Beautiful Chalk Lettering by the Renowned Dana Tanamachi

In Illustration, Inspiration, Typography by AbbieMay10 Comments

Dana Tanamachi is one of our all time favorite custom lettering artists and could quite easily be yours. What makes her typography creations even more beautiful is the fact that they are created with chalk and whilst this is quite an unusual choice of medium to work with, it has provided her with an edge over the competition and her work with a gorgeous authentic touch. Within this article I have compiled a few of her, in my opinion, best pieces along with some insightful time-lapse videos at the end.

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Dana Tanamachi-Williams is a Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer who enjoys living a quiet life and working with her hands. After designing Broadway show posters at SpotCo and working under Louise Fili, Dana opened her own design & lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio. She has been commissioned by clients such as Google, Yahoo!, Rugby Ralph Lauren, The Ace Hotel, Tommy Hilfiger, West Elm, and Bloomingdale’s.

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  • Armando Cabba

    I can’t even draw a straight line

  • It’s a shame that you built such amazing feats of typography in a medium that won’t last long. It reminds me of sand castles or sculptures.

  • Ana

    woow, i really liked it, its amazing! I was wondering, can you give me the names of the songs from the video, i really liked them, and try to google them but coudn’t find the names…

    • TomWhite

      I have no idea what the songs are either :(

  • Dana Butler

    These are spectacular.

  • Awesome art work. I love the one with Lucille and William

  • Wow, impressive.

  • Rachael

    Beautiful soundtrack to go with the creation of beautiful work! Who is it, pleeease?

    • TomWhite

      I have no idea, visit her website and get in touch with her. :)

  • Ariana

    I love it! It’s amazing how you do the different designs and fonts in chalk, it must take a lot of work and patience. I would be awesome to have an apartment or room with all the artwork to be in chalk.