One of my creative loves in life is doing lettering, calligraphy and fun styles of writing and so this year I decided that I was going to do more of it which is why I purchased from America, this book of Heidi Swapps called 'Love Your Handwriting'. I got it from Abe Books for something like £5 including postage so was delighted when I got it to see how good it was. I've always loved the way Heidi Swapp writes and was interested to know something about her style.
The book came as a set with a step-by-step guide, a workbook, a ruler, Zig Millenium Pen, a technical pencil and a rubber. I've decided I may as well just work through all the exercises as they are pretty short and this was my exercise 3:
Writing in different sizes, different styles, with different pens.
The book I've been refering to is this one:
which may be a few years old (?) but it had an original price of $29.95 so I was dead chuffed.
I know I don't need to learn how to letter really, but its such fun and I really enjoyed doing the exercises shown above.
Onto the Creative Jumpstart course and I am having to miss the odd lesson out as I don't have all the materials but it's not a problem, there are enough I can do.
This one was another of Natalie Kalbach's.
It was to make a fun journal background. We gessoed our page up first, then put down a first colour of paint. In my case it was red. We then splashed water on the paper and dried the paint around the wet dots. Next we dried the wet splashy bits off with a paper towel and where the wet drips had been, it remained white:
Then we painted a layer of blue on top and splashed that. We dried it off like before, as in the paint around the wet drips was dried with a heat gun.
After towel drying, you get spots from both layers coming through and in some cases, where the drips overlapped the previous ones, you got white too:
I have always loved the effect of glaze pens on dark paper so decided to write some journalling about today's weather with a few of my neon Sakura glaze pens:
.. and today was a perfect day for staying indoors and crafting!
Thanks for looking and for any comments,