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Back in the beginning of this year, I wanted to learn how to do calligraphy. I learn well by teaching myself, by playing around & seeing what works best for my brain. I really wanted to learn calligraphy because I knew it would be something that I could do to relax & decompress. I have found that I haven't quite caught onto this as fast as I had anticipated- not to say that I'm the most awesome human or that calligraphy is simple!
I had started off with using a nib & ink and loved it. I struggled with keeping things consistent with the ink but found that when I was getting it right, it was looking good. My biggest thing though, was because I'm a disaster in general, I was getting ink everywhere. When I was doing this at my home, it was fine because I prepared for it. But I do a lot of house & animal sitting, and I knew I couldn't just bring my ink to other peoples homes in fear that I would accidentally destroy things that weren't mine.
So, I had looked into trying out brush pens so that I could travel with them. I didn't realize how different they would be from the ink- although in hindsight, of course they would be totally different!
To see my recap on using ink, click here!
I did quite a bit of research before I settled on the brand of pens I would purchase. I settled on Tombow pens which I got for a good price on Amazon and I also use practice pages & cardstock to write. I love these pens because all the ones I ordered are dual tip so I'm able to play around with 2 different styles of tips which produce different styles of lines.
The biggest thing for me was I had to start learning completely over. When you use the ink & the nib, it's much easier to naturally make the lines thicker & thinner based on how your pulling the nib. With the brush pens, I struggle with creating those lines in a simpler way. I'm definitely still getting the hang of it!
What I find too especially is that when I work with the ink, the lines are made & that's that (at least for me). Whereas with the brush pens, I can fake those lines. So what you can do, is write out a word and essentially fill in the thickness of lines to create the style of calligraphy. And while I do this with the pens as I'm getting used to this- I feel like I'm cheating. But in my head I do know that brush lettering & calligraphy have their differences too so that makes me feel better.
I do like brush lettering because it's easier to fix my mistakes- because I'm without a double still making lots of mistakes. You're able to make a tweaks much easier than when using ink. It's also much more predictable than the ink. With the ink, there might be an air bubble in the nib & it might explode a little over your paper. Or if you run out of ink in the middle of a line, it can be tricky to recover especially for a super beginner like me!
What I also like about the dual tip pens is you can play with colors a little! I was nervous to try this and while my first attempt isn't perfect, it still came out cool! I like that with the brush pens for me, I'm able to create more diversity in a single piece. I have fun mixing & matching colors very simply and it makes creating something a lot more fun in the moment!
I'm sure that somehow this technique could be done with ink, but I am nowhere near that type of skill with the ink considering I splatter everywhere still. Whoops.
What I am enjoying also, is with the pens, I'm having an easier time playing around with different types of fonts. I still have a lot of playing around & practicing to do, that's obvious, but I've come a long way. I have a good time mixing & matching different styles. I enjoy playing around a lot & I tend to go from one thing to another quickly then back again. With the brush pens it's easier for me to do that!
Overall, I enjoy the brush pens and the nib & ink in such different ways. I think had I learned on brush pens first, it might have helped me a little more with learning how to use the nib & ink. I do feel that I'm more comfortable with the brush pens currently in regards to being able to take chances & playing around. I love working with colors really easily with the pens, although I haven't tried experimenting with colored ink quite yet. The way the black ink comes out does look a little sleeker than the pens do but the pens give me a better opportunity to do more right now. I greatly enjoy both of these techniques & am really enjoying learning! I would suggest if you're interested in trying either of these options- start with the brush pens! Happy crafting!
If you're like me, then you're obsessed with Snapchat- and let's be real, the filters that come with it. I have loved the flower crown filter- I just enjoy the little extra fun. So I decided I finally would learn how to make them!
What I love about this craft is it's easy- it can be time consuming depending on how many flowers you're using. But it's also inexpensive. The wire & tape you use- you can use it for so many other projects & it's going to last you. The flowers- if you're like me & love coupons, then you can get these inexpensive at the craft store! You can also decide how big, small, simple or extravagant you want these to be! It's a fun project to do with your girlfriends with some wine & snacks!
Here is how I created mine (and trust me, I learned the hard way of not doing my research ahead of time):
I like to also sort everything out as I'm cutting. It just makes the thought process of the kind of crown your creating & the actual creating of the crown a little easier. I sort out the flowers based on size & color if necessary too.
Once I do this, I start thinking about how it's going to look. Am I going to create a pattern? Is it going to be totally random? Do I want it to have a ton of flowers? Do I want it on the lighter side? You can make this however you have envisioned it!
If you need more tape- get more tape or you can trim the stem right from here too. You're going to keep repeating this until your crown is complete!
I tend to do repeating patterns on my crowns. So if you're doing this- to make sure it's even, I do one set of pattern on one side, then one set on the other side & continue to alternate until I hit the middle.
If you're using the thin headband, decide what you want to be the focal point on the top of your crown which will be on the top of your head. I'd start here at the middle point & work your way down the sides!
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