Drop Shadows // Additions For Lovely Lettering

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Hhaapppyy Sssuunnddaayy!

Also, happy National Day of Prayer! I hope you are all safe and well.

I have been rather scant in posts lately, but I’m a comin’ back. I have been doing lots of letter art and lettering in general, and it crossed my mind that I haven’t done that many lettering posts.

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When I first started brush lettering in 2018, I would look at pictures of quotes and things and I would see these “shadows” on the letters that kind of made them look 3D. I thought that was so cool, but it took me awhile to learn, But now that I do it a lot I thought I’d share it with you! So I hope this helps you with your drop shadows. They’re so fun to add.
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I use drop shadows a lot for bullet journaling and writing letters, and I thought you all might like to see how I go about mine.
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To start out, pick one of your favorite markers or brush pens or pens. I’m using Tombow Dual Brush pens for this tutorial.
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#1 Basic Dropshadow

I lettered a simple “hello” because it has a lot of good shapes to practice on. You can write anything, though!
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For the drop shadows on this one I’m using my Pilot Frixion ball pen. (GUYS, it’s erasable!  Perfect for writing.)
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Start on the top of the downstroke of the letter. In brush lettering, this is the thickest part. If you’re writing with a regular pen or marker, just imagine where you pulled the pen down.
I always draw my drop shadows on the left, but that’s a personal preference.
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When you get to an intersection between lines, (like below) don’t go over it. Stop, pick up your pen and go over that line, and then begin directly after it. It’s a minor detail, be it makes it look more like a shadow.
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Continue drawing your drop shadows on the rest of the letters.
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Whenever you get to a letter like O, it can be a bit tricky to decide what to do. I always start on the inner portion (where you would start the letter) and I do my regular downstroke.
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Then go on the upper portion and start.
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When you get to the overlapping part, go until you meet the line you entered the letter on. Jump over it, then continue with your line to distinguish the overlapping and the beginning sections, but don’t go any farther.
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VOILA!  It’s a simple way to add a little fun to your lettering.
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#2 A Bit More Plump

The next one is one I do often.

Instead of a regular pen, I’m using the Tomdow fudenosuke hard tip (My favorite. I use this most every day!) to do the drop shadows. This will create a more thick line without it being too thick.

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Start again from the top of the downstroke, and head down, jumping over any line intersections.

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TAA DAA!

It’s a bit more of a bold look, I like how it looks like a shadow. This can be done with any tools, too, which is a plus!

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#3 A Bit More Fancy

This is what I most use when it comes to drop shadows, I love how the shadows… scroll for more!

I’m back to the Pilot Frixion pen, but you can use anything(:

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Start by doing the same thing as the other two, draw the drop shadows along the edge of the downstrokes.

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Once you’ve done that, go back to the first letter and start your line on the top of the entering line.IMG_0916

Continue that line over where you intersected the lines and up into the loop. Don’t go all the way around, your new line should stop under where the other one started.

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Start again on top of the next line. End mid-arch, never overlapping your first set of drop shadows.

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Next to the loop going into E the same way. Also to the loop on e. Continue this way until you’ve reached the end.

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Yay! This is my favorite way to do drop shadows. It’s so fun and easy!

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#4 A Shade Lighter Than The Rest

This is a subtle and fun way to add dimension to your lettering, and it’s easy and fun, too!

Pick a color, any color, then find a lighter one, probably 60% lighter. If you do black, find a light grey. Navy, find light blue. I did blush pink/mauve, so I found a faint/baby pink.

Here are the two most used backdrop colors I use, 800 (baby pink) and N89 (warm grey) (also 873 (coral), but I didn’t snap a photo)

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Take the brush side (or however you can make a thick stroke on the pen you use) and do the same as the first two, start at the top of the downstroke and go down.

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Done! It’s a subtle way to add depth and dimension, and the outcome is really pretty!

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As a little bonus onto this style, you can take a black pen (I’m using the Frixion one again) and line the downstrokes close to the original letter.

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#5 A Different Hue

I picked a envelope with a medium color, turquoise, and I wrote in an equal tone.

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Instead of black or pink or grey, grab a white, silver or gold. I’m using my white Uni-ball Signo broad gel pen. (Ammaazziinngg)

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Start like before, starting at the top of the downstroke and going down.

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Then, like #3, line the inside of the upstrokes.

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I love how this creates more of a highlighted look than a shadow. It’s so pretty on toned paper such as this.

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I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know what you thought!

Have a happy Sunday!

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Which was your favorite, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5? Do you like tutorials like these? Want more lettering posts, or something else (what else?)? Do you like bradford pear trees? Snails or worms? XD

Well, Howdy-do, March! // Bullet Journal Setup

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WHOOOAAAA, March’s almost here!?

Yay! This means Spring and new growth in the trees and flowers and warm (er) weather. Ahhh…

I always, the past two years, have done greenery in March. (you can see last year’s setup here. (; ) I love drawing plants and cactuses, so why not? (: I kept it only green with tan pots. I kept it very simple, I didn’t want too much detail or line art. I either did line art on the plant, or on the pot. I decided to go with rounded letters, and I made them rather sketchy. (I did some scripty writing as well, later)

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I decided to go with a different approach to the calendar. My Mom likes to be able to see all of her Sundays lined up and Mondays, like a normal calendar. I tried it so that I could do it on hers. I actually quite like it! I had to test a lot of different layouts so that it would look even, but it worked! Do you like seeing your calendar like this, or does it matter? I can’t decide.

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These next pages are my favorites! I love drawing the different plants.

My habit trackers I filled in all green, and I used my white Signo Broad gel pen for the lines. I drew some plants on the “ground”, but I didn’t fill the pots in for simplicity.

I did my goals and hopes for the month on the next page, and to level it out to the eye, I did some hanging plants. ❤ Do you have plants in your room?

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I wanted to bring back my weekly spreads, they’re really helpful to me, to be able to see everything in a not-so-tiny place. I drew plants in the first box, then the weekdays on the rest.

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I took a different plan for my monthly income this month. I normally do this, but I anted something a bit more useful and in-depth. It should help me look back at the expenses I had and what I made from teaching.

The next page is my letter tracker page. I lined some of the boxes, ad I left some line-less. I filled everything in with the white pen, though(:

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I’ve been wanting to do a “dutch door” layout for awhile, so I did it for the second week spread. I like it! It’s happy. Where the 7th day ended I drew some plants to fill the space. Beside I did the “week’s events” and on the other side I did a C.S. Lewis quote,

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”

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The next page has my “to do” and “reminders” on it. Nothing too fancy, but it shall work nicely.

I added a quote, “Show Up, be true, be kind, keep going,” for the last page, alongside some washi tape, for my last page.

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I hope you all enjoyed! What’s happening in your March? Anything fun? Thank you for reading! Let me know what you thought!

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Do you like cactuses/succulents? What’s your favorite part about March? What bullet journal theme would you like to see me do? Do you like Summer or Spring better?

 

 

 

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?