Decorating letterforms using brushes you can make in Illustrator

I was inspired to decorate a letterform after seeing some beautiful designs on the web somewhere. My apologies for not making a note of who she is  and where her lovely artwork could be found. If anybody has any idea whose site I might have looked at please let me know so I can credit it. I think she had decorated am F and an L.

Anyway, I used a standard serif font for the h, stroked it in black, filled it with nothing then converted to outlines so I could start using the Pen tool to start shaping sections of the letter, etc. The patterns within the letter itself are designs that were dropped onto a combination of the Brushes and Swatches palette. There was some tweaking  (ha ha – could there not have been – it got fiddly at times!) and the Clipping Mask got called in to play a few times as well. It’s a nice, relaxing wet Sunday afternoon project to get into.

However, once the brushes are set up you have them forever and can use again and again on other projects.

So, for now, here is my letter H and I’ll finish the How To on making the different types of brushes and swatches and post that soon.

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