Spotlight: MOLU Designs


WHEN YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING AND REALLY MEAN IT, PAINT IT ON A SIGN.

I am well overdue another Artist Spotlight; funnily they are one of the harder posts to organise and get my mind around but still my favourite. Introducing you to someone’s journey, passion and works is such a personal thing to encapsulate.

I first found one of Soumya’s designs inside my Blogtacular goody bag (in fact I might have somehow ended up with two) and it quickly led to an Instagram follow. Such a little thing but it meant I got to experience Soumya’s journey as a trained architect, graphic designer and sign painter.


I finally decided to get in touch and get a little hands on experience as her seasonal workshops started up again this year. Where as a beginner I got an introduction in to how Soumya comes up with the designs and then the process behind transferring it on to a board. To be honest the first half was spent admiring her amazing space in Cable Studios, Limehouse. It was a labour of love for the mixed creative studio to DIY together but now works as an amazing events space.




After looking at a selection of Soumya’s work you get this string of ideas pop in your head. She has not just a vibrant style but an engaging personality to match, a genuine desire to share her typography passions with others that quietly motivates you to create.





After looking at a selection of Soumya’s work you get this string of ideas pop in your head. She has not just a vibrant style but an engaging personality to match, a genuine desire to share her typography passions with others that quietly motivates you to create.


The workshop itself was an intimate group of 8 or so; perfect for the amount of mess we managed to make, and you get a lovely friendly table whilst also benefiting from one on one time with Souyma as she answers any individual questions you might have.

You start with a little introduction to letters and then are shown the templates; designs of Soumya’s which you pick from to create your sign. (This is with the In-a-nutshell short class, but with the longer One day crash-course session you can design your own phrase and font style). Then with the help of some graphite paper you transfer the perfect type on to your pre prepared board.


Choosing your colours is the hardest part; deciding which goes where, how many drop shadows you want, there are a lot of variations to consider. You start with the deepest part of the shadow and work your way up the layers giving yourself as many chances for a clean outer line as possible.


After the first brush stroke it becomes easier, you get more sure of your strokes needing less and less of them to fill the letters. It’s hard work, the concentration needed and the position held for a long period of time means it’s a labour to be admired. However it is also assessable to anyone, needing just a surface to paint, paint and paintbrush as a minimum with all the other items extra’s to create a more professional result.

You can book on to a workshop of your own via Molu Designs