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Happy Fri-Yay Brush Lettering Demo

I have been meaning to video myself doing a simple brush lettering to encourage everyone out there who wants to get their hands on lettering, whether for professional means or just to get those creative juice cranking.

I love whimsical stuff. I usually just letter away without putting much emphasis on the “rules” and the anatomy of a typography and the letters. If I do that, I will never be able to do something as free as I want. Although, it pays to know the basics of lettering and typography, and it is also best to know their anatomy so you will understand the different types and styles in letters.

I always draft my lettering. I am not as good as the others out there who can just letter away even without a draft or sketch of what they will hand letter. It is something I want to learn too but for now, I enjoy sketching on a light coloured pencil so I can erase later on. Sometimes, I just leave the marks there when they are not very visible.

So, here is a brief demo of my brush lettering. I decided to write “Happy Fri-Yay” for Happy Friday. I have been sick for a while and the weekend is all I have been longing for, and of course, some therapeutic time with my crafts. I already sped up the video but it took me around 2 minutes to finish the lettering.

What you need:

  • A smooth paper or pad (to protect your brush pens, to prevent “ink” bleeding, and for a smoother flow of the pen’s movement) I recommend Rhodia brand for your paper or pads. It has very smooth surface.
  • Tombow Dual Brush pens or any brush pen (I prefer this brand and the Kuretake Fude pens)
  • A flat surface where you can set your pad and write on (I sometimes use my laptop as a leverage. I know, that’s bad but I am comfortable with the added height it provides, but don’t follow me on this one hahaha)

Enjoy!


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June 10, 2017
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My First Attempt To Digitalize My Brush Lettering Art

I must have read tons and tons of resources for how to digitalize your art or hand lettering. I even subscribed to a lot of YouTube channels for the tutorials. The information out there is overwhelming and they seem to look very easy until you try it hands on.

Well, it took me several hours to complete the process few weeks ago. It is a rough digital attempt but I am happy of the outcome. I know there are still plenty of rooms for improvement but they say, you wouldn’t really know something and wouldn’t get accustomed until you do it. More practice and more watching of tutorials to get the tips and tricks and apply them all later on.

This is the brush lettering on my pad.

 

After digitalizing it using Adobe Illustrator

 

 

I just added the flourishes for effect.

 

I got the quote from the internet. I love it a lot because I know a lot of “gits” around who could use some manners. This is for them, a constant reminder to be respectful.

Well, I am still happy with how the outcome looked like. I even felt I didn’t follow the process correctly. The process is still a bit complex but with more practice, I am pretty sure I will be able to make more of these in the future that I can offer for free download or even sell on my future creative studio. Wish me luck!

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June 2, 2017
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My Christmas Wishlist for 2016

I always have a secret wishlist every Christmas, year after year. I never really tell anyone about them until now. I felt, I had to let them out and send them to the universe! Maybe Santa Claus or a generous sponsor will anonymously present me with any of the items I need (or maybe all! hahahaha!).

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(Artwork by ©Ria Cervantes/themommalogues.com)

Items:

  • iPad Pro
  • Apple pen
  • iMac
  • Calligraphy pen set
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens

 

I need all of them actually for my “biz plan.” I have been diligently practising on my craft, learning online, reading books, and practising some more. I need to hone my skills in hand lettering, sketching, doodling, and watercolour art.

I want to be able to put up an e-commerce business by 2018-2019, before I retire from the corporate world. I want to be my own boss. I want to open up jobs for others and I want to work from home. And as early as now, I am paving my way to get there. It’s not easy but every victory is shrouded with thorns, right?

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And this will be my home office! 🙂 (Photo credit: tifaq.com)

So yes, I need them. They are not “want” but “need.” Good luck to me!

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October 14, 2016
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Free Downloadable Crafts And Earn From CraftsUPrint

I love arts and crafts! And if  you’re like me who loves arts and crafts but don’t want to spend much on the resources and supplies (let’s admit it crafters, the supplies aren’t cheap!) then you’re in for a wonderful surprise!!!

CrafsUPrint.com is a site that I frequent to when I want to download some resources I can use for my card making and other crafts. The good thing about this site is that, all you download are legal and free to use for your projects and crafts. Aside from card making stuff they give out for free, you can also download for your papier mache or other handicrafts.


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Another good thing about CraftsUPrint is that if you have crafts you want to sell, you can do so for FREE!  And you get to keep 100% of the sales. Need I say more?

For budding artists of designers who wants to earn extra cash, you can use my referral code:

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So, what are you waiting for? Click on the banner above if you want to start downloading crafty resources for your projects or sign up if you want to be a team designer for CraftsUPrint.

 

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October 8, 2016
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Watercolour Art To Destress

I have always been inclined to arts. It’s probably a gene thing because my dear Aunt Raquel (RIP Auntie) was blessed with good eyes for beauty and graceful and skillful hands creating nice handmade crafts. She was also very good in hand lettering, actually most of my mum’s siblings were good in hand lettering. My dad was too. So, I think I got it from them.

I tried my hands in sports. It wasn’t for me. I didn’t have the arms and legs coordination. When it comes to arts and crafts, I am in one with it and everything just coordinates and falls into the right places.

I have been doing watercolour art aside from brush and hand lettering of lately. I am so obsessed with it. I find myself in that direction where I can turn my passion into my other income. Well, it’s always my dream to open up a creative studio where I can turn my creativity into $$$. LOL! Well, not exactly but yes, I want to earn on the side too.

I have plenty of inspirations lately. I just don’t have the techniques to apply and use when doing my watercolour art. I feel I need to practise more. But even if I have to, I am enjoying it and I get so calm when I am holding my watercolour pad and brushes.

I need more honing of skills though. I still feel I can do better but when I am into my arts, I am just in bliss!

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July 16, 2016
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My Love For Arts And Crafts

I always tell myself that I am in the wrong profession. I should have been an arts teacher or an illustrator or graphic designer or anything that will involve colours, arts, crafts and anything in between. I have dabbled in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember. But it is only now that I am really taking it seriously. I am not sure what brought about it but I just noticed that when Millie and my mom passed away, I have this void I have to fill. And it’s with arts and craft where I can feel full and at peace.

I have been doing a lot of artsy things in my part time lately. I have been brushing up on watercolour techniques, practising on my hand lettering, reading books on graphic design, and teaching myself Photoshop and Illustrator. There’s a lot in my plate right now but mind you, these things make me happy.

I keep telling my hubby that I am happier at home than at work. I feel my peace when I look at my watercolours, colourful pens, beautiful patterned papers and books. Just being at home gives me that calm feeling that I don’t feel at work.

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(I have started reading books pertaining to what I want to do after I retire from the corporate world. And that will be in the near future, maximum 2020. If I extend, then that means, I needed more funds but once I decide I have had it, then it will be around 2020, before I turn 50. I have lots of learning to do. So, this July, I will embark on my Advance Graphic Design course online. It’s going to be almost 3 months of online study so, I hope I really learn a lot and pick up lots of techniques while I figure out what to do.)

 

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(This is my brush lettering using Kuretake Wink of Stella brush pen. I love how smooth it writes with small speck of fairy glitters. 🙂 I am also learning how to do modern calligraphy though I am not 100% into it. I just want to be able to do hand lettering well so when I create my own creative studio, I won’t rely on other talents’ skills to be able to create my own fonts, graphics, illustrations, designs, etc.)

 

Well, it’s just few years to go and hopefully, all my dreams will come true by 2020. I don’t intend to stay long in the corporate scene. My mind and heart tells me to pursue my passion. So, my business endeavours will most likely be related to what I love to do best – arts!

Some of my watercolour drawings:

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This is a tribute to my mom. It’s how I saw her in my dreams lately. I still have a lot of techniques to learn in drawing and watercolour art. I don’t know how to draw using perspective, lights, shadowing, profiles. All I know is I can draw what I see in a “flat” manner. I would be happy to learn how to add dimension to my drawings and colourings.

Photo not mine

Photo not mine

Is there a passion that you love to do? What is it? Are you already earning from your passion? Please share and I will be happy to learn from your journey to achieve your goals.

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June 10, 2016
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My Handmade Photo Booth Props

We planned for a grand debut for our daughter but ended up having a simple, yet fun and truly close-knit celebration of her 18th birthday last February. My hubby and I decided, upon the wish of our celebrant, to follow what she wanted but include small things to make the celebration extra special and memorable. And what better way to capture those happy faces and memories was to install a photo booth in the corner. And we know how Filipinos love posing for selfies or in front of the camera.

We found a decent priced photo booth operator. I cannot share the details here because I didn’t book them. Anyway, I love crafts and I enjoy making my own stuff so I added my own props using what leftovers I have from my card making days.

I took templates from the internet and mind you, the web is teeming with freebies. You can download or print if you want. I have a paper cutting machine so I had a nice, precise cut on the shapes that I love.

What you need:

Cutting files if you are using electronic paper cutting machine
Long barbecue skewer or stick as handle
Coloured and even pattered cardstock
Printer if you want to print and cut
Scissors if you are going to cut by hand
Glue (I used  Scotch Tape Multi Purpose Adhesive Spray)
Some spare ribbons or fabric for added embellishments
Some flat-back gems for blings
Some buttons for added embellishments

Samples of my DIY photo booth props

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Here are my models (nephews and nieces who happily tried my photo booth props) and the props I have made. I will be putting the links of the resources so you can download them for free. Please give credit to the designers when you download their templates.

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Free downloadable templates:

From Kensie Kate

From Something Turquoise 

 

And if want to buy the cutting files if you have a paper cutting machine like Silhouette or Cricut,  you can buy from Designs on Cloud 9

 

Of course, there are more sites that offer free printable and downloadable files for your photo booth props. Some are also giving our free cutting files for your type of paper cutting machine. So, feel free to use their resources.

 

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April 22, 2016
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