DIY: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards

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Hi!!!!!

Are all of you well this fine day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! I always like making little Valentine’s around this time every year, and this year I wanted to show y’all how I do them! Let’s get right in to it.

So first, grab some scrapbook paper of your choice. (one big sheet is enough unless you’ll be switching) I chose pink and, later, one with hearts. (look at that funny little sun ray/spot on the paper😚)

 

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Then fold it in half. (any way)

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Then draw half on a heart right on the crease. (this helps to get the perfect shape)

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Voila! Smooth it out straight and flat.

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Then make 2-3 more. Leave the first flat, the second one half-folded, and the third mostly-folded.

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Then I got out our ancient hot glue gun😄 You can use a glue stick or the like, but I always find hot glue works best.

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While I waited for it to heat, I got out my card I was going to use.

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Then I glued the half folded heart to the flat one.

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Then add the mostly folded to the bunch. You can make it as big, add as many layers and colors as you want, but I only did three for now.

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Then add your little heart cluster in one of the upper areas. (or lower. There are going to be words) I put mine in the mid-upper right.

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Then sketch out the words you want and the basket. (It’s a hot air balloon😄)

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Voila! I used my Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip for the words and clouds. (Although I used no pressure on the clouds; they were just sketchy lines.)

 

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Then I got out a different sheet of scrapbook paper for the next one!

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I got three puzzle pieces for this next one that says “I love you to pieces” I thought this saying was really cute, so i’m a’ gonna use ‘er!

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Then flip your scrapbook paper over and trace and cut them out.

IMG_9397Then put a little dab of hot glue on the backs. Stick them towards the top, but not all the way up. More upper-middle. (Is that a thing?😁)

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I forgot to take a picture of me doing this, but there! It’s finished! I just wrote it down using my Tombow Fude hard tip. (And AUGH! Points off for blurriness!)

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this short DIY On Valentine’s Cards! Thank you so much for reading, friends!

ALSO: Big thanks for 25 Followers, you guys! Thank you so much!

~theJunebugblog

 

(Pen-Pal) Letter Art

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Hello! I’m glad to be back posing again. It’s already been a week since the BUJO Series I did! Wow, this past week’s gone fast!

Well, today I’m back again with something similar to that. I’ve been catching up on a lot of letters to my friends lately, and I was using a few themes when making my cards. I only took a few pictures of each card while I was making them, but I thought I’d share, anyway!

For the first card I chose the cute little saying/quote “Advice from a Sunflower” (In full below)

I just lightly sketched in the words.

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Then, I used my fudenosuke hard tip over the words.

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Then I took my little kneaded eraser (that looks somewhat like an astroid😂) and went all over the words to get rid of the pencil.

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Then I had to choose my colors for the sunflower. I didn’t want it to be too dark or two light, so I tested out all the ones in between.

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I chose two medium colored yellow/orange. (I always love trying to decide colors!)

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Then I started sketching out the sunflower. I did the darker petals in front, then the lighter ones in back.

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Then I had to choose a brown color. I tested a lot of different colors, and again ended up with a lighter and a darker color.

I colored the center with the light brown color. I could’ve left it like this, but I felt like it needed something else.

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I just did a lot of messy dots inside that circle. It was what it was missing!

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I chose not to outline anything with a black pen so the words were more visible. It ended up looking pretty cute!

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Then I went to make the envelope. It’s fun making a theme between the card and envelope! I went to find the middle…

(Also, sorry for the odd lighting!)

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Then I got a jar out and put it in the center of the paper, but off-center of the middle. (To the left of the center. Does that make even a hair of sense?🤣) Then I traced around it.

 

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Then I sketched out the petals. Make sure the circle (the center of the flower) is wide enough to put an address.

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Then fill it in with a Micron (or other black pen) and color. This sunflower is a lot more basic, with a little bit of an animated look.

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Then I chose the colors of wax beads I was going to use.

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There we go! Aren’t they cute? I love sunflowers.

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Then I made another one! I used Proverbs 16:24 for the next card. I used a honey comb as the characters in this one.

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Then I made the envelope similar to the card.

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They both turned out pretty cute! I cut out a little foam cat and then colored it in and added blush. That makes everything better, right?😄

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Then here came another one! I really liked how this one came out!

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(Sorry this is so blurry! I only got one picture☹️) I really like how this one looked!

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Then I went to make the matching envelope again.

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I added some sketchy lines where I was going to put the address, and I did the same kind of flowers on the card.

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(Again, Blurry!) I did the same for the return address.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great day!

~theJunebugblog

Which Card/Envelope did you like best? Do you like sunflowers?

2019 BUJO Setup, Day 1

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Bonjour!

Today I am starting a week long series on Bullet Journaling! I called it my 2019 Setup because, well, it is, but doing a series is so much more fun! 😀

I have been doing a bullet journal since the start or 2018, but I recently had to buy a new one for the start of 2019!

For the first day of this series I shall be talking about the journals because, well, you kinda need one of those! HeeHee.

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I have tried multiple different Bullet Journals before I really started a BUJO, but I, so far, have only found two that work well for me.

The first thing I ever tried for a Bullet journal in 2017 was just a regular journal. (Sadly I don’t have any pictures of it) But the paper quality in everyday college-ruled journals isn’t very good quality for using deep pigmented pens. (or even black pens!) They ghost, and they sometimes even bleed through! I thing the regular weight of printer/notebook paper is 50-80 GSM.

(Ghosting is when you can see the color from the other side of the paper, and Bleeding is when the ink seeps through the paper to the next page.)

The next thing I tried was a blank sketchbook from Walmart. It has thick, high grade paper, and it doesn’t bleed or ghost. I believe the weight of this sketchbook paper is about 200-ish GSM. I really liked it, but it was missing a lot of things that I needed for using it everyday, like: Numbered pages, an index, a grid (I don’t like lines, but I do like light dots) I think the price was about $4-5 dollars.

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The Walmart Sketchbook

I used it everyday, though! I enjoyed the thick pages and the size. I had to draw in my own key on this trip, and index. It worked pretty well, but it cut into my pages count, having to write it all out. But an index is necessary for my BUJO.

The next journal I got, very recently, was a set of three Moleskine journals from Target. (I’ve seen them a LOT of other places, though. You can get them almost anywhere.) They’re $15 dollars for 3, and if you just get one, they’re $7, I think. They’ve been around for awhile, and I had heard good things about them…

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They are very pretty, great sized journals, for Pencil. Don’t get this for a Bullet Journal!!! I was quite disgusted by the quality of this Journal. The pages are only 60 GSM?!!?😱 Eww! They ghost with the lightest colors, and they bleed with dark colors like burgundy and black. the picture below is of the ghosting. I had too hot-glue two pages together and I could still see the ink through the third page! Also, you can feel the indents of the pencil on the backside of the page. I pulled apart the pages I glued together to take a picture go it. You can see the bleeding and ghosting from the backside!! Look at the ink bleeding above my thumb!!!

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I really don’t like these journals. They’re also missing an index and numbered pages, but they do have 16 perforated pages in the back, and a pocket. Eww. DON’T BY THESE!

Okay. My newest Journal, the one I’ve been using, is from Amazon. It’s called “Minimalism Art” Journals, and they came with a 5 star rating and they have either 120 GSM or 160, I can’t remember😂 I really like it. It’s got numbered pages, and index, two bookmarks, and a pocket. Look! It’s came in a box! It was priced at about $13 for this color, but some, like the pink one they have, was $14 or $15.

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They have four different options for the paper, plain, lines, dotted or squared. I got dots. It has a lot of pages, so it should last me awhile.

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I really jumped back and forth between getting cream or this tan color, and I ended up with tan. (I was afraid white/cream would get to dirty.)

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I really like the dots and the numbered pages and the two bookmarks. They’re very helpful!

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And I like that the dots aren’t too dark, yet you can still see them.

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It has a nice deep pocket. I carry my Tombow blending picture, and stickers and such.

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I got a few pens to test out. A Tombow Dual, Gel pen, Koi Brush, Fudenoske, Le Pen, and a Zebra pen.

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Sorry for the odd lighting!

I drew them on. Gladly, it shows the same color, and doesn’t change it. (Sometimes page colors change the color of the pens!

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It does ghost a little, but not drastically. I can definitely deal with this!

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Again, weird lighting!

I would defiantly recommend this journal for any Bullet Journalers. (That’s definitely a word🤣) This one and the Walmart sketchbook are probably the best. The other ones I hope to try in the future are: Lechtturm 1917 and Archer and Olive.

Thank you so much for reading! Come back tomorrow!

~theJunebugblog

 

Looking back: 2018

Hello!

Today, as 2018 is no longer, I am going to review the posts I did this {past} year! I love doing these kinds of posts. It’s so fun to look back!

#1.

 

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This was my first post in 2018. It was a collaboration of many different posts. (All of these pictures are linked, so check ’em out, ifn’s you can!)

#2

 

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This is my first “Art Day” in 2018. I shudder to see some of this artwork! (:

 

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This was one of my favorite posts to do. It was fun to make the things for the post!

 

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Another “Art Day.”

 

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Art

Yet Another…

 

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Woods, Rain and the Moon

Woods, Rain and the Moon. I really liked this one at the time!

 

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Some Different Things…

 

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Art Day#8-2

Art Day, #10

 

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A roll-up pencil carrier that I made for a friend.

 

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Some pictures from our trip to Tennessee.

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A “Much Overdue Art Day,” So called (;

 

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Some Spring Photography(:

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Watercolor Place card Wreath Tutorial.

 

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“A Rainy Day in May”

 

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Chalk-paint piano transformation

I recently painted our piano…..

 

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My Friend and I made a Fort…

 

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My Story about our move, “Returning Home.”

 

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My Brush Lettering (the letter A) tutorial.

 

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Happy Birthday, Junebugblog!

 

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Looking Back: Summer.

 

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Fall/Random Photos.

 

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Christmas Countdown, Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, AANNNDD 17. Whew!

 

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I made a quick post on Christmas day.

Well, that is it! 38 posts in my first whole year! I hope for a year just as good as this past one!

Are there any posts you want to see from me this year? What was your favorite post in 2018?

Have a great start to this New Year!

~theJunebugblog

Christmas Countdown, Day 2

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Aloha!

🎶 Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day..

heehee, That was just me remembering yesterday’s “Christmas Countdown”

Today’s topic is… drumroll please.. CHRISTMAS-Y FASHION!

WOO HOO!

OK, so, some of you might be envisioning a green and red Christmas sweater your great-Aunt Rudy crocheted for you. Is that it? (:

Some of my favorite things to wear at Christmastime are Christmas socks, that pretty much look like Aunt Rudy’s sweaters. But they’re GREAT! (just if you’re wondering, Target has some great pairs in their dollar section(; )

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Well… I guess that about wraps this up.

HAH! get it? Wraps this up! because you know, Christmas and you, um, wrap things and, no? OK.

Hee Hee

19 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

~theJunebugblog

Christmas Countdown, Day 1.

Hi, Everybody!

There are, umm, let’s check the calendars here, let’s see. There’s about, uh.. 20 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!??!! Huh? How is that even possible? It seems like 2018 is going (gone) SO fast! Is that just me?

I decided I would do a Countdown to Christmas (or vice versa, hence the name(: ) It will be the first time that i’ve done something like this on a blog, so we’ll see how it goes! It should be fun!

Here’s how it works:

So, The idea is, I’ll post something everyday (hehe, we’ll see how THAT goes!) that is Christmas themed! I love seeing what other people do around the holidays. It’s such a cheerful, festive time of year!

I’ll post little Christmasy snippets (supposedly (: ) everyday, except Sundays. Enjoy!

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Yay! I’m excited to start. For day one, I will be talking about music! Christmas music is a large part of our music. Our Christmas playlists consist of these, mostly:

AMY GRANT

AMY GRANT

AMY GRANT

HANDELS MESSIAH

AMY GRANT

AMY GRANT

AMY GRANT

AND OTHERS, INCLUDING AMY GRANT (;

As you can see, we like Amy Grant’s Christmas music(:

No, really, we do like Amy Grant’s Christmas albums, but we really like listening to Selah’s Christmas album “The Rose of Bethlehem”,too. It’s really very pretty. I like it because they mix some christian songs with popular and traditional music.

We all enjoy the traditional Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Jackson 5 and such. They’re always good!

I really like Lauren Daigle’s Christmas albums. She has such an amazing, powerful voice!

We all like the Pentatonix Christmas Albums. Oh man, are THEY talented!

What kind of Christmas music do YOU like? Comment below; I’d love to know!

I hope you like my first Christmas snippet for Countdown to Christmas!

What are you doing for the holidays?

~theJunebugblog

 

Brush Lettering: A

Just a heads up, all of the Brush Lettering things I post will be on my brush lettering page(:

Hey everyone!

How are you?

Today I will be showing how to Brush Letter “A”

I will be doing tutorials from A-Z. I hope you enjoy!

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To start, practice warm-ups (here) and write with the pen parallel to the paper. Pleas don’t hold the pen on the point! It will damage your Brush Pen. (fray it)

 

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Once you’ve done your hand warm-ups and have practiced, you’re ready to go!

                              SCRIPT

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The “a” is fairly easy. It consists of and “O” with a tail. (as shown) *Remember: hold pen parallel!* I like to practice a a lot, because it helps prepare for harder letters.

Easy, right?

It might take a few tries before you get it, but you will!

                                   BLOCK

Yay! I love block letters(:

Do these again.

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Once you’ve done your hand warm-ups and have practiced, you’re ready to go!

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The Block letter “A” is, as I think of it, an upside down “U”. I usually put my bar in the lower part, but you could do it high, low, or middle!

Pretty easy. Easy than the script “A”, I think.

And again, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Or, just try again.😄

Thank you for reading! Happy lettering!

Bye!

~theJunebugblog

DIY! How to paint Place card Wreaths!

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Hello everyone! How are you all? Well, today I have a tutorial! (if you want to see my last one, click here) I have been making little wreaths with initials inside and have been sending some to friends, and I thought you all might like to try and to see how I did it!

I said “place card” in the picture, but the things I am about to show aren’t place cards, but instead of doing one square of paper, you could cut a rectangle and fold it in half and you will have a cute place card! I just wanted to let you know, incase you’re going, “Ummm… those aren’t place cards” (: I hope you enjoy!

1. Floral Place card wreath

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Start with a square of watercolor (or any sturdy paper) paper. I cut mine, for this, about the size of a bottle cap, so it’s rather small. You can make it any size or length you want, but for the wreath you want to stay more in the square zone(:

Next, draw a circle inside the square. I used a little round eraser to get a perfect circle shape, so if you have a round object that is a good size, use it!

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I like to use a smaller brush. For these paintings I’m using a size 2 brush (photo) and a size 0.

Now, we are going to do flowers, so mix the colors that you wish. To start out I did a Magenta/Reddish-purple color, one of my favorites(:

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Roses are some of my favorite things to paint with watercolor. When you start, you make a little jelly bean shape as the center of your flower, not to big.

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Then, add two medium-thick lines top and bottom of the center of the flower. (Remember not to let them touch to much or it will just look like a blob(:  )

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Then, beside the two medium-thick lines you just made, put two more (not so thick lines) on both sides of those. When you are finished with that, add a few decorative lines. You have a flower! Not to hard, right?

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Make a few more flowers around the circle you made, staying around the same size. I lightened my colors as I went around with more red, but you can do whatever you like. I have done all different kinds. If you like blue, mix a medium blue with a teeny bit of grey, It’s also one of my favorite flower colors(: Do you like your results on this?

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Next you’re going to write the initial. I am using my Micron tip pen (it’s called a Le Pen) to do it.

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I just picked a random letter. Now, If you want a bit less floral, look below for the next one!

2. Floral + Ivy wreath

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Start with the your paper again. (Remember, you can use whatever shape you want as long as it’s in the shape category)

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Now, paint 2-4 flowers, just like before, depending on how many you want. You can do them wherever you want. I like to paint them across from each other.

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Now mix the color of the leaves. I went with a darkish shamrock green. (light green mixed with a bit of medium blue)

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Paint the green thinly around the circle, trying not to touch the flowers. Then while the green lines are still wet, take your brush and go outward, creating the leaf shape. (photo)

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Do that all the way around or until you like the results. What do you think?

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Yay! I really like how this one turned out(: If you want to know how to do the lettering, see below.

Quick detour: Handlettering

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Start with a scrap piece of paper.

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Grab your tools. You can have and use anything for these little letters. I have a brush pen (Le Plumme II, I believe, which you can get here) with a thin Le Pen side and a brush pen side, There are watercolor brush pens, which are good, one of my favorites, (I wouldn’t recommend using it for this tutorial, though. The tend to have a mind of their own for small letters.) and there are brush markers, which I like.

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Now, for hand lettering you widen the downstrokes, or press hard on the side for thickness, and and you lighten and raise the pen up for upstrokes, creating a thin line. (the photo shows the brush pen and the watercolor brush pen) practice this over and over until you’ve gotten the hang of it.

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Now, practice down and upstrokes on letters until you get the hang of it.

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Now, if you don’t have a brush pen or marker, grab a pen, any kind. Write a normal letter. (It doesn’t have to be cursive. This is good for any font or style.)

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It is pretty much the same thing as a brush pen. Widening the downstrokes.

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Then, when you widen the downstrokes and fill it in, VIOLA! You just did hand lettering! pretty easy, right? OK, back to art.

3. Full Ivy wreath

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This is one of my favorites to do. For the ivy on this one I did a darker green. start on three sides, just like the flowers on the last one.

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Continue and go all the way around. Done! That is probably the easiest. I love the way it looks! I did a few wispy lines coming out of the leaves for extra effect. (:

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Add your Initial. Done!

4. Berry wreath

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Now for the berry wreath, the last one, do the same exact thing like the floral/ivy wreath, just instead of flowers, do dots as berries for a more subtle look.

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Finished!

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Yay! this was fun! I hope you enjoyed! Comment below which one was your favorite and which one you might make! Thank you for reading!

~thejunebugblog