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Love and Paper

JULY 10, 2014

So today I got the urge to try and digitize some of my work. I've never done this before and I probably went about it the entirely wrong way, but I'm pretty happy with my results. I'm on a Beatles kick right now and definitely plan on doing more to add to this series. I made 2 pieces and sized each to fit an iMac background and an iPhone 5s background. I love being able to use my calligraphy to do fun stuff like this - and my friends are enjoying the free new backgrounds! haha

JULY 2014

Okay, so I havent been able to practice much lately. I'm a a photographer so I've been busy editing photos and trying to get caught up. I'm also 26 weeks pregnant, so that comes with a whole assortment of issues that contribute to my lack of practice.

But I DID get a desk lamp yesterday so now I can practice at night - yay! After picking up my pen tonight for the first time in about a week, I started to notice that I am having a really hard time doing anything different than what my hand naturally does. I feel like everything looks the same and I don't know how to develop several different styles like I see so many calligraphers do... But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself? I've always been the type to want to instantly be GREAT at something, and we all know that just doesn't happen. Hopefully, with time, I will get so comfortable with what comes natural that I'll be able to take on the challenge of doing something new.

Here's a few recent doodles... (I should probably do my alphabet more so I get better consistency with my lettering)

YAY gouache! First try.

JUNE 2014

Calligraphy is something that I've always wanted to do. I can't even count how many of those calligraphy kits from Hobby Lobby I've purchased in the past few years, as well as calligraphy "markers." And I'm sure those things work for people who know how to use them... but me? not so much. Now, I've always had nice handwriting. I prefer handwritten notes over anything typed. I've been keeping journals for 14 years and it was a priority that I write PERFECTLY and put a lot of thought into the layout/doodles. My neat handwriting is definitely one of my strengths.

Long story short, last week I was at Hobby Lobby again and I came across the fountain pens, nibs and ink and I decided to go all in. Enough with the kits, let's do this for real. So I came home and started googling calligraphy tutorials and came upon Molly's class. An ACTUAL class for only $20?!? I was sold in about two seconds. It was like the stars aligned and I knew it was finally time to give this long time dream a chance.

And WOW, I was clueless. I had no clue how to even hold the pen or how to get thick and thin lines. I felt kind of like an idiot for using those dumb kits and thinking I was doing calligraphy... this is so much harder than I ever thought it would be.

Here are my first few attempts at homework and trying to use the pen correctly. I'm not using the supplies that Molly suggested yet, still need to order everything. I'm hoping that once I get the right tools I will have much better results. I've been practicing for about 3 days now...

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