Lucia Leyfield


Lucia is an artist, letterer and teacher who loves creating illustrated journals and artist books. She has become known for a unique and creative approach to her work which has been described as 'quietly joyful...a nostalgic, moving and profound treasure chest of creativity and inspiration'

Her journals and sketchbooks, which record life as it happens, conversations, inspirations and experiments, have become works of art in their own right.  Many of Lucia's sketchbooks are handmade with a range of papers and combine traditional and experimental hand lettering with watercolour, collage and mixed media sketches. She is inspired by a diverse range of things: the old, rusty and wonky, worn architectural patinas, ancient diagrams, aged buildings, old books and ephemera, explorers' sketchbooks and vintage field guides.

Illustrated journalling can be a daunting prospect for many artists, irrelevant of experience, as it relies on developing and combining a range of skills as well as an innate sense of design. The pages of an illustrated journal are not planned in advance and 'grow' gradually with a series of small creative decisions. A personal sketchbook, however, should be a safe place to create your art as, like a diary, it can be a private place to explore ideas and make mistakes.


If you'd like to begin journalling or learn how to enjoy creating art through mindful sketchbook projects subscribe to Lucia's regular newsletter for updates about the workshops and classes she teaches online, nationally and internationally which encourage confidence and happiness through a unique and personal creative practice.

Lucia's illustrations and lettering have been applied to stone memorials and house signs as well as laser cut signage for film, TV, home decor, advertising, branding, books, wall art, museums and businesses. Clients include: Sainsbury's, BBC, ITV, Not On The High Street, Molton Brown, Yeo Valley,  MIND,  Jo Malone, The Idris Shah Foundation.


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2010 - present
2010 - present