Boards By Jess Jessica Watson in Deal Kent


Hi, I'm Jess! The face and artist behind ‘Boards By Jess’ based in Deal, Kent. I have been practising modern calligraphy, lettering and chalkboard design since 2018 after finishing University. 

After graduating from Brunel University in Journalism in 2018, I had finished three years feeling like I had abandoned my artistic flair and love for being creative that was the focus of my A Levels at school. 

Boards By Jess had actually started as a small hobby and portfolio during the summer of 2018 to help me get back into being creative again whilst finding my feet post-university. Naming my Instagram ‘Boards by Jess’ because I was practicing lettering and illustration on chalkboards in my bedroom. Meanwhile chalkboard design had become part of my role on the wedding team at my previous employer, The Blue Pigeons - a lovely wedding venue in a small village called Worth near Deal.

I went on freelance in TV as a Researcher and now have worked with companies including BBC Southeast and ITV Daytime. Now between being creative and working for myself, I continue to work at ITV commuting between Deal and London. 

Practising Modern Calligraphy has now gone from a hobby to something I'm proud to call a job - I'd never thought of it and so glad I embraced my own creative flare. My passion lies with working with like minded business owners, happy couples getting married and helping lovely customers find joy in calligraphy and illustration. I’m lucky enough to have made some lovely friends along the way who have been previous clients or other creative business owners. 

Self taught, my business continues to grow and develop constantly bursting with new and inventive creative ideas. Working with different materials and papers, I go between using traditional chalk pens (Posca or Molotow are my favourite) and my Nikko G Nib and Pen holder with some of my favourite inks including the Finetec range and Higgins Black Eternal Ink. 

As well as on my site, you can discover pictures of my most recent and hand written work on my Instagram @boardsbyjess and Facebook Page, Boards By Jess

Thankyou for following my passion and helping support my small but growing business!

Jess x