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Friday, 11 April 2014

Lettering and Hafiz

As an art journaler I sometimes like to add quotes & thoughts to my pieces. But, like a lot of people, I find my handwriting messy and quite often end up resorting to using Photoshop to add words.

Like this.

I made the background using glimmer mists and Dr P.H. Martin Bombay inks (which are permanent) along with stencils, some acrylics, gesso and modelling paste.

Afterwards I scanned it and added the quote with Photoshop.

I loved the process of making the background but I felt like I'd cheated with the words.











Then my copy of Joanne Sharpe's new book - The Art of Whimsical Lettering arrived.

It's packed full of ideas and exercises to help with your lettering so I set to straight away and began practising, practising, practising.

And after a few days I felt confident to try another quote from Hafiz on a background I'd made at the same time as the previous one.

I didn't cheat. And it turned out OK.

Do you like your writing? What books have inspired you to try something you were afraid of? What have you practised every day and then felt able to try?



40 comments:

  1. Ohhh, that's nice that you've decided to try! You have been lovely, both the background .... like lettering made ​​by you!
    I think, that we have much in and we have to decide to remove it!

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    1. Thank you Gloria. The second part of your comment leaves me a little mystified but I'm OK with that!

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    2. Jajaja...
      Sorry! I am translating to "google translator" and now I realize that it has been translated badly!! Tomorrow I will ask my child support and I will make the comment again.

      Now I see what I've written is nonsense. Sorry again!
      ;)))

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    3. I love your lettering. Joanne Sharpe helpt you to realize what you have inside. You just had to decide to project it.

      I think that, with my son's help, i managed to express what i wonted.
      ;)
      Hugs

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    4. Ah Glòria - thank you SO much for taking the time to get your son to translate. I think you are brave, charming and wonderful for doing so and really appreciate your time and effort! I only hope my comment didn't offend you. I can guarantee you are infinitely better at my language than I am at yours! Much love and light to you and your family. xxx

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  2. When you have created a lovely background it is scary to think that you may spoil it with your writing but I much prefer handwritten to using a computer. Thank you for your visit.

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  3. I think your lettering looks fabulous on this beautiful page.
    Thank you for stopping by earlier.
    xx Monique

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    1. My pleasure Monique, and thank you!

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  4. I do exactly what you do adding it digitally. Then I took Joannes class on lettering but I`m still not brave enough. I need her book!! I need to spend more time on it! Very pretty journal pages!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. I haven't taken one of her classes so I'm not sure what the overlap is. One of my ways of practising is to scan then print a background on normal computer paper and do my lettering on that. I don't feel so precious then. Thanks for your sweet comment.

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  5. Oh, I'm enjoying working through that book at the moment, too. Your lettering looks great! I like the look of handwriting on a page because it has those small imperfections that you don't get when you use a computer font.

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    1. It's a good one isn't it! And you're so right about the small imperfections. Thanks so much for your comments.

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  6. Gorgeous work..powerful..magical and inspiring..beautifully done!!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you Victoria, how lovely to inspire others.

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  7. really nice; have a good weekend

    much love...

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  8. Beautiful bright color and texture in these! It's also the second time this week someone has mentioned the Joanne Sharpe book, so clearly that requires more investigation!

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    1. If you don't like your writing it's certainly worth a look. Thank you for your beautiful bright comments!

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  9. I don't like my writing either. I LOVE yours! I think your first one was great just as the second one was. Thank you for visiting me and it seems we have some of the same processes when creating backgrounds. Yours are so beautiful. I haven't added words to anything that I want to show, except for some beginning drawings of faces a couple years ago. Maybe I need that book??? Have a great weekend. Hugs!

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    1. It's definitely worth it if you feel uncomfortable with your writing. Thank you for your LOVEly comments.

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  10. Beautiful page, and I love the quote! Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie, I think Hafiz has some pretty special ways of saying things.

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  11. Beautiful backgrounds and lovely writing on your page. I enjoyed reading your earlier post about all your transparent loves that come together in your art. I have taken a couple of Joanne Sharpe's online classes and now I am a lot happier with my writing.

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    1. Thank you for reading this post Lynette, and my one about transparent loves. I'm a lot happier with my writing since working through the book too. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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  12. Love your backgrounds and the Hafiz poetry, new to me. Wish I had read this post before posting my work . The writing I did on the canvas, although a rough draft would have looked so much better with an interesting font…... Need to practice : )

    Annabelle

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comments Annabelle... I think practise is probably the key to pretty much anything!

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  13. Your pages are wonderful! I love the colors (and that pods stencil is one of my FAVORITES). I just wrote a review of this same book - it has already helped me on my own handwriting for sure. Your writing in the second page looks awesome!!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, (I really hope I can call you wonderstrumpet though!) Your comments are wonderful.

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  14. Great backgrounds and colours and I definitely have a phobia about writing on my pages.......lol Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Annette - I hope you overcome your phobia soon!

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  15. That is a terrific page and the quote is perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate you taking the time.

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  16. How gorgeous! The backgrounds are colorful and glorious. I sooo want to get that lettering book. It looks like it would be very helpful.

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    1. Thank you for your gorgeous comment. I can't recommend the book highly enough!

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  17. I don't think there's any such thing as cheating in art. I think you made a choice based on what you thought would make your artwork look its best. I don't see anything wrong with that. I like both of your pieces. :) I often use printed out words in my art journals. I've never thought of it as cheating.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comment Katherine. I too use printed out words at times, it was more the manipulating it on the computer rather than by hand that I was talking about. However, everyone has different views and in the end it's about doing what you yourself are comfortable with.

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  18. Wonderful art pages. The colors are exotic. Love them
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful & exotic comment!

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