Hand Lettering: Water Brush 103

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been quite some time since I posted an article in this series.  I didn’t forget about my Water Brush series, I just switched platforms and forgot to tell you all!  I apologize for that! 🙁

Several weeks ago, I switched this series over to my Instagram Stories.  Every Wednesday, I post 5ish lettering videos of my water brush practice on my Story for my followers to enjoy!

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Two weeks ago, I finished the lowercase alphabet.

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Last week, I started working on numbers and will finish up numbers 5-9 on my Instagram Stories tomorrow afternoon.

Once I finish working on numbers, I’m going to move on to uppercase letters.  After that, I’ll move on to practicing full words!

Follow me on Instagram so you never miss a minute of my lettering journey!

You can follow me on Instagram @pinkbowstwinkletoes 🙂

I’ve been having a great deal of fun recording these videos and hope you all enjoy them too!

Happy Lettering!

<3 Natalie

 

 

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Hand Lettering: Water Brush 102

Hello everyone!

I’ve made a tiny bit of progress since my last water brush lettering post!

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I’ve moved on from the basic strokes to some lowercase letters.

I’m using the Brush Letter Practice Guide from @randomolive.  Her guides are helping me to perfect my letter forms with the water brush!

The Brush Letter Practice Guide comes with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and more!  It’ll take me a month or two to complete the guide, but I’m excited for all my progress along the way!

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I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to get a smaller water brush!  I was able to get my hands on one and made this little comparison sheet for you.

The top, blue strokes are from the new, small brush, and the lower, green strokes are from my original, medium brush.

The difference between the two is slight, but I think it’s making a big difference for me.  I much prefer the smaller brush! 🙂

Here are a few action shots for you!

For some reason, I prefer lowercase to uppercase when I’m lettering.  I don’t know why, but I do!

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I practiced the first five letters of the alphabet.  I’m going to tackle the rest of the alphabet next!  Then I will move on to those pesky, capital letters! 🙂

I’ll be back soon with another water brush update!

Happy lettering! 🙂

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Hand Lettering: Water Brush 101

Hello everyone!

I have an exciting announcement to share with you all!  Those that follow me on Instagram have probably already heard, but for those who haven’t, I’m happy to share with you that I was chosen to be a brush lettering tutor on the Random Olive Tutor Team!

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You can read more about the Tutor Team and the other awesome tutors by clicking here.

Olivia from Random Olive is a fantastic letterer that I discovered on Instagram many months ago.  She does a lot with watercolor and water brush lettering!  I’ve been using brush pens for over a year now and after being chosen for her Tutor Team, I have decided to give water brush lettering a try!

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I’m starting my water brush lettering journey with a few basic supplies:

The Brush Letter Guide I linked above is quite large!  I only printed off the first ten pages or so to start.

I mainly focused on the basic strokes (down stroke, up stroke, and combinations of the two) during my first practice session.

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I started with the basic down stroke page.

Using a water brush is completely different than using a brush pen, so while this exercise may look super easy, it’s actually a tad difficult!

As you can see, I had trouble with consistentcy! That’s something that can be fixed with practice though!

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Here is some of my “U” practice.

It’ll take me a while to get used to all the moving bristles of a water brush!

Pentel makes their Aquash pens in several different sizes.  I bought a medium tip because that is all they had at Michaels.  After this first round of practice, I have decided that a small tipped brush may be easier for me and produce better lettering!

I’ve found the small brush on Amazon and will be purchasing it very soon!

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In the meantime, here is a photo of my first attempt at letters.

As you can see, the medium brush (or maybe it’s just me!) makes the letters rather chunky looking!  I think with a smaller brush, I will be able to produce better letters.

I’ll be back again soon with more water brush lettering updates!  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for more lettering fun! 🙂

Happy Lettering!

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DIY Brush Calligraphy Gift Tags

Hi everyone!

I have a super quick and easy Christmas (or any holiday) craft for you!

I was wrapping some Christmas presents in my college apartment a few days ago when I realized that I didn’t have any gift tags! Uh oh!  I quickly realized that I could easily make some tags out of sticker paper and brush pens!

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Supplies:

  • Avery sticker paper
  • Colored pens or markers
  • Scissors

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I’ll be using Tombow Dual Brush Pens but Crayola markers will work as well!

Green: 277

Red: 847

There are only three steps to this little craft.

  1. Write/Draw your desired names
  2. Cut out the names
  3. Stick them on your packages

Here’s a video of me demonstrating my brush lettering technique.

To achieve lettering like mine, all you have to do is apply pressure on the down stroke and release the pressure on the up stroke.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  The steps are easy, but it takes a little bit of practice!  Definitely test out your writing on some printer paper before your start writing on the sticker paper!

For more tips, check out Pieces Calligraphy!  I follow her on Instagram, and she is fantastic!

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Here’s the name I wrote in the video above.

The sticker paper absorbs the ink a little differently than sketchbook paper, so some of the edges are a little choppy.  I like to go back and smooth out a few of the edges.

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Now we cut!

I like to cut in a wavy pattern and conform to the edges of the name.

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All of the tags I’ve made so far have been for girls, so I’ve dotted every “i” and “j” with a heart.  The hearts add even more cuteness to the tags!

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Time to peel and stick!

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I’ve been placing my tags on the backs of my packages, but they’d also look quite nice on the front!

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Here are the fronts of a few of my very pretty packages!

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A few more pretty tags!

I absolutely love how these gift tags turned out!

They were so quick to make and look fantastic!

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!

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My First Sewing Project – Roll Up Brush Organizer

Hi everyone!

I apologize for my absence over the last two weeks!  I’ve been ridiculously busy!  After this week things should slow down again!

I went home this past weekend and spent Saturday with my Mom learning how to sew on a machine.

As you know, I’ve been crafting all my life but machine sewing is not something I’ve ever really tried!  My mom and I figured that now was as good a time as any for me to learn!

My mom found a pattern on Pinterest that she thought I’d like, and we got started!

IMG_5969Here are my supplies.

I picked two complementary fabrics out at Jo-Ann’s.  The yellow looking one is actually a very pretty light cream with gold flecks!

IMG_5972We laid out the cutting board and all of our supplies on the dining room table.

IMG_5978I sewed the lining and outer fabric together with the tying ribbon and then folded part of it up to create a pocket for my brushes.

IMG_5985A little action shot for you!

Sewing the large pocket was pretty easy!  I had a ton of trouble when it came time to sew the individual brush pockets though!  The sewing machine wasn’t being very nice to me and kept jumbling up my thread at the beginning or end of almost every stitch!  The seam ripper and I became great friends during this portion of the project!

The sewing machine and I eventually got it figured out, and I was able to finish all the individual pockets several hours later!

IMG_6014Here’s my finished organizer!

IMG_6026I created several different sized pockets to accommodate the various sizes of my makeup brushes.

IMG_6032The pockets also fit my Tombow markers!

IMG_6022All rolled up with a pretty mint bow!  So cute!

I got quite frustrated during certain portions of this project, but I absolutely love how it turned out!

The colors and pattern are PERFECT!

Do you enjoy sewing?!

What was your first project?

Happy Crafting!!

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Brush Lettering: Practice Makes Perfect

Hi everyone!

I’ve been so busy these last few weeks that I haven’t had any time to blog! 🙁

Thankfully, my schedule is becoming way less hectic, so I will have a lot more time to blog now!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen my brush lettering hobby evolve. Today, I’ve decided to share my little, brush lettering journey from beginning to now!

IMG_1799It all started when I discovered some calligraphers on Instagram!  My favorites are amandaarneill and piecescalligraphy.

I started watching their short brush lettering videos over and over again!  My friends laughed at me for my little obsession but whatever!  Their videos are fascinating to watch!

I decided I was going to be a fantastic calligrapher and went on Amazon and bought some Tombow Dual Brush Pens!  The markers took so long to come in, I thought I was going to die! 🙂

IMG_4593Once I got my markers, I was shocked with how difficult lettering was.  The videos I watched made it look so easy!

Following my disappointment, I went online and looked up some lettering tips.  A lot of people said to practice writing the same letter over and over again, so that’s what I did!

I also messaged Amanda (amandaarneill) and asked for her advice.  She recommended Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe.  I found the book to be pretty helpful!

IMG_1831This is one of the first lettering photos I posted.  I thought it was pretty cute, but I knew I could do better!

IMG_1861This is another one of my early lettering posts.  I really struggled with making my upstrokes thinner than my downstrokes.

IMG_1911It was quite disheartening when I realized that I would have to really work at my lettering.  I have a lot of confidence in my crafting abilities and just assumed that I would immediately be fantastic at lettering.  I got a bit of a wake-up call!

IMG_2611Fortunately, things do get easier and I did get better with practice!

IMG_3277Think happy, Be happy and you will make progress! 🙂

IMG_4036This is my most recent lettering post, and you can really see my stroke variation! YAY!!! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!

IMG_4595I’ve taken to writing myself little reminders with my brush pens, so I can get a little extra practice during my everyday!

IMG_2442Like most crafts, I jumped into this one with both feet!

Within several weeks I had bought over 40 markers!

I don’t suggest everyone dive in and spend tons of money on a project you’re not sure you can actually do, but it seems to have worked out for me! 🙂

IMG_4590Here’s another recent one I’m gong to post on Instagram later today!

This little project really is proof that practice makes perfect!

Have you struggled with any crafts recently?!

Are you a fan of hand lettering?!

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Allure Sample Society Review – June 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review! IMG_2305Each box comes with a mini magazine filled with information on each product featured for the month. IMG_2297Box Contents:

  • Completely Bare – Wax Strips for Face, Bikini, and Body
  • E.L.F. Studio – Small Stipple Brush
  • eSalon – Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner
  • Cotz Face – Sunscreen SPF 40
  • St. Tropez – Self Tan Express
  • Lauren B. Beauty – Nail Couture

IMG_2321Completely Bare – Wax Strips for Face, Bikini, and Body

I love to try out different wax strips, so I was super excited when I saw this product in my box!

I’ve used other Completely Bare products in the past and have been very pleased with them.

These strips are great! I just wish they would’ve given me a few more!

IMG_2328E.L.F. Studio – Small Stipple Brush

I’ve been wanting to try a stippling brush for a while now, so I was (once again) super excited to see this in my box!

I’ve been using it to blend my blush and it’s been working great!

It’s much smaller than other stippling brushes I’ve seen, but I like the compact size!  It makes it even cuter!

IMG_2319eSalon – Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner

I’m a big believer in leave in conditioner, so this is great!

It smells fantastic and is for color treated hair! So perfect!

IMG_2317Cotz Face – Sunscreen SPF 40

I love the idea of a tinted sunscreen!

This product is just a little too oily for my liking!

The tint is perfect though!  It looks really dark at first but blends to the perfect neutral.

IMG_2325St. Tropez – Self Tan Express

I’ve heard great things about St. Tropez products!

I have very fair skin (some might say porcelain) and am not interested in tanning, so I will be giving this to my friend, Lindsey. She loves self tanner and is ecstatic to be getting some more!IMG_2312Lauren B. Beauty – Nail Couture – Polo Lounge Punch

Because I subscribe to Julep Maven, I don’t typically enjoy receiving nail polish in my other subscription boxes, but this polish is great!

The pinky berry color is beautiful, and I like the formula!

I posted an unboxing picture on Instagram the day I received my box, and Lauren B. Beauty actually commented on my post! How cool is that?! Pretty cool if you ask me!!

IMG_2335What do you think of the June Sample Society box?

Are you excited for the July box?! I sure am!

DIY Personalized, Polka Dot Canvas

Hi guys!

Several months ago, I made personalized canvases for both of my grandlittles! (I’m getting so old!)

Today, I’m going to show you how you can make one too! DSCN3603Supplies:

  • Canvas (I believe mine are 5″ by 7″)
  • Paint brushes (One big and one small)
  • Round, foam stamp brush
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Paint
  • Pencil

DSCN3614Here’s a close-up of the brushes I used. DSCN3608Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint:

  • Wedding Cake – High Gloss
  • Greek Tile – Satin
  • Gold – Metallic

I apologize for the blurry picture!

DSCN3064Start by painting your canvas(es).

I always like to give mine at least 2 or 3 coats of paint.

DSCN3069Use the foam stamp brush to add gold dots randomly on the canvas.

The stamp brush isn’t perfect.  It’s easier and will end up looking cleaner if you only use a small amount of paint on the stamp brush.  After stamping, you’ll have to fill in the circle with your small paint brush.

DSCN3078Now, add white dots on top.

Since we’ll be writing names in the middle of our canvases, try to avoid putting the dots there.

DSCN3086You’ll have to give the dots several coats of paint to make sure that they are opaque.

Only use the stamp brush for the initial dot.  Use your paint brush for the subsequent coats of paint.

DSCN3100Before writing the names on your canvas(es), practice on some paper!

DSCN3089First, I wrote the names in pencil.  Then, I traced them with the gold sharpie.

After writing the names, our project is complete!

DSCN3098So quick, so easy, and very Kate Spade! 😉

Happy Crafting!!

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