Tag: calligraphy

My Happy Book

My Happy Book

One thing I love about Bullet Journaling is that it can be whatever I want it to be.

In my yellow Happy Book, I keep things that make me happy.

First of all, I keep my school-stuff (learning about photography makes me happy).

Then I put in quotes, doodle, and sketches that I just want to make for fun. It’s a place for all things creative and happy!

What will I put in tomorrow? 

I don’t know yet. Whatever makes me happy!

 

Create something every day

Create something every day

Yesterday, I had a short workshop in the Family Corner at Falsterbo Horse Show on how to draw animals. My audience, two girls, asked me the best way to improve. My answer is simple: practice! And not only what you already know, new things that you haven’t tried before! Create something new every day. Big or small. With whatever tools you like.

I tend to use my camera, or just doodle something, and to help myself think in new ways I joined the Boho Berry Challenge this month. I have already shown some of my work on Instagram and FB, but wanted to just give an idea of how my mind works and how I thought about some of the challenges so far:

It would be easy to show a selection of the tools I use, pens, colors, stickers, and so on. But as I thought about it, I realized that this is the real truth.
I love ferns, I love green, I love patterns, and I love simplicity.
These two figures came to me last year, and they are supposed to be me and Midori. I really like them, they are easy to draw and to give different expressions. My style.
I thought about picking some flowers and glue on to the “nature” page, but I don’t do that normally. So I drew some of my favorite shapes instead: Poppy, butterfly and some kind of seed (maybe barley?) I actually love the whale. Something blue immediately got my mind into the water, and to me, blue symbolizes freedom and loneliness as well.
I’ve moved almost all my watercolors to my new house but had two small sets left. I love to use watercolor!
And some of my handwriting. Read the quote. Think about it.

Now go out, and create something today!

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

The two people chosen by Midori as winners are:

Jessica Adamsson and Sara Malmqvist! CONGRATULATIONS!

(I put all the names on different notes, put the notes on the floor, and Midori pointed out two notes to me.)

The winners should receive their packages next week 🙂

And now for something completely different!

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to know, but a few days ago I discovered Skillshare. And it’s amazing! I get to learn doodles, lettering, Instagram, photography, watercolour, and just about everything else you can imagine, in short, simple video lessons.

With a few tips and pointers from Peggy Dean at The pigeon letters, and Yasmina at YasminaCreates, I created this: brush lettering, doodles, and a nice flat lay photo. You will see changes in my Instagram…To the better!

And as I always want to share stuff I love, here are two month’s Skillshare for free!

I hope you will enjoy learning new things as much as I do 🙂

Thank you!

Thank you!

In my latest newsletter, I had a small survey. I have gotten a lot of replies, and I just want to THANK YOU all! You have sent me a lot of love and appreciation, and it has really made my whole week 🙂 I feel the love!

When you participated you also got the chance to win one of two prizes, and I will randomly choose the two winners on Friday and announce them here (and of course directly to the winners)!

Short post today, but I have a lot of stuff going on that just needs to fall into place…a little while longer…Spend some quality time with your dog while you wait! 😉

 

 

My love for fountain pens

My love for fountain pens

I have always been interested in writing, calligraphy, and fountain pens. I remember when a was about ten years old and got a fountain pen with three different nibs and four colours ink for my birthday. The joy! Then I splashed ink everywhere and couldn’t get the hang of calligraphy, and then the pen broke down (buy cheap get cheap). But my fascination was still there! I got a bit burned though and didn’t get another one.

Until a month ago. I was in my favourite store, Lexi paper in Lund, and looked at the Midori Travellers notebook that I was going to buy.  My eyes fell on a display of beautiful pens. “Lamy”. Not very expensive. I tried to write with one. Oh, smooth! It felt really good in my hand. And the colours…

After that, I was an easy victim for the nice woman behind the counter. “I have three of those, in different colours. Have you seen the beautiful ink? What nib do you prefer?”

The text is my list for a photo-viewing with a client. I make lists of everything. It helps me think.

I got a 1mm calligraphy nib because I love the subtle calligraphy-effect. It’s not much, but it’s there. And emerald-green ink (not the one in the photos), in cartridges to keep it simple.

Last week I had finished my first cartridge of ink, and I loooove the pen! The shades of the ink, the feel, the texture. It looks so vivid! And it’s very nice to write with, no cramp in my fingers, no stiffness! So I got back to the store, bought a converter that makes it possible to use any ink, and started the search for The Perfect Ink. I like green, but the emerald green I started with felt a bit sharp.

After flipping through a booklet of 50 different kinds of ink, I settled for Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo. A dark teal, absolutely beautiful.

The screen doesn’t make it justice, but it’s about the same colour as the pen itself. I also got an aubergine tone that I haven’t tried yet.

Knowing myself it’s just a matter of time before I get my second fountain pen. But I want to find The Perfect Pen before I order (and I probably will have to order, I haven’t found the ones I like in a store yet), and those things take time! The ones I’m looking at are not cheap, so I want to be sure.

As for using the converter: so much easier than I thought! And this time I don’t have ink anywhere but on the paper, and I do know how to write “every-day-calligraphy” when I want to 🙂

I get the best result in my Leuchtturm1917 or my Midori, in my Nuuna the ink seems a little bit darker and feathers just a little (but it still looks nice!). That makes sense, the coated paper in LT and Midori is made for fountain pens. The paper in Nuuna is thicker but not coated, and that makes the result a bit different.

And while I’m deciding on The Perfect Pen, I think I’ll get a fine nib for my Lamy, just to see the difference. Soon I will have three nibs and four colours ink, just as when I was a child…