Recent Letter Art… PART TWO!

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Hello again!

I recently made a letter art post, though many more pictures have amassed in the good ole’ memory card, so I thought I would empty it until the next time! (which, I almost promise, won’t be a week from this one)

I hope you enjoy!

I love to theme my letters or make everything (inside and out) the same. This letter to my friend Bronwyn I kept the same, using the gold Tombow dual pen 026, and grey one, N89 and the bullet end of a back one to create a shadow effect and I also used the grey one for a border.

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I feel like keeping it cohesive and match-matchy makes letters really pretty and there are so many ways to change it up with the lettering and art and styles, so fun!

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I love creating wild, fun art on the envelopes. Though, if you’re using waterbased pens, be sure to seal it in something or else it will look like watercolor if it goes through rain–and you might not want that. XD

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Hehe. My friend’s name is IrisAnne, so I attempted to make the letters in her name different flowers. Failed attempt? XD

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I love using washi tape as borders, and lately I’ve been loving layering two tapes, or even three, for variety in color and shapes. It’s simple, but still fun!

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I layered this one as well. I love layering pattern on solid or vise versa. (Thanks to one of my pen pals for sending some silver washi tape. I love it!)

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For that letter I used a silver theme, with that same backdrop black shading as the first letter. OH! My brother got me some awesome pen+gear pastel envelopes for Christmas that have a sticky backs so that you don’t have to lick them. *ahhhhhhh* I DIDN’T KNOW THIS MAGIC WAS REAL. If you understand the mucho disgust in licking the envelope, you’ll love these.

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This one I just did a basic black font, but I went with a more script font than I normally use. I want to start adding more loops, but I don’t know, they scare me! (:

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I went very abstract and bright with this one. I wanted to include bunches of shapes. What do you think?

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This one’s pretty simple, another floral theme. This pen pal loves purple, so I tried to include that a good bit(:

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I experimented with a circular/abstract/mandala art in watercolor for this one. I really enjoyed the outcome! It was fun creating the shapes.

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I wanted to use a yellow envelope for this letter, so alongside the “sunny” (know where I’m going?XD) yellow, I drew a rather sketchy sun. I think it turned out pretty cute! I love yellow.

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I wrote my friend Sammi in French, so I addressed it (other than the actual address, I didn’t think the postman would be fluent. XD) in French, alongside a flower. I also use that same technique for a backdrop as before.

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I painted this pen pal’s name, but then I thought, “hmm… this needs some color.” VUA LA!   (is there an actual way to spell that?) Hehe. I just randomly placed oblong shapes in different colors everywhere.

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For the entering greeting in a letter like “Dear …” or “Hello, …” I like doing lettering and I usually close with lettering as well.

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This one I basically used my Tombow pen as a highlighter and lettered on top and added some random greenery. I did this to a lot of letters because I liked it, but I’l only show this one. It’s fun to do this in different colors. (:

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I love using bold washi tapes on the back with matching lettering. Ah, don’t you love washi tapes? ♥

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(I use that washi tape combo a lot. XD)

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Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed part two! I hope you’re all having a great day!

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Do you like envelope art posts? Would you like to see lettering posts in the future? What’s you’re opinion on kale? Do you like peppermint?

 

Yay! It’s October // BUJO Setup

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OCTOBER!! INKTOBER! AUTUMN!

*cough, choke*

Let me calm myself…

Greetings!  Today I have photographed my October bullet journal setup, and I though you might enjoy.

I really like fall (like I said HERE.. And here.. and here…), so I had to incorporate that someplace, and leaves sprung up. Originally, I was thinking about a pumpkin, but leaves are just so… fun!

I kept it fairly simple, using my Tombow dual-brush pens and a micron and a Tombow Fudenosuke. I sketched it out, then I picked some “fallish” colors. I kept the lineart fairly simple as well, like not going around the edges, but just the veins in the leaf.

On the right page, the one for my calendar, I did simple orange/gold rectangular boxes and brush lettering on top with the day. I like the overall appearance of these pages. They have a nice warm vibe.

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I had to stretch the 31st day onto the next page, so in the blanks next to it I put wash tape from Target. Below I really wanted to incorporate the Anne of Green Gables quote, “Aren’t you so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?” so I thought that was the best place. Below I did goals, reminders and to-do’s in red boxes. I like to add this near the calendar so it will remind you not to procrastinate(:

On the right I did my regular habit tracker in micron, then the leaves. I wanted to keep this one simple as to not compete with the opposite page(:

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I made this little letter tracker page with a black micron and I used the same leaves. It’s always fun to have a repetitive theme for the month, like I’ve been doing since June (ish). They’re always fun to look back on!

On the right I have the inktober prompts written down so I can easily check them off. (Don’t forget to look back during the month for Inktober progress!) I used the same leaf colors to create a gradient with the words. I really like doing this(:

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And for the last pages I mainly just stayed the same. Black micron and leaves. The left is blog ideas for the month ( (: ), and to the right was just overall ideas I have.

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That’s a wrap, for now. I hope you all enjoyed this month’s setup, come back soon!

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Which page is your favorite? To you like Autumn? Do you like raking leaves?

Here I Am! // Recents Doings

Well Hidey there!

 

It sure has been a few minutes! I’m back today with a chunk of photos and tidbits and different things. We went on vacation to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota, and it was also my first time on an airplane. All this provided a good bit of photography opportunities(:

I learned on our trip that different camera settings are very useful. A lot of times I would find myself raising aperture and lowering the ISO, then other times it would be completely different. It was fun to experiment!

Without further adieu…

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I wanted to see a moose so bad!

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Various, non-vacation photos…

I’ve been taking lots of black and white (monochrome) photos, and I’ve been learning a lot of fun things using it. Wood looks neat!

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                         Recent Letter Art

 

Fall has been sneaking up on me (with no help by the weather. It’s still in the 90’s), in the decor and art sense. I really really love autumn, so I took that into my letter art. Robert Frost, I’ve found, as I scrounged the poetry books on our shelves, that he has quite the Autumn poem selection. (Below)

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That’s it for the photos for today. Which part did you like best? I’m so excited about Inktober this year. I will be posting the art I’ve done with the promt word given, so be sure to check back periodically for those! If you’ve never heard of Inktober, you should definitely look into it. It’s a fun way to stretch your creative muscles!

I hope you are all having a delightful day! Come back tomorrow for a peek at my Bullet Journal. (:

 

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Which pictures were your favorites? Have you ever been out west? Do you live where Buffalo roam? Do you like airplanes?

September BUJO Setup

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Happy September!

WAIT,

September? Whoa. Time’s ‘a flying’!

Today I have set up my bullet journal for the new month at hand, and I thought I would present it here(:

To start off, we’re going on a long trip out west, so I have a lot of packing lists and reminders and such, it’s not quite my normal, but thus said, we shall get on with this post.

I made this little botanical theme for this month, and I used this gold-colored yellow pen to outline everything. I made a little calendar under the month, and then I made the calendar boxes on the right. I decided to keep it pretty simple, using a fine point brush pen and just block letters with a micron.

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I had to stretch the remaining days to the next page, then I created a box for my goals for the month. I placed various washi tape in certain areas for a bit more pattern and color(:

The next page I made my habit trackers for the month in a green pen, and I used a coral colored tape.

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My month’s letter tracker was similar, I used the floral theme in the corner, and I used the gold/yellow pen. I rotated between that color and the green one in the next page.

My ‘to do’s’ for the month page is really simple, just boxes to check(:

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I made my September blog ideas with the same theme, and I made my list of things to do and places to see on our trip. (I have my packing lists in my August setup) I used the to do layout with the boxes, then I added this tape that says “Go where you feel most alive” and a cute little airplane cutout.

*brief note*

If y’all are looking for cute washi tape, Hobby Lobby is having a clearance sale on their brand “the paper studio.” Go check it out!

*end of brief note*

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My friend and I made this little page we called “self care” that have a lot of things to do for fun.

Then I have some reminders for the month.

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And that’s it!

What did you think of this months setup? What was your favorite page?

Have a wonderful day!

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Bullet Journaling // Why It Works

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Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great day!

I was filling out things in my bullet journal earlier and I was thinking, “What did I do before this!?”  Bullet journaling has worked well and has been really fun in the process, and today I’m just going to share some various tidbits about it and why it works so well.

To start off, there’s something I always haven’t been extremely faithful about remembering: The bullet key.

This is a very helpful way to remember the importance, time, if you completed something, if you need to save, if you need to buy, if you need to check off your list kinds of things.

I always put mine in the front of my bullet journal so that when I need to go look for it, it’s not hidden away in the middle someplace.

I stuck to some basic ones, like “task done” “task completed” “important” “good idea” and such. I’ve heard of other people doing a lot more things in order to help them remember.

If you’re just starting out with bullet journaling, or even if you’ve done it for awhile, this is still very helpful. The key, and the whole bullet journal as a matter of fact, is completely customizable to your own taste.

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Now, when I first started bullet journaling, I didn’t have something that I really like now, a content page/index.

My newest bullet journal, the one I’m in now, has one and it’s one of the most helpful things in it. (click HERE to see my Bullet Journal)

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Habit Trackers are probably my most helpful and favorite things in a bullet journal, because when they’re finished (especially if you didn’t miss a day) they look really neat, and they make you want to do that thing to be able to fill it in.

I’ve done all kinds; ones where you fill it in with certain colors, others its own separate box with a favorite black fineliner.

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I really like to do a goals page. It’s always fun to see, at the end of the month, what goals you met.

Creating “TO-DO” lists for the month and cleaning plans are always great and very efficient and good to do ahead of time and to be able to add to later, because you can take a glance, go do something on your list, come back and check it off.

The main thing about a bullet journal that is so great is that it’s all in one. You get planner, calendar, to-do’s, goals, a journal (if you add that), in one book, and the good thing is that it’s only one book!

Hehe, I know I just said that twice, but that’s really the best thing about it. Instead of opening five different sources to check off or see various things, the all-in-one is so great. I prefer a A5 size journal because if you need to take it anywhere it isn’t too big.

Something else I prefer is a dotted grid. This is just me, but when I create a grid or calendar or do brush lettering, I don’t like doing it over back black lines. There are also square grids. I prefer a dotted grid that isn’t too noticeable, but it’s not just a blank piece of paper. (A grid really helps with lines and writing)

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You can see the dotted grid here.

I have a lot of pens I use when bullet journaling, but some of my favorites are my *Tombow Dual brush pens. These are water-based, brush and bullet nib pens that are great for writing, doing brush lettering, or coloring in certain things. They blend really well, too, which is something fun for your bullet journal’s look.

Some of my other favorites are my *Pigma Microns in black. Ah! I love these. They last long time and are great for writing and drawing grids.

I love to use a kneaded eraser and just a regular light pencil (like a 4H or 2H) to sketch out my designs. This is probably you have around your house!

And we can’t forget a good ‘ole ruler!

I hope this post was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Let me know what you would like to see next. More posts of the like?

Have a wonderful day!

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What posts would you like to see next? Where does school start around your area? Do you like to shop for school supplies? Do you have a bullet journal? What’s your favorite Icecream flavor?

It’s June // Bullet Journal Setup

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Hi Friends!

It’s been awhile! I’m excited to be back with my June bullet journal setup. I really like how this month turned out and I can’t wait for you to see.

This is the month where Spring turns to Summer! Is anyone else excited for swimming and gardening and no school? 😄 I love it. It’s already gotten to 95º here in Georgia, so it’s started out very… Summer-y. How’s the weather where you are?

My opening page has and overview of the calendar and days. The theme I chose was these really cotton candy/pastel colors: blue, pink and purple. I decided to do these really imperfect flowers, and I like the way they turned out.

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My calendar section I made to alternate the same colors I used on the left. I really love pastels like this. It’s very pleasing to the eye!

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I used the same colors and flowers on my habit tracker page* here. My habits this month are pretty much the same as last month’s, drink 5+ 8oz. glasses of water a day, read a chapter of my bible (or more) a day, use witch hazel as a part of my daily routine, floss teeth 2x a day, and practice piano for 1+ hours daily.

(*photos were taken at the beginning of the month. Progress has been made 😀 )

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My June letter tracker used the same flower/color mixture. I made them look like letters, the boxes, I mean, and the little square in the top right corner, what looks like a stamp, I check off if I respond to the sender. I also made it so I can add more rectangles if need be.

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I used the same sort of lettering and flowers for my Spring100 tracker. It ends this month and I only have a few more miles left! Are any of you doing it?

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My to-do’s used the same pink and lettering, but I decided to go for a neater look.

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That is it for my Bullet Journal setup this month. I hope you enjoyed! Here is some recent art I’ve done lately:

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I love this one(:

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One of my favorites. 😀

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Hehe. Ignore the “no no no’s” That’s for the next painting ((:

I thank you for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful day(:

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Do you Bullet Journal? What are your favorite colors? Do you like to draw? What art supplies are you favorite? What are you doing this Summer?

Better Late Than Never//May BUJO Setup

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Hello, Friends!

Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day with your Moms? Ours was quite delightful. We went to see the new movie “Breakthrough” that is a true story. SO GOOD! Have any of you seen it?

Well, I believe I haven’t done too well with posting this month, so I am making up for that by showing you all May’s setup (although it’s late… *ahem*).

I have been using my Bullet Journal a lot lately because we’re preparing to go out of town (Savannah, Georgia), and it has my packing lists and to-do’s that I keep referring to. That’s one of the many reasons I love Bullet Journaling. You don’t have to have all different things in different journals and notebooks, it can be all-in-one!

My opening calendar page I decided to go for something simple, so I just did calendar squares with pink. I have a calendar, but I always go to this because I use it all the time and can see it all at a glance.

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I had to stretch the calendar one three days, so instead of leaving that a blank page, I put my month’s goals and to-do’s (my main ones).

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I love to track my letters, incoming and outgoing, so I went with that same pink color to fill in the rectangles. I used my Koi Coloring brush pens for the pink color.

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My habit tracker for this month I used the same technique I’ve been using since March. I like to have the habits laid out in separate groups. My habits this month are to drink 5 or more glasses of water a day, flossing my teeth, practicing my piano for 1 hour or more, keep my room straight, and use witch hazel twice a day.

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This is my tracker for walking. My Mom and I are participating in the Spring100 over at Shiloh Photography, so I’m tracking that as well.

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I made a packing list to help me be more organized. This is very helpful in case you ever go on trips (And it’s also fun to check the squares(: )

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That is it for now on my Bullet Journal. What page was your favorite?

Well, I also have some artwork and photography that I’d like to show y’all. Keep on ‘a scrollin’ to see!

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. What was your favorite part? I’d veto hear from you below!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

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My Most Used Brush Pens and How I Use Them

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Hi everyone!

I am really loving the Spring-ness outside! I am enjoying the warm (er) weather a lot!

I have had some questions before about what brush pens I use. Today I shall be showing y’all what my most used brush pens are. Also, a little bit down the way I will be showing y’all how I use brush pens in (every. single. way. possible.😜) some different ways.

I will link to each pen’s website when I give their description. Be sure to check them out, they’re all great!

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I have only been doing brush lettering for the past 6 or 7 months, and it’s now my favorite (or one of my favorites) hobbies. I love how you can use it in all different ways: letters, artwork, journaling; there are so many!

I mainly use it for designing letters and for journaling and for art, but I like to write with the harder ones, like the Tombow fudenosukes and Baokes below. (It can become quite wrist-tiring, but still😋)

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The first ever brush pen I started with I still have: The Marvy Le Plume II. It is double sided; the brush nib on one side and a pen nib on the other. (Most of the other dual sided pens have bullet nibs. That’s the main reason I like this pen.)

Level: Beginner 

Link: Marvy

Price per pen: $2.59 (on Marvy website)

Rating (by me😛): ★★☆

The brush nib is, well, not the greatest. It is felt, which most are, but this one is easily frayed. I’ve only ever tried black, and the pigmentation isn’t the greatest (The black comes off more grey looking than black)

I really liked this at first, before I tried any others, but now that I have a variety I really just…don’t like it at all. It’s a bit difficult to use on the up strokes. It is a nice skinny pen, though, which is good when writing. I also like the pen tip on the other side. It’s almost like a Micron 03 which I use for line art during illustrations. It’s nice because you can write on the outside of a card and the inside using both tips!

This is quite pricey for the quality, though, which I don’t like. I wouldn’t recommend this to a professional, but it’s a good starter for beginners. I liked it a lot when I first started.

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Tombow ABt Dual

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Link: Tombow USA

Price per pen: $3.19

Rating: ★★★★☆

I really like these pens. I got the primary colors pack for my birthday last June along with a tutorial book, and I loved these so much more. I recently got the 96 pen set, and I use it day and night😂 Tombow constantly comes out with new colors and packs, and I love their website.

However, they are quite pricy per pen, and they can fray easily when used wrong or used a lot, which is sad.

The brush tip is felt, and is very firm, which I like a lot. The bullet nib is great, too!

I would recommend these first to anyone who asks. Definitely go check ’em out!

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Koi Coloring by Sakura

Level: Beginner

Link: Sakura of America

Price per pen: Varies ($2.00 on some sites, $3.50 on others)

Rating: ★★★

I bought two Koi’s from Dick Blick awhile back, just to test. I like them okay, except they give such a thick line when in full pressure, and aren’t double sided.

The aren’t quite ask expensive, however, which is good. And they haven’t frayed yet, which makes me glad. I love their vibrant colors and the fatness of the strokes is nice sometimes(:

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Baoke 20, 21, 22 + 23

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Link:  Amazon

Price: $10.00

Rating: ★★★★

Now, I was running out of one of my Fudenosuke pens (coming below) and I wanted to see if there were any brands I hadn’t tried yet. I went ‘a searching’ on Amazon for pens and I found these, and I was much pleased. I really like number 21, 22 and 23 (bigger number bigger size), but the number 20 reminds me a lot of the Marvy Le Plume II.

I use number 22 and 23 all the time, and I love the different sizes. These are also great quality for such a good price.

I definitely recommend!

Tombow Fudenosuke Hard and Soft Tip

Level: Intermediate

Link: Tombow USA

Price (together and per pen): $6.98/$3.49 

Rating: ★★★★☆

By far, my favorite brush pens ever. I love how firm they are and how dark black they come out. I use them on every thing and I just LOVE them.

The only bad thing is that when they dry out they give a scratchy, faded look to your lettering that you don’t always want with a pen.

I wouldn’t recommend these for first time letterers, though, for they have a plastic nib and can be damaged if not used properly. Other than that, they’re great!

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Now, as for how I use them, I will show a few ways(:

You can make tiny little works of lettering art. I love making ATC’s to send pen-pals!

Post: Some Recent Art

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I make lots of cards with lettering on them. I also like to illustrate with the colored ones.

Post: Some Photos (And something new!)

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Illustrations and card designs are super fun.

Post: (Pen-Pal) Letter Art 

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Those are just a few ways I love to use brush lettering. There are many, MANY more ways, though, such as bullet journaling, crafts, and watercolor work. (They’re water based, so when water added they give a watercolor look!)

Here are also a few recent pieces of art I’ve done. (I’m just ‘a throwing it all at ya!)

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I really liked painting this one(:
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I did the sky of this one with the Tombow Dual Brush pens(:

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That’s it! Thank you so much for reading! I really enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions, be sure to let me know!

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Do you have any of these pens? Do you like the look of brush lettering? Do you like rice or salad? 

A Peek Into My Sketchbook | A Bit Of Photography

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Hello, all!

Are you doing well?

I have been working in my sketchbook a good book today, and I thought I’d share! I have been working on drawing lots of different things and working with different art mediums, such as colored pencils (which I’ve never liked☹️), watercolor, charcoal, and others.

I like to try new things (mostly😜) and I have been enjoying using the things I have around the house. It’s fun to find out what is fun to use that you never really enjoyed!

I was experimenting today drawing hair. For some reason hair has always been one of the hardest parts of drawing a complete head. I have been learning how to “block out” the shape of the har, then add detail. (well, when I say learning, I mean figuring it out myself while I listen to Adventures In Odessey😆)

I have also been working on blending colors together to create highlights are shading, and I am really enjoying it! Especially with colored pencils. They actually blend a lot better than I ever thought!

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This one turned out m favorite, I believe. This was with Crayola (I know!) colored pencils. I just used the tan colored one where I wanted highlights before I added brown, and then I layered the brown up , leaving highlights where I thought they’d go. (I actually copied my hair the best I could from a picture of myself. It actually looks like my hair!)

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I started this one and then decided I should take pictures of the process! I used my Tombow dual brush pens for this one. I have really been trying to nail-down the blending for these ever since I got them, and i do believe I’ve figured it out. (and I do believe this applies to most art mediums as well.) Start with a light color, then add the darker color on top. with hair, I left spots with only the lighter color showing through for the reflection, then added the light color back on top, blending it out, looking a bit more natural.

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I like to add the face shape in there to see how everything fits. (:

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And thus ends the very quick view into what I’ve been working on in my sketchbook! I know that was short, but I’m planning on doing a sketchbook tour once I’ve filled this one completely.

Now, onward to photos!

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Thank you all for reading and looking at this (rather short) post! I am looking forward to new posts soon(:

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Have you ever drawn hair? Do you use Crayola? Is it raining where you live? What’s your favorite season?