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Raise Your Glass

Let me preface this entire project by saying that I'm still VERY new to calligraphy!

A friend of mine got engaged last night, so I wanted to do something related to the occasion-- simple, cheerful, and celebratory. Perhaps it's because I'm still a beginner, but flourishes are tough for me. I can never really decide where to put them, and I find that when I make some flourishes, they look downright bad. I suppose that skill will come with time, though!

I did a few sketches, but this is what I ended up going with:

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Since I don't have a lightbox, I just did a rough faux calligraphy version over the sketch with a felt tip pen so that I could trace it onto other paper.

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From there, I traced it onto the paper, and went over it in ink.

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I did two variations of both the dot of the "i" and the exclamation point.

It took me a while to get it digitized, because some of what I was doing didn't really match up with Molly's example-- for instance, my letters were a bit grainy after the curves step. However, after messing around with it a lot, I finally ended up with a vector I liked! I made it white and threw it on top of a watercolor doodle I'd done earlier, and that's it!

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It's far from perfect, and in all likelihood it's something I'll return to and tweak later, but for now I'm content with it!

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