Eliza Hall

An eternal doodler & lover of fonts

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Love like there is no tomorrow...

  I've had a passion for writing and lettering since I was little.  Bryn's first lesson where she speaks of loving to fill out forms really struck home with me.  I used to steal the subscription inserts from my parent's magazines just to fill them out as neatly as I could.  I've always wanted to pursue calligraphy and lettering, but always made up excuses not to.  It wasn't until recently that I finally decided to stop dreaming and actually pursue something I'm passionate about, which is why I enrolled in this course.  I've really enjoyed this class, and can't wait to continue on with Bryn's other courses

Step 1:  The phrase I had originally chose to calligraphy was "It does not do to dwell on dreams & forget to live" from Harry Potter.  The HP quote, though I loved it, ended up being much to long and I found I didn't enjoy writing some of the letters in it (I found the capital 'i' was the quote's downfall for me).  I instead chose to find a quote that incoporated some of my favorite letters from this course, which are L's and T's.  I also wanted a quote where I incorporate a simple drawing.  I decided on "Love like there is no tomorrow" because I just had a lot of fun writing it, and I think that's an important part of any project.

Step 2:  I sadly don't have a picture of my sketching process, but I assure you there was practicing a plenty.  There are calligraphy sketches trailing from my living room to my dining room and even to my kitchen. (On a side note: Does anyone else just love having ink stains all over there hands and arms?  It's seriously one of my favorite parts of this class!)

Step 3:  This is my final sketch.  I wanted to do script as well as non-script letters, and I really like how they turned out.  I also loved having fun connecting the L's and the T's, as well as adding the heart for a sweet little accent.  I'm still learning how to control the pen and prevent blotching ( the t in "tomorrow" is where this happened and I'm sad it's a little bumpy on the downstroke), but overall I'm excited with the end result.

**UPDATE**  I have been playing around with calligraphy more and more the past few months, and I have to say I'm still in love!  Here is another project I recently completed with gold ink and water color pencils.  Thanks again, Bryn, for an amazing class!

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