s work as a palette inspo for her holders so I could find her and love her forever and ever 🖤
08.07.2018 15:27:00
out of many, one 🇺🇸 happy birthday, America
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paint: @primamarketinginc
out of many, one 🇺🇸 happy birthday, America ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ paint: @primamarketinginc@prima_watercolor decadent pies stars: @drphmartins pen white brush: @winsorandnewton cotman round lettering: @procreate with the built in chalk brush ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tlt_redwhiteblue ❤️💙
04.07.2018 14:40:04
“Are & Be” - my go-to @spotify playlist for @goodtype’s #goodtypetuesday & #good
“Are & Be” - my go-to @spotify playlist for @goodtype’s #goodtypetuesday & #goodtypetunesday ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been working on serifs a lot lately, and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at @kphletters’ long shadow style for a bit, so this seemed like a perfect time to try a few new things!! I got this rolling parallel ruler for projects where I needed to have a consistent angle to my lines - it’s rolls straight so it maintains the original slant!! check out my process video on #IGTV to see it in action 🎥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ paint: @kuretakezig_usa gansai tambi dark shadow: @drphmartins iridescent calligraphy ink in black sparkle splatter: @drphmartins pen white brushes: @winsorandnewton cotman rounds outline: @sakuraofamerica pentouch extra fine
03.07.2018 15:03:07
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