Autumn // Pen-pal-ly Tidbits

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Welcome!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year, the colors, the pumpkins, the weather (😍), the leaves, and I love my letters to reflect that.

I’ve been researching fall quotes and poems like the ever popular and lovely..

Aren’t you glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?

By the lovable and entertaining Anne of Green Gables.

Writing letters, to some people might seem like a thing of the past, especially because of all of the electronic devices these days, but it’s SO enjoyable to write and receive letters in the mail.

Without further adieu…

I don’t particularly love orange, but when it comes to fall it fits perfectly! Adding little leaves and subtle things like that at little fun touches to letters.

One thing I’ve learned is that making your address and your return address designs and styles the same looks really pretty and uniform.

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Autumnal colored wax seals make every thing fun. I love mixing brown and red and orange and yellow. Brown envelopes look really nice this time of year (they’re actually my favorite for any time), with the reds and yellows and oranges.

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This was a fun portion of a Robert Frost poem. I used watercolor with this one. I LOVE LEAVES! (:

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Same thing here, watercolor leaves and brush lettering.

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Now, this isn’t particularly fall-like, but my good friend and pen-pal Sammi and I are doing a letter theme: Things with wheels. I guess one wheel counts? Hehe.

Themes are really fun between letters. My friend Alex and I are doing one verse from each book of the bible, taking turns, in order, all the way through. (WHEW! XD) It’s really fun! I’ve done holidays before, States in order, Songs starting with each letter in the alphabet, and flowers. It’s fun, and It keeps you thinking about the next letter!

The memory ones, like bible verses or holidays or songs are fun, because you get to research!

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Washi tape, oh how I love thee! Hobby Lobby, you guys, is the washi tape castle! (Oh my. Hmm… how do you like spurt of the moment naming? XD) I love the plaids and solids. (My washi tapes: Glitter and Plaid: Target dollar section. Red: Hobby Lobby, Yellow: Peach and Poppy‘s Autumn Snail mail kit, to which I was honored to help with 😊)

It’s fun for design, sealing, and just a pretty factor! AH!

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Colored pens! For designing envelope art and doing brush lettering. (Pens top: Tombow dual brush pens. Bottom pens: Sakura Koi brush pens. Orange seen on first envelope(: )

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I love putting stickers on the envelopes or as gifts inside. I feel like stickers, pretty ones, are becoming popular these days, and it’s so fun to decorate with them.

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Including fun things, such as word search, stickers, vintage postcards and stamps, poems, ribbon, bracelets, gum, washi tape, music, pictures, quotes, etc. are a fun way to spruce up letters and make them fun for the receiver. These word search puzzles are at dollar tree! Little things you collect or have can always be used. It’s so fun!

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I hope you enjoyed this Autumnal post! Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me in the comments below, or here.

Have a beautifully wonderful Autumn day!

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Do you write letters? What did you like most in this post? To you like sending things in letters? What is your fall like this year?

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?

A Collection // Letter Art and Other Things

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This is a good day, isn’t it?

Summer is most assuredly here.

It’s proven in the sky. Well, um, the heat. It is rather hot. (:

Well, today is a day for art and things related! I have collected a few photos of letter art and some watercolorings and such. Let’s go, shall we?

I’ve been doing a lot of floral lately around the address and such.

I have a few questions about my one little yellow rose in the corner… XD

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I have been making a few envelopes lately and it’s fun to use different scrapbook paper. I  had this little “counting my blessings” sticker and I thought that would be a fun address sticker. (I’ve found it’s a tidbit difficult to write on this particular paper(: )

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A little collection of a letter. I like sticking with a color theme for letters. I always like collecting little things like bookmarks, cute notecards, stickers, quotes, paintings, it’s fun to fill a letter with doo-da’s(:

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Yellow has been a cheery color to me lately and I’ve been using it a lot. I like sunflowers a lot, so yellow + sunflowers, hmm? hmm? (:

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A friend of mine had a birthday, so I made her a card. I stuck pretty simple for this one, but I enjoyed how it came out. Do you watercolor?

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My friend Laura wondered if I would like to write three letters to some elderly people in an assisted living home, so I said yes! (: I made three different letters. Thanks, Laura! ‘Twas fun(:

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I’ve been cutting pages of multi-media paper in half and doing watercolor borders. It adds a little somthin’ somthin’ (:

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Sorry about the strange lighting. O.o

You know something that’s a little (fun, but) difficult? Teeth and watercolor. It’s a little tricky to make it look like teeth! Over all, I like how she turned out.

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A tree.

A watercolor tree. (:

Trees are tricky! (alliteration)

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Quotes/verses on ATC’s are a fun thing to add in a letter. (Also fun to make!)

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This is one of my favorite verses, and I thought I’d try a large-scale painting.

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Someone asked me for a painting of a cake, so I made one(: Mm… now I want cake!

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We also went to a Atlanta Braves game, to which my camera was present. We had the next row down from the highest seats. O.o My stomach got a little knotted up, ’twas quite high(:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this art post, and I hope you’re having a great day!

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Do you watercolor? What’s your most used art supply? Do you write letters (contact(: )? Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite baseball team?

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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Adventures In… Letter Art (and other things)

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Hello Everyone!

Are you all enjoying Spring?

I have written lots of letters lately, and I love doing art on the cards and envelopes, and I thought y’all might like to take a peek!

I do lots of different styles, but they all mainly include brush lettering and/or watercolor.

Bible verses are some of my favorite things to put on cards. They’re fun to look up, fun to write, and they look nice on cards(:

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I really like to use watercolor and quotes in the making of my cards. I have a section in my bullet journal where I stash my favorite quotes and I have another journal that I write down my favorite verses in. It helps to write these things down so you don’t have to go ‘a searchin’😁

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I really like drawing scenes in colored pencil as well. (Sorry, this one isn’t my greatest😆)

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Themed cards and envelopes are really fun to do.

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Doing a outline around the addresses and stamp with a theme (ex. leaves or black lines like in picture 3) can add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to your envelopes.

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ATC’s! My favorite(:

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Well, that wraps it up for this (shorter) post. I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know which envelope/other was your favorite, I’d love to know!

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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What was your favorite? What’s the longest letter you’ve ever written (mine was ten pages–yesterday!)? Do you have a pen-pal?

 

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?

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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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, #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

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