Whether you need a travel pincushion for commutes, vacation, or just for cuteness, this simple hand lettered and embroidered tutorial will give you a nice little solution!
There's something about a fresh and brand new watercolor set that is so beautiful and so satisfying!
This is so silly, but I purchased this Prima watercolors 12-pan set back when I had my bachelorette party (a watercolor for beginners party at a Paper Source store)—and that was back in September (it's been 5 months…). I didn't open it because I had grand plans to do an unboxing video (and made it out to be more difficult than it ended up being, tenfold).
Well, over the weekend I got my hands dirty so I could play with my new present to myself—finally!
Each pan is individually wrapped in cellophane and then a layer of paper to show you what the color name is. It was a bit tedious to unwrap, but worth it in the end.
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The tin itself is pretty darn cool because it offers three full areas for paint mixing—the top lid, the bottom fold-out lid, and you can even lift up the pans that are seated in a removable tray and use the bottom of the pan, too. It's a pretty versatile design for the package and would be easy to replace colors later down the road when they run out.
There's even a nice little metal loop at the back of the tin for those who paint on the go.
Quick recommendation: Don't try to peel off the pink Prima sticker on the front of the tin; it doesn't come off easily. I need to soak it in some Goo-Gone or something like that now.
The colors are beautifully saturated and offer a nice range of tints when mixed with more water. Overall the 12 pans offer a very nice range of fun, cheerful colors that all fit very well together.
In the video I go into more depth about showing you which colors are similar to one another (there are quite a few) but I wouldn't say it would stop me from buying the set again.
Some of the colors seem a bit gloopy with their pigmentation, but none of the colors are chalky like less expensive watercolors can be. So it's just a trade-off.
Overall I really like this set and can see it being the only set I travel with or throw in my backpack if I'm feeling artsy.
Here's the full unboxing video! Please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit like on the video. A whole list of art supplies and resources shown in this video can be found on my resources page.
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It felt so good to paint and letter over the weekend—I forgot how fun and relaxing it can be to put pen to paper and be creative in that way.
What are you doing for yourself lately to relax and unwind?
There are lots of happy accidents when it comes to creative work! I'm not sure how I did this, but one day I had my inking Pentel Aquash water brushes out and I also had watercolor out, and I decided to dip the tip of my ink brush into the watercolor. I loved the results and wanted to share with you how I achieve this effect!
In this video tutorial I'll show you a quick tip on how to center your brush calligraphy on your paper. While you can certainly bring your work into your computer and edit it later, sometimes it's nice to get it all done properly in one sitting (especially if you have to—for a commissioned piece or something you want to hang immediately).
In today's post and video I'll show you how to draw joins and letter pairs with brush calligraphy and brush lettering. In previous posts I've talked about basic strokes and drawing individual letters, but now it's time to learn how to join these letters together so you can create beautiful seamless brush calligraphy.
In this post, I'll walk you through how to get started with brush lettering. This post includes a video tutorial to help you learn the 8 basic strokes needed to create brush calligraphy letters. These basic strokes are fantastic to learn now, so you can practice them with lettering drills and help to perfect your brushed letters.
Want to learn, develop, and practice brush lettering? Here's a video showing you how to do just that, while using the free cursive handwriting worksheets I shared last week. You can easily start to develop your style by learning 5 new cursive styles, applying brush lettering techniques, and practicing until these letters become committed to your memory.
Creating your own hand lettered blog header is a lot easier than it sounds. Plus, it's fun! There's something super rewarding in getting your hands dirty and creating your own blog graphics. There are a lot of hand lettering styles you can try to create your blog header. For this tutorial, I'll be working with the popular handwritten style, because I think it's a great personalized option for lifestyle blogs. Learn how to add black and white lettering, or even colorize your work to match your blog's color scheme!
You love the idea of hand lettering and calligraphy. Maybe you want to include your handwriting on some of your blog graphics, or maybe you just want to be able to send a handwritten thank you note that looks like it was written by an adult. But your handwriting is less-than-pleasing looking. In fact, it may be downright atrocious. Here are practical tips for how to improve your handwriting.