Now I know how to use the pens……


Do you have things in your craft cupboard that you bought way back when, never really knew what to do with, forgot about and then re-instated when you found the right way to use them?

I do exactly that. πŸ˜„

I can’t remember exactly when it was but a few years ago I bought a pack of Papermania Metallic brush pens from the DoCrafts range.

They are lovely colours but at the time I didn’t really know what to with them except ‘colour in’ πŸ˜‚

They lived in the cupboard and in a draw and I recently remembered I had them whilst working on a project with my other TomBow brush markers.

If you are a new reader of my blog (welcome, thank you for taking a look) I am teaching myself Calligraphy and have been using various books for reference on the different letter styles.

Calligraphy is so diverse and you can also use the technique of “thin line on the upward stroke and thick line on the downward stroke” with brush pens too.

So….getting to my point….. having remembered I had my metallic pens I decided to try out a few Christmas cards with brush lettering, using the calligraphy tips I have been learning.

I think these have worked out quite well, what do you think?;

Trial run on purple card

I created these pieces on various coloured card, first writing out the main message.

Once the lettering was dry I then went around one side of each letter ‘dabbing’ small dots in a line around the edge of each letter, using a contrasting colour.

I had seen similar styles on Instagram so thought I would try and put my slant on it, I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out.

Which craft products do you have that were bought but not yet used, popped on a shelf for another day/project?

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

A little festive lettering cheer


Here’s another quick post to spread a little festive lettering cheer.

I created this piece using metallic brush markers in purple and silver on red card.

I first wrote out the ‘Merry & Bright’, straight into the card, you know me, I very rarely draw a piece out in pencil first πŸ˜‚

I then went around the right hand side of each letter, with my silver pen, making little dots.

The picture was edited using the Hootsuite Enhance app.

Thank you for reading and Happy crafting! πŸŽ„

My Instagram craft inspirations


I’ve always been quite β€˜arty’ in that I make cards, sew, crochet etc. but over the last year I feel as though my crafts have developed further.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I want to take my crafting on to the next step now, get my name out there, maybe even a craft fair or getting commissioned to do a project.

This past year I have been using social media a lot more with Twitter  & my blog.

One platform I particularly like/appreciate is Instagram.

I realised yesterday that I have been using Instagram for 7 months now. In that time I have been so inspired by all of the wonderful work I have seen that I have:

1) Taken up Watercolour colour painting


2) Tried my hand at galaxy painting 

My favourite of my galaxy paintings

3) Started flower drawing

4) And my biggest accomplishment over the last 7 months is teaching myself Calligraphy 

Instagram has been such a source of inspiration over the last 7 months. I hope that some of my posts have inspired people to try crafts too.

I would also like to achieve this with my blog, so I hope I can share crafty techniques for people to use to create their own beautiful projects. My blog is now 3 months old and I so I hope to develop this further too.

 Over on my Instagram post from today I have also posted links to a few of the many artists who have inspired me so far.

Do you have social media accounts where you find inspiration? Or maybe a different medium?

I’d love to know if you’d be happy to share, feel free to leave a comment.

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

My Instagram Calligraphy challenge

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I recently posted a blog post aboutΒ Having another Calligraphy Breakthrough πŸ™‚

I felt like I was on a bit of a roll & so wanted to keep practising but needed something else to write.

I also have an Instagram account, which I use a lot πŸ˜‚. If you are not familiar with Instagram it has the facility for you to be able to post a message, picture etc and it is only visible for 24 hours. This is called a Story & is visible to everyone using the app.

I post a few Instagram stories, usually to let people know I have a new blog post up.

Recently a feature was added where you can conduct a poll on your story and the app collects the data for you, showing you who has voted.

And so…I thought….An Instagram poll….To keep practising my calligraphy….πŸ’‘ I wonder if people would like their names written in calligraphy and posted to my feed?

So I set to work on story post;


My Instagram story poll

It was a success I think. I had 4 people reply to the story with a ‘Yes’, 2 people contact me directly and 1 person via my Instagram posts. Β By the way, the back ground to my story image is my thigh in blue jeans. πŸ˜‚

Here are a few of the names I wrote out and posted to my page.


I must admit it was really useful to do as a practice exercise as I had to think about not only the person’s name but how to layout the letters and where the flourishes could go.

All pieces were done using my pointed pen with my Brause nib in Red calligraphy ink. I wrote everything out on dotted paper, which not only helps me to get better at sizing my letters but also means I don’t have to draw pencil lines πŸ˜‚

I then edited the photos (taken with my phone) using the Hootsuite enhance app.

These are the final shots I posted on my Instagram feed, but I have to confess a few of my practice runs went in the bin in frustration πŸ˜†

What sort of text do you use to practice your lettering?

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and Happy Crafting!

I can’t post a video here but…….


Today I’ve posted a β€˜how to’ video on my Instagram page, a how to crochet 😊 

Something a little different for me, but as well as papercraft and painting I crochet too.

I’m in the middle of a baby blanket for a friend and thought I would post a quick 60 second how to.

If you’d like to see it check out my Instagram link

Feel free to leave me a comment on either platform 😊 

Happy crafting!