Well, that's it--now I need to find a calligraphy class! Today's lessons over at the Watercolor Online Card Class were all about freestyle techniques--watercoloring without the use of stamps. As you can imagine, the challenge to paint without any 'help' is kind of intimidating! One of the lessons focused on using one's own handwriting so that was the one I attempted first. I would like to learn more about particular brushes and the advantages over one or another but I will admit I have fast-forwarded through some of the videos and may have missed that--will definitely go back and review them when I have more time. That's one of the great things about the classes over at Online Card Classes--everything is archived so you can go back to lessons whenever you want! I pretty much just experimented tonight using several brushes on some scrap paper and ended up using a small round brush though I wasn't that thrilled with my lack of control while writing the letters. I will have to take time to practice controlling the brush as I paint so that I can get the line width I am wanting instead of just ending up with whatever happens on accident :) I started by creating a watercolor background on a piece of watercolor paper using some inks from my Pelikan watercolor set. Once that dried, I added the lettering with black ink from the same watercolor set. I did not sketch it in pencil first and probably should have--my 'a' was a little too small and I probably could have avoided that by sketching the letters first. Next time I will take the time to do that. That card overall is a little plain, but I am pleased with my first lettering attempt and will definitely keep practicing! Check out Jennifer Rzasa's blog--she's one of the instructors of the class and has lots of great work she shares! Thanks for popping by!
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