The Art of Writing

My aunt is a retired elementary teacher and she has beautiful penmanship.  She told me that back then she would know a pupil’s grade 2 teacher by the penmanship. It was in Grade 2 when students were taught cursive writing.  I don’t know if there are still handwriting classes in grade school especially with the existence of mobile phones and computers.  I am still lucky because I was able to enjoy the analog world. We used to write notes instead of texting.  These are my friends notes for me in college. They left me written messages in my table in the dormitory when I am not around.  Priceless!

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It has been years since I have actually written a letter and gone to the post office to mail them so I welcomed Fozzy‘s invitation to write her a love letter.

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Well, I poured my heart out like a giddy fan! It was written in my regular pensmanship on a card I made myself. I painted watercolor flowers.

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I got my reply back and I also got another letter from a friend. Sweet!

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I finally bought myself a calligraphy kit for beginners from The Craft Central.

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I tried writing using the calligraphy oblique holder with NikkoG nib. I need more practice.

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Have you mailed a handwritten letter lately?

Happy Valentine’s Day: #10daysofcrushing

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have combined my love for food, photography and lettering in this photo. My next post will be about that popsicle in the photo.  I did  the lettering  on paper, took a picture and did some tweaks on Photoshop.

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On Instagram, Fozzy started the hashtag #10daysofcrushing. If you join, you post a line from a song or a quote for your crush once a day for ten days.  Although I do not have a crush, I wanted to join to practice lettering, typography and calligraphy.  On the first day, I already listed  the lines from the song. There is nothing romantic about the process but it did bring me back to those kilig (rough translation: giddy, smitten) moments  when I had a crush on someone.

Before I even knew Fozzy’s #10daysofcrushing, I already posted this one on Facebook because I kept singing Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud in my head.  I posted this on Instagram a little later.

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Since I only own a 0.04 mm technical pen, I thought about just sketching the next song line. I have always loved melody of this song. It makes me happy. 

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Since I also see a lot of watercolor calligraphy, I wanted to try, too. My strokes are a little shaky.

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I love this song from the movie, “Anastasia”. My friend, Erns, introduced us to this song. For me, this talks about friendship more than romantic love because it was the theme song I used for the photo montage in one trip with friends.

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I found  sample sketches of flowers as embellishments to graphics. I wanted practice so this is the output.

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I wanted variations in the style I post everyday so I came up with this design.  The dried rose is just an added touch.

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While rummaging though my drawer, I found a purple pen so I wanted to use it this time.

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Finally, I got my brush pen from Daiso but I think I incorrectly inserted the ink. I might use up all the ink soon.  Uh-oh.

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I  am still in the process of learning how to do good calligraphy.  It is fun to combine it with regular handwriting.

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I ended the exercise with my own handwriting. This is my penmanship when I try so hard to make it nice.  hehe

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I suddenly thought of writing all those lines into one poem.

That maybe we found love right where we are
And I’m sailing through the sea to an island where we’ll meet
We can be them two birds of a feather that flock together
Unexpected, what you did to my heart
Though you never knew it was of you I’ve been dreaming
Who knows how long I’ve loved you, you know I love you still
Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be
And who knows I might feel better if I don’t try and I don’t hope
And I know it’s only in my mind that I’m talking to myself and not to him
A totally amazing mind, so understanding and so kind.
You’re everything to me.

It does not make sense!

Hope your Valentine’s day does.

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Priscilla flipped around the lines to add sense to the  entire “poem”. Pretty cool!

Lately, I’ve been, I’ve been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be
We can be them two birds of a feather that flock together
And I’m sailing through the sea to an island where we’ll meet

Though you never knew it was of you I’ve been dreaming
And I know it’s only in my mind that I’m talking to myself and not to him

That maybe we found love right where we are
Unexpected, what you did to my heart

And who knows I might feel better if I don’t try and I don’t hope
Who knows how long I’ve loved you, you know I love you still

A totally amazing mind, so understanding and so kind.
You’re everything to me.

Thanks, Priscilla!

 

 

 

 

New Hobby: Lettering and Calligraphy

If you happen to read my list of 25 things I plan to do in 2015, you know that 3rd on the list is to learn lettering and calligraphy. I had to start somewhere. I have a calligraphy pen staring at me, waiting for me to do something creative. I started practicing but I was an impatient creature. So I googled and googled on different styles which led me to Abbey Sy, a letterer extraordinaire.  I figured that I would just practice freestyle lettering since I still do not own the type of calligraphy tool that can give the kind of beautiful calligraphy I wanted. (Yes, excuses, excuses.)

I found an opportunity to experiment with my greetings for my cousin, Ghia.  By the way, Ghia is an excellent instagrammer that the Columbus Museum of Art included one of her photos in an exhibit there.

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I found another opportunity to explore the art of lettering when Fozzy Dayrit, my calligraphy idol, started #10daysofcrushing.  You need to post on instagram lines for songs  or quotes that you would dedicate to a crush. It is easier to practice with the lines from the songs since you do not have to think of cool words to practice on.  I started with this one.

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On the second day, I want to use a different style to the lines. I came up with this one.

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I got a lot of ribbing from my friends for the “in love”  quotes.  Yes, I am in love…. with lettering!

I thought of using watercolor so this happened.

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And to avoid the teasing and still enjoy lettering, I made one with one of my favorite bible verses.

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You can see that I am really enjoying this. These are more of the #10daysofcrushing I did.

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I did a lot of practice and planning to come up with the ‘designs’.

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There is so much to learn. I am just trying to wing this one. I get ideas from Google, Instagram and Pinterest.  My friend also recommended a classic calligraphy book and I still need to look for a copy.  Calligraphy is a little technical.  There are measurements  and consistency of  strokes to look out for. Lettering is a bit more  flexible but I noticed that the output is cleaner and impressive when one incorporates the techniques of calligraphy into lettering.

I am off to do more!  The #10daysofcrushing is not yet done. For more lettering, follow me on Instagram.

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