You know when sometimes you read something and it just connects with you? I read a quote on an Instagram feed recently – “let your smile change the world but never let the world change your smile” – Anonymous
I really liked it and thought ‘I’ll write that on a project at some point’
Well today was that day 😄. Over the weekend I posted a how-to of painting watercolour leaves – Leaf painting how-to blog post
I didn’t know what to do with the project at the end of it so I put it to one side and today, as I sat down at my craft desk, I saw the leaves, I saw the quote…,I thought a-ha! (Not a-ha the band from the 80’s although I love them too 😂)
Breaking all the rules again I put pen straight to watercolour paper, no guidelines, no pencil. I know I should plot things out first but I just wanted to free hand it today.
Free hand of the quote
I wrote out the quote in Faux Calligraphy with a Uniball 0.05 thickness fineliner in black.
I then went over the letters with a thicker Uniball 0.8 in black.
In Calligraphy you apply pressure to your nib on the downward strokes, to create a thicker line. I tried to imitate this with the fineliner, making the downward lines thicker as I went along.
Once the writing was finished it looked a little flat so I added some shading using a Tombow brush pen in N75 (light grey)
I struggle with adding shading, I’m never quite sure where to put the lines but I am quite pleased with how this came out, I think it adds a little depth.
Then for the photo. I decided to frame it, on a black background to highlight the text, stuck down with a small amount of tape.
I quite like the affect it has in the frame. As I mentioned in a previous post Frames do wonders 😁
Do you have a favourite quote that you like to add to your projects?
Or maybe a favourite quote that I could add into a project for you?
Thank you for reading and happy crafting!