Monogramming adds a personal detail to any project: piped icing on cake designs, embroidered stitches on home decor, stamped initials on stationary, even custom details on quilt or sewing projects. And these days, you can pretty much design your monograms however you want. But if you want to keep things more traditional, there are a few monogram etiquette rules to consider following.
Unlike, say, baking a cake or knitting a sweater, writing is a type of creativity that truly demands something from nothing. It starts with your brain and a blank screen (or sheet of paper if you like to kick it old-school), and ends with... absolutely anything you can imagine. But no pressure.
The feeling of a carefree getaway can’t last forever, and before you know it you’ll be in the full swing of work, family, errands... life. But that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to those vacation vibes. Capture the essence of vacation in a mindfulness journal, and your writing can transport you back to your happy place whenever you need a pick-me-up. These four prompts will get you started.
Ah, the holidays, the most wonderful, insane-with-a-capital-I time of the year. This past season, a Google calendar, a bunch of apps and hastily scrawled Post-It notes kept me organized in theory, but, in practice, these tools just added to the info overload.
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Add a little pizzazz to your presents with handmade calligraphy gift tags. These pretty little tags start with a simple watercolor wash, and cute paper cutters give them a festive feel. Then, you can jazz up the finished tags with your favorite phrase written in pointed pen calligraphy.
Have you been diligently practicing your calligraphy strokes and letters, copying the exemplars exactly? Learning from the experts is fine, but at some point, you'll want to add a little more "you" into your calligraphy. Here are my tips on how to add that personal je-ne-sais-quoi to your calligraphy!
When you're starting out with calligraphy, you'll encounter a few somewhat uncommon tools — the pen and nib. The truth is, we don't regularly see people writing with true pen and ink, and that's why what seems to be a simple part of the calligraphy process can be befuddling!
Would you like to make your everyday handwriting more beautiful? A beautiful handwritten script can turn paper craft projects and artwork into meaningful, artistic messages. And making your day-to-day handwriting worthy of creative projects isn't as hard as it seems.
Eager to create your own elegant swirling scripts and pretty letters? This hand lettering technique — called pointed-pen calligraphy — requires only a few tools: paper, pen and ink.
When practicing calligraphy, it can be really frustrating if your pen is constantly running out of ink. If you need to load up your pen with ink after every stroke, it's time to rework how you dip your pen!