Every time you pick up your dip pen and write, you’re getting in some calligraphy practice. For your first few calligraphy sessions, that practice should be structured — ideally with a worksheet or a video course so you can learn the basics. But once you understand how to hold your pen and (mostly) regulate ink flow, it’s time to take on projects! Today, I’ve got several suggestions for real life projects that you can use your calligraphy skills to make.
I love this birthday card tutorial for a few reasons! First of all, it features a foolproof hand lettering technique that you can apply to other projects. Second, its starry motif and subdued color scheme is distinctly 1980’s vintage — but in a cool, tasteful way! Finally, the birthday card really is simple to make, and anyone can do it. If you have a few spare moments this weekend, give it a go!
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I love art deco everything — dishes, decor, invitations, patterns — you name it! Being an art student and a recurrent reader of The Great Gatsby, I’ve been in love with the Roaring 20’s for quite some time. There’s just something alluring about the gold decor, lavish parties, and flamboyant jazz of the Gatsby era that I felt the need to encapsulate in a project.
I used to snub printables because “back in the day”, you could always tell when something was printed on a home printer. Telltale ink streaks, flimsy paper, and lackluster colors always gave it away! Now, though, printers have come a long way. Not only are they cheap, but many produce high-quality pieces.
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It seems that commercial birthday cards tend to fall into one of three categories: too feminine, too goofy, or too somber. Sure, buying pre-made birthday cards saves time. However, if you make one yourself, you can control the “feel” of the card and work on your art and lettering skills! In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a festive hot air balloon-themed birthday card and a corresponding envelope.
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