Anna Day

Calligrapher & Designer

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I chose the well-known proverb 'All that glitters is not gold'. Pyrite, fool's gold, glitters more than gold, and can deceive someone panning for gold. Similar expressions have been used by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and JRR Tolkien. It is ideal for using both glitter and foil.

I don't have Photoshop, so I used Affinity Photo to create the glitter and foil. Since I had only purchased Affinity Photo a couple of weeks before starting the project and had little knowledge of this type of program, it was a steep learning curve. Filters have different names in Affinity. I found an equivalent for the Cloud filter, called Perlin Noise, but there is no equivalent for the Glass filter, so it was difficult to make the foil look shiny.

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Teela's method of drawing sketches is very helpful. I drew half a dozen, but only one seemed to work well for my saying using the Facebook format. I used Affinity Designer at this point, and tried different combinations of black and white background, and silver and gold glitter.

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I chose the fonts carefully, with rough brush lettering for the glitter of 'glitters' and elegant smooth lettering for the gold foil of 'gold'.

My preference is for the last example, using a black background with silver glitter and gold foil. I like the contrast between silver and gold, and the black background makes bothlook more shiny.

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