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The Shit Series | Part 1

The Shit Series is a personal project that kick started by my fascination with language and all the colloquial ways Aussies use the word shit.

Since its infancy back in January 2016, this series have grown through organic collaboration and using calligraphy, hand lettering, vector lettering and typography.

The inspiration behind these series is my Catalan Christmas celebrations. On Christmas Eve in Catalonia, we celebrate the “caga tió” (Christmas log that shits presents). We also feature the “caganer” (the shitter) in our Christmas nativity scene.

My Shit Series have taught me a lot of Australian slang. Check out the entire project, the inspiration behind each post and the tools I have used to create them; Good shit guaranteed!

 

Post number #50: You think you are king shit

Fraktur calligraphy using a Pilot Parallel pen.

Post number #49: I’m up to my eyeballs in shit

Thanks to the contribution of Dan Breukel.

Post number #48: Don’t chicken out chicken shit

Happy Halloween!

Post number #47: Shits me to tears

“Shits me to tears when people ask me to work for free”, inspired by Mr. Bingo’s great talk today at Creative Mornings Melbourne.

Post number #46: The weather is shithouse

You know how much I love you Melbourne, but sometimes you are such a hard work… Thanks to the contribution of my studio buddy Peter Tarasiuk.

Post number #45: You are giving me the shits

Trying out a new writing for the first time and feeling like there are so many mistakes that I should not be posting it! Definitely having two ‘g’ and two ‘s’ in the same quote is not helping at all.

Post number #44: Let’s make (good) shit happen

The last ten days, after the loss of my cat, have been pretty sad but I am determined to find the GOOD energy I brought back from Barcelona.

Post number #43: Warming the shit up

Getting ready for my last calligraphy course of 2016. Neuland calligraphy using a bamboo pen and liquid watercolours.

Post number #42: Stiff shit

This post is about the loss of my cat Graham. After being together for more than eight years, it really hurts inside saying goodbye to him. Neuland calligraphy using a bambo pen and liquid watercolours.

Post number #41: Fresh shit

This post is about the excitement to come back home again.

Post number #40: This shit is bananas

Thanks to the contribution of Bethany Simons.

Post number #39: Shit just just got real

This post is about the excitement before jumping on an airplane and flying to Barcelona!

Post number #38: Just talking (fancy) shit

Copperplate calligraphy using metallic inks.

Post number #37: As boring as bat shit

Fraktur calligraphy using a 6mm Pilot Parallel pen and liquid watercolours.

Post number #36: Bullshit artist

Thanks to the contribution of Michael Poland.

Post number #35: Photoshop the shit out of it

Thanks to the contribution of Danielle, Christian and Marz while having a team meeting at Tractor Design school. Modern Carolingian calligraphy using a 3mm broad pen.

Post number #34: Don’t give me more shit

Neuland calligraphy using a bamboo pen and liquid watercolours.

Post number #33: Keep that shit up

This post is about finding motivation in the middle of a cold and rainy Melbourne.

Post number #32: Crack the shits

Thanks to the contribution of Kate Pullen. Roman Capitals calligraphy.

Post number #31: You scared the shit out of me

Thanks to the contribution of Teagan Glenane.

Post number #30: Pushing shit uphill with a rubber fork on a hot day

Thanks to the contribution of Craig Newman. When asked him “what is that mean?” Craig said, “means it is really hard”.

Post number #29: In the middle of a shitstorm

This post is about struggling with being a sole trader, and wanting to do too many things at the same time without losing my mind. Blackletter calligraphy using a 6mm Pilot Parallel pen and liquid watercolours.

Post number #28: It’s all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits

Thanks to the contribution of Steve Abbott‘s brother.

Post number #27: You are so full of shit (mate)

Hand lettering artwork using a Rotring Rapidograph.

Post number #26: That’s the good shit

This post is about me feeling really happy for selling out my first calligraphy workshop in Sydney, yay! Brush calligraphy using a Daiso pen.

Post number #25: You gotta be shitting me

This post is a joke about displaying a broad nib when I am actually using a flexible pointed one to write Copperplate calligraphy. I don’t think anyone noticed on Instagram though!.

Post number #24: That’s shit house mate

Thanks to the contribution of Teagan Glenane and Lauren Vilitati. Modern Carolingian calligraphy using a 3mm broad nib and liquid watercolours.

Post number #23: Get shit done

Roman Capitals calligraphy using a 1.5mm broad nib and walnut ink.

Post number #22: Up shit creek without a paddle

Contribution by Rebecca Olivieri. Neuland calligraphy using a bamboo pen, walnut ink and liquid watercolours.

Post number #21: Shit yeah!

Thanks to the contribution of Ben Tovell. Fraktur calligraphy using a 3mm broad nib and liquid watercolours.

Post number #20: You do so much cool shit

One blogger says to the other while attending a private whisky event in the city. Fraktur calligraphy using a 6mm Pilot Parallel pen and liquid watercolours.

Post number #19: Holy shitballs Batman

Thanks to the contribution of Robert Tickner. Modern Carolingian calligraphy using a 3mm broad nib and liquid watercolours.

Post number #18: Panna cotta is the shit

Thanks to the contribution of Rhianna Hobbs. Modern Carolingian calligraphy using a 3mm broad nib and liquid watercolours.

Post number #17: All professional and shit

Thanks to the contribution of my studio buddy and great photographer Peter Tarasiuk. Fraktur calligraphy using a Pilot parallel pen. Brush calligraphy using a Daiso brush pen.

Post number #16: You little shit stirrer

Thanks to the contribution of Teagan Glenane. Fraktur calligraphy using a Pilot parallel pen.

Post number #15: I lost my shit

This post is about dealing with personal problems and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Brush calligraphy using a Daiso brush pen.

Post number #14: Bat shit crazy

This post is about approaching the end of February and feeling like I haven’t accomplished anything yet.

Modern Carolingian calligraphy using a Brause & Co 3mm nib and liquid watercolour ink.

Post number #13: Same old shit

This post is about going through a very tough personal time and using calligraphy to meditate and calm down. Italic calligraphy using a Brause & Co 3mm, 2mm and 1mm nibs and liquid watercolour ink.

Post number #12: Honey, I know you like to think your shit don’t stink

This post is about my non-romantic approach to the commercialised St. Valentine’s Day. Neuland calligraphy using a bamboo pen, walnut ink and liquid watercolours.

Post number #11: Get your shit together

This post is about pushing myself forward, finding the good energy, working harder and remembering how lucky I am for doing what I love for a living.

Copperplate calligraphy using a William Mitchell elbow nib and liquid watercolour ink.

Post number #10: No shit Sherlock

Thanks to the contribution of Rob Tickner. Brush calligraphy using a Daiso brush and a golden touch pen.

Post number #9: You don’t know jack shit

This post is about the feeling when you think you know something but in reality you know nothing at all! A while ago I attended a “Type by Hand” workshop with Wayne Thompson and Carla Hackett. I thought I knew how to write letterforms since I tried a Tombow pen and I felt I have never held a pen before.

Post number #8: You are shitting me up the wall

Post thanks to the contribution of my studio buddy and a great photographer, Teagan Glenane.

Post number #7: Shit!

Playing with a Tombow pen for the first time. Brush calligraphy.

Post number #6: I am shitting my pants, I shit you not

This post is about my feelings after my solo exhibition. Having a project ahead with a specific deadline helped me a lot to be motivated and extremely focused. After the exhibition I felt really lost, looking around and asking myself way too many questions: “What’s next? When am I going to get paid again? Where am I going now?” I was really scared.

Now I am still fighting it and trying to find my next project to keep myself happy for the next months.

Neuland calligraphy using a bamboo pen, walnut ink and liquid watercolours.

Post number #5: Just for shits and giggles

Hand lettering using a Pentel Hybrid Technica 0.3mm and tracing paper.

Post number #4: All over it like flies on shit

Post thanks to the contribution of Viki Wright while having a few beers in Bairnsdale, VIC. Italic calligraphy using a Pilot parallel pen.

Post number #3: Built like a brick shit house

Contribution from Sarah Graham while camping at The Prom (Australia) and trying to scare a wombat who showed up without an invite. Fraktur calligraphy using a Brause & Co 3mm nib and liquid watercolour ink.

Post number #2: Rare as rocking horse shit

Post thanks to the contribution of Ken Tickner. Italic calligraphy using a Brause & Co 3mm nib and liquid watercolour ink.

Post number #1: Shit will hit the fan

I learned about this expression from Ken Ticker during our monthly Saturday dinner meet ups at his house. Copperplate calligraphy using a William Mitchell elbow nib and golden gouache ink.