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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!
Ever since I could remember & to this day, I have extremely vivid dreams. They're detailed, and sometimes crazy! Because of that, I've always had a thing for dream catchers. I have numerous up above my bed & I even got this gorgeous (well, I think it's gorgeous) dream catcher tattoo a few years ago!
I wanted to bring you a fun tutorial to learn to make dream catchers! I figured this is such a fun craft to do with girlfriends or even kids! The trickiest part is the weave, but I found a really easy way to do it thanks to my friend Pinterest! I hope you enjoy this & don't forget to send us your pictures of your final craft!
What you need
I liked this craft a lot first off because it doesn't break the bank! You could probably make 2 of these for under $10 easily! Not all craft projects have to be expensive, and this one is proof of that! Obviously the more you like to embellish, the more this might add up to be. But this is a great craft to do if you're hosting a kids birthday party too and it won't cost too much!
This was also one craft that didn't take a ton of time. I spent most of the time figuring out the middle pattern so I wish I had searched for help prior to starting, but I am stubborn by nature! I go either way- sometimes I really enjoy time consuming projects where I can really create something elaborate. But sometimes, I just need a quick crafting fix! I especially love a good quick craft when I'm learning something brand new that I can build on!
Making the dream catcher really showed me how must room there is for creativity! You can go in so many different directions between colors, weaves & final decorations. I bet no 2 final products will look the same! It's such a fun craft to express yourself with!
I hope you have fun with this craft & I'd love to see pictures! So send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you'll be featured on our social media pages!
I love how mason jars are a great blank canvas to experiment on! This next DIY is a craft we used to do as kids all the time but with plastic soda bottles. I decided to try it out for this series to see how I liked it!
I hope you enjoy this last craft! It's really something fun for adults & kids to do together! Experiment with all your creativity and see what happens!
What you need:
-Once you have added paper to your entire jar- you're done! Just let it dry completely before using it!
-A fun part about this craft is you can go back once it's dry to add more layers if you're not totally satisfied.
I'd love to see your pictures of this fun craft!!
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The first step is to figure out what type of trim you want your bottle to have to make it special! I chose to do a scalloped type trim. So what I did was I took my paper, drew out my design & cut it out.
From there, I removed the label from the bottle. You're going to want to get as much of the sticky stuff off as possible but having a little there is ok!
Then, I taped it around my bottle about halfway high. You can choose how tall you want your finished product to be! Then I traced the my design with the marker & untapped it.
What I did next, was I cut my bottle about an inch higher than my design. This will make cutting your design out a lot easier. Best way to start cutting the bottle- pinch the plastic with one hand & cut a little bit where your pinch is to start it off. Then simply, cut around!
Then you can start cutting your design! Don't worry about cutting your marker lines off because the spray paint will hide them. Follow the lines as best as you can- cutting plastic can be tricky!
This is the step I very highly recommend kids do not do. Take your spray paint & your bottle outside. Be sure to be wearing clothes you're ok with getting ruined in case wind sends spray-paint your way. Please be sure to not breath in any spray paint!
Follow the directions on your spray paint to make sure you are doing it correctly. I did 2 layers of spray on the outside of my bottle. I let it sit outside for a while for it to dry & take away some of that spray paint smell. When it's dry, you can bring it on in!
This is the fun part! Now that your bottle is spray painted- it's a whole new blank canvas! I chose to go simple with just a strip of glitter because I'm obsessed!
But you can go crazy with all sorts of different materials. Add color, add shine, add glitz, add fun!! Use your creative mind to make this awesome!
I ended up using this as my go to spot for my paint brushes since I use them so often! You can even punch a few small holes on the bottom & turn this into a plant holder! That can make an awesome Mothers Day gift, don't you think?
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What I loved about this is not only how simple it us, but how unique it is! You can customize this to pretty much any theme, make a matching set so they shine in a particular room or make a great gift with a great smelling candle!
It also makes a great craft to do with friends! You all start with the same materials & you can see how different they all come out! There are so many things you can do to this- paint on a design, use a sponge with paint to gently add texture to the pot, add some glitter & more!
I'd love to see pictures of your completed terra cotta pot candles in your home!!
Once the glue is totally dry, you can start using these right away! They add cute fun to your refrigerator & make perfect gifts for the wine lover in your life!
I like this craft because, it's pretty easy- well, after you get the hang of cutting the cork in half, it makes the craft more enjoyable! I love how it looks on the fridge- it amps up grown up fridges! AND you're recycling corks which is even more fun!
Hope you enjoy this craft! We'd love to see pictures of your creations up on your fridge!
Once you're done- you can even out any tacky glue bumps. I do this before the glue begins to dry & I just use my finger to smooth it out. Even though the glue dries clear, by using a good amount to attach each line & layer, you'll still see the effect. Smoothing it out will help make it look sleeker!
Hope you have fun making & using this!
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