Posts Tagged ‘calligraphy’

Embossing Hand-Lettering & Calligraphy

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Close To My Heart sent me a sweet care package of embossing goodies to try with calligraphy. I’ve had a blast ever since they showed up on my doorstep! It’s been so fun to make cards and address envelopes with my new gadgets. And now I want every color under the sun to use for embossing! The raised texture is fantastic. And I’ve been able to get reliable results time after time with my pointed pen and my pointed brushes. It’s definitely a worth-while investment. 

Materials used: 
Gillott 404 Nib 
Oblique Holder 
Strathmore Bristol Paper
Size 2 Liner Brush
CTMH Embossing Powder
CTMH Heat Tool
CTMH Watercolors
Glycerine

I found that the Versamark liquid (for refilling stamp pads) was too sticky to use as ink, so I opted for glycerine. I’m glad I was able to find a suitable substitute as the glycerine doesn’t gum up my nibs or brushes. That said, I do like to use my cheaper nibs and brushes for this particular activity. I don’t want to be destroying my sable hair brushes in the process! 

Check out the video or read through the post details to find out how to emboss your own lettering!

 

  1. Dilute 1 part glycerine and 1 part water to make your ink. It helps to use a pipette to dilute with water so you have good control. 
  2. Pen or brush your words/phrase/name on the paper. Use a nice quality paper so the glycerine doesn’t bleed. Before lettering, make sure to scrape or drip off excess “ink” so you’re not laying down too much glycerine. It can affect how the embossing happens. 
  3. Place your paper over a scrap sheet, I like using a thin sheet of paper so that I can easily clean up excess embossing powder. 
  4. Pour a generous amount of embossing powder over your design. Tap excess off the paper onto the scrap sheet. Set project aside and funnel excess powder back into the embossing powder jar. 
  5. Heat your design with a heat tool. Keep the tool 2-4 inches away from  your work and move the tool as the powder melts. 
  6. Optional: Add a watercolor wash over your work. 
  7. For best results, the watercolor wash should happen after. The watercolor resists the embossed work, so no need to do it prior. If you do happen to do it beforehand, you may find the glycerine bleeds over the wash and your lines will get fuzzy. 

Products from Close To My Heart (CTMH) were provided for this video. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The affiliate links used help support this blog and the tools used for making more tutorials, reviews and content. Thanks for your support!

2017 Mother’s Day Card Freebie

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Mother’s day is basically here! Today is a great day to send a note in the mail to the women in your life who have been there to guide you through life. I feel so grateful to have both a fantastic mother and mother-in-law. I’ve been privileged to have been surrounded by hard-working, strong, amazing women. It’s about time that I let them know I’m grateful for them. 

Download the printable file and print! The file fits 2 cards on a page, so send more than one note out today! 

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Click the image above for a high-res sharable version to post on Instagram. Be sure to tag @melissapher when you post. Thank you!

*By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

Baby Calligraphy

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Some time ago, a calligraphy friend of mine had a sweet baby girl, so a bunch of us sent her artwork of her daughter’s name. I’m so happy with how my contribution turned out. 

I went with an upright, modern style with a meandering baseline. I loved adding florals as decor on there, florals I learned from the one and only Heather Held

Materials used: 

Creative things like this where I’m let loose to my own devices is so freeing. It was fun to go to town on this little piece. 

Lately I’ve been telling a lot of people how calligraphy is the perfect creative outlet. It truly is! It’s mobile, you can do it anywhere, you can start with even the simplest of supplies and it’s something that doesn’t require an artistic bone in your body. Because letters and rules are involved, it’s a fantastic left-brained art activity. It’s so meditative and calming for me. When life gets chaotic (which it is that almost entirely right now), I can pop into my studio, or pull out paper while my kids are drawing and draw letters alongside them. It’s so fantastic. 

If you’d like to learn how, definitely check out my online class at Calligraphy.org. It includes great content and personal coaching, so if something goes wrong, you’ve got someone to help you troubleshoot. I’m also available for in-person workshops and private classes. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions! 

2017 Easter Printable #PRINCEofPEACE

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I’m a Christian, Celebrating Easter for me has become more and more about celebrating the life-teachings of Christ, with the added bonus of jelly beans.

I couldn’t let Easter pass by without making something for the season! I’ve been reflecting on the life of Christ and this scripture kept coming to me over and over again. So I put pen to paper (actual Apple Pencil to iPad) and made it happen. 

I’ve formatted the printable quote to 8×10. I do hope you enjoy and remember Christ this Easter! He is our key to peace. I’m loving the focus on Christ with 8 principles of peace over on Mormon.org

I do hope you take the time to print it out and display it somewhere. If you print it out, please leave a comment here or tag me @melissapher on instagram so I can see where you’ve displayed your scripture! 

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Want more Easter goodies? Some are more a-religious than others. Check them out below. 

2016 Easter Basket Tag • 2016 Easter Box • 2016 Easter Scripture •2014 Easter Banner2011 Easter Box • 2010 Easter Box

*By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

Winter Wedding Invitations

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I had the joy to design invitations for a friend of mine and her now husband. When I asked her what she wanted, she basically said, she wanted reds and winter greens. She left me to figure out the rest. I love getting let loose on designs. It’s fun. :) 

I lettered the names and painted the foliage, then scanned and designed. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to budget for these invitations so I kept them simple. I wanted something a little more visually impactful than center-justified text, so I designed the text on a slant. 

If I had had more time, I think I would have refined things just a little bit more, but I’m happy with the end result. Happy enough to post them here, right? ;)

I enjoyed adding more dimension to the art by including watercolor details to the artwork. I used techniques from a watercolor class I took from Natalie Malan in the fall. We’re going to be team-teaching a workshop! Learn calligraphy and watercolor on March 4th! Register here. Looking for more workshops? See the 2017 schedule for updates. 

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