When I read Jane Eyre for a university class, I was already in love with it. I’d read it myself in high school, and I enjoyed the story. At university, we delighted in analyzing Jane’s character and discussing, in particular, whether Jane Eyre is a feminist novel or not. The conclusion: for Victorian times, Jane was a trailblazer! In contemporary culture — well, maybe not so much. But, the novel has some concepts that continue to stick with me. One of those concepts is to be true to yourself, thus the line featured in today’s calligraphy quote worksheet.
To me, mail art is the perfect project for a few reasons. First, an envelope is only so big, so decorating it usually doesn’t take up much time. I love that there are loose parameters to follow like the address format/stamp location, and that you can let loose within those parameters! Most of all, I enjoy making something pretty for someone else. Today, I’m sharing four mail art envelopes that I made this week while waiting for the arrival of our baby #2. She could come at any time, so I embraced these envelopes as bite-sized projects to help me “mellow out” and relax. I hope that seeing them will inspire you to dive into making some mail art, too!
For many of us, variety is the secret to sticking with a hobby or a habit. Pointed pen calligraphy is no exception: it’s important to keep things fresh in order to stay interested! That’s why I love taking my pointed pen practice beyond the alphabet. Today, I’ve got a fantastic limited edition worksheet that will encourage you to do the same. In it, you’ll learn how to create four flourished woodland creatures.
Calligraphy is all about spacing, which can be frustrating because there’s no set spacing formula. Sometimes, you’ll get done with a piece only to realize that there’s something “off” about how the letters are spaced … they might be too squished in one place and too wide in another. Spacing is something that only improves with practice, and today’s free Calligraphy Dot Drills Printable Worksheet helps to provide that practice in a fun and challenging way.
I’ve never been a math person, so my 2014 purchase of a parallel glider wasn’t exactly exciting. To me, the contraption had way too many numbers written on it — seemingly arbitrarily. When I went to draw guidelines for calligraphy, though, it was love at first gloriously parallel roll! Making guidelines suddenly wasn’t a tiresome and tedious task, and slant lines could be whipped up in a few quick swipes. Seven years later, I still use the same parallel glider regularly. Today, we’ll talk about how a parallel glider can make lettering life easier for you.
I love to give DIY Christmas gifts because, to me, a handmade gift means more than something that’s store-bought. Most of the best handmade gifts do take a while to make, but that’s why I’m writing this post a month before Christmas! Hopefully, you’ll find something on this list that sparks inspiration, gets you creating, and leads to a very pleased gift recipient.