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Crystal Picard

Design & Hand Lettering

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Practice Makes Progress

Each week I like to try to do a blog on a course I've taken on Skillshare. I chose this course for my #SkillshareSunday class because it looked so fun and I have followed Teela Cunningham on YouTube for awhile now as well. 

I have had waterbrushes for awhile now but never thought to use them for lettering! So I was using a small and medium waterbrush, as well as a pentel pocketbrush rather then filling one of the waterbrushes with ink. Pocket brushes also use nylon bristles and they have the same length as a medium waterbrush. The only difference is you need to go slower to have a consistent mark as I'm about half way through the cartridge. So here is my project! 

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The tools I practiced with were a Pentel brush pen, waterbrush, Pentel Colour Brush and a Prismacolour brush pen. 

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Trying out some of the brush techniques. I was using pentel watercolours so they were not pigment based, rather they are stains, so the techniques shown in the video did not work as well for me. 

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I'm out of ink for my printer at home so I just did my alphabet practice by looking off the screen. 

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.....I have never had to yell "Don't you eat that paint!!!" so much. He was VERY interested in Teela's hands in the video.

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Attempting the duel tone. You can see with the stain there is very heavy lines where the two colours meet. I will probably pick up some pigment based watercolours to try this technique again.

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Switched over to my sketch pad to work with the Pentel Pocketbrush, as I was getting too textured on the mix media paper.

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I didn't plan the lettering of the word "Mother" well enough so it's very squished at the end. I will amend this for when I make this into a card.

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I was pleased with how this one came out, but I would like to work on keeping the slants on the same angle in future.

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I tried out the gradient effect between red and purple throughout this piece.

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I couldn't find my white souffle gel pen so I tried to make due with a white paint marker but the lines were thicker then I'd intended.

Altogether I think I learned a lot more from taking this course, but from taking photos and looking at them afterwards, I do see a lot of areas I can improve. I look forward to working hard to someday have lettering as fine as Ms. Cunningham. Thank you for taking a look at my project! 

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