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Tiny Hand-Lettered Messages of Motivation Inspire Positive Thinking

Dexa Muamar expresses sentiments of hope, perseverance, and individuality through tiny hand-lettered quotes. The meticulously-drawn designs feature a myriad of letterforms, including fancy flourishes, bold blocks, and razor-thin san-serifs. Together, they compose exquisite displays of inspirational sayings–some that are as small as a coin. For scale, he'll often photograph his handiwork next to objects of equal size.

Muamar is a skilled draftsman who's an expert when it comes to mixing different lettering styles. Each piece is visually striking thanks to its fusion of seemingly disparate approaches. They look and feel cohesive, however, because of his careful arrangement of words on the page. “The way the letters connect are something special to me,” he says.

With these artistic abilities, it's surprising to learn that Muamar's educational background is in economic development. He is drawn to quote writing because of its calming abilities. In an interview with Lettering Guy, Muamar admitted, “Making letters [has] kinda been therapy for me.”

Dexa Muamar: Instagram
via [Design TAXI, Bored Panda]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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