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Place Card and Greeting Card Tutorial [GraphicStock]

Jessie Chen2 Comments

Hey all!

I wanted to share two very easy projects with you using my GraphicStock subscription. The first is a place card that can be used for any dinner party or event but takes very little time. The second project I worked on was a greeting card. If you're interested in downloading the lettering I created for this card, scroll down below!

Get your exclusive 7 day free trial to GraphicStock here:
http://graphicstock.com/InkerellaCards_0617

Vintage Rose Illustration can be found here: https://goo.gl/aC6G3w

Abstract Wave Pattern can be found here: https://goo.gl/Y78HRG

Supplies

• Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110 lbs —— https://goo.gl/46kGtK

• Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Hard Tip —— https://goo.gl/HRf8i7

• Slider Writer —— https://goo.gl/kGDTs8

• Therm O Web Deco Foil—— https://goo.gl/T0DNI2

• Heidi Swapp Minc Machine —— https://goo.gl/etF9Zm

Disclosure

This video is sponsored by GraphicStock. Regarding the other materials that I use in this video, they are products that I enjoy using. I do not work for these companies nor did they ask me to promote these products.

[Watch Me Draw] Disney Series- Moana

VideosJessie ChenComment

Hi everyone!

I'm starting to get more consistent on YouTube again and have added to my "Watch Me" series! I made a bunch of videos on Disney lettering last spring when I visited Disneyland for the first time and I have FINALLY come around to posting them! I started with Moana because that was the most recent Disney film I watched (which is the only video I filmed recently). It's easily become one of my favorite soundtracks! I hope you enjoy :)

Supplies

• Strathmore 140 lbs Cold Press Watercolor Paper —— https://goo.gl/i2N63P

• Peerless Watercolors —— https://goo.gl/9MbHvv

• Pentel Aquash Waterbrushes —— http://goo.gl/9vbKrh

• Artist’s Loft Script Liner Brush —— https://goo.gl/nbs9sl

• Winsor & Newton Cotman Round Brush —— https://goo.gl/wslz11

Embossing Pen Review

Videos, Product ReviewJessie ChenComment

Hi everyone!

I did a review of the Zig Emboss Pen and the Versamarker! I show what the result of each pen looks like and the pros and cons of each. Check it out!

Supplies

• Neenah Gray 120 lbs Paper —— https://goo.gl/KJzPu1

• Zig Emboss Pen —— https://goo.gl/5YinFV

• Versamarker Embossing Pen —— https://goo.gl/fouO1h

• Recollections Heating Tool —— In-store Michaels purchase

Place Card and Lettering with GraphicStock Images

Jessie ChenComment

Hi all!

I made a place card and lettering tutorial using illustrations and vectors from GraphicStock, check it out!

Supplies

• GraphicStock Nebula & Wreath Images —— https://goo.gl/W2qJKf
• Gold Sharpie [Medium] —— https://goo.gl/P2hU8p
• Pentel Sign Pen —— http://goo.gl/EmsJPV
• Wescott T-Square Ruler —— http://goo.gl/aGGSdc
• Martha Stewart Crafts Bone Folder—— https://goo.gl/f0Lvuq
• Neenah Solar White 120 lbs —— https://goo.gl/xfEK1Z

Disclosure

This video was sponsored by GraphicStock.

Music:
Title: PACIFIC SUN
Artist: Nicolai Heidlas Music

Pentel Aquash Waterbrush Giveaway!

Jessie Chen2 Comments

Hi all!

Pentel was kind enough to send me some of their Aquash Waterbrushes to give away to you lovely folks! I have been so blessed with the amount of support that I've been getting from everyone from my YouTube, Insta, and Facebook calligrafriends! My previous giveaways have just been on Instagram but I wanted to open it up to those who also follow me on other platforms! 

The giveaway starts today and will last for a week until August 6th! There will be 3 winners who will each receive a 3-pack Aquash Waterbrush Set. You will be granted up to 4 entries to win (see below). Unfortunately this will be limited to U.S. only, I'm sorry!

Thanks for all the love and support, everyone! 

 

 

Announcement: Brush Calligraphy Guides

Jessie Chen16 Comments

Hey everyone, I've got great news...

I've got brush calligraphy guide sheets for all! 

Just make sure you sign up for my mailing list to get notifications as they get released! If you're on a computer, you can find the mailing list sign up on the right. If you're on your phone, scroll all the way down to fine the mailing list form.

Letter with you soon!!!

Love,
Jessie

 

Free Summer Treat Tags :)

FreebiesJessie ChenComment

Hi all!

So summer vacation has officially started for me! On the last day of school, I gave cookies to some coworkers and attached these tags with their name on it. Wanted to share the .png file for those who were interested. You could cut out the cards on the line like I did or you could fold some of them in half to staple over a treat bag as well! Click the button below for a free printable download :)

Felt Tip Brush Calligraphy Drills

Videos, TutorialsJessie ChenComment

Hi all!

Today I'm sharing brush calligraphy drills using felt tip brush pens/markers. I use them a lot but feel like I haven't done a lot of tutorials on it and it hasn't gotten much love on my YouTube. I hope you enjoy!

Supplies

• Muji Dotted A5 Notebook —— https://goo.gl/6yfCpf

• Zebra Fine Point Brush Pen ——  https://goo.gl/JfFKH8

• Platinum Brush Pen ——  https://goo.gl/C8CKhy

Gradient Brush Lettering

Jessie ChenComment

Hi all!

Today I'm going to be sharing how to use liquid watercolors to do gradient brush lettering. This technique is great for using both pan or liquid watercolors, although it is easier/more convenient to use this method with liquid watercolors. It's a super fun method and I hope you get a chance to try it!

Note: If you're watching this on the blog, please excuse the typo on the intro sequence! I fixed it on YouTube, but it doesn't show up on an embedded video.

Supplies

• Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors —— https://goo.gl/lIrvXB

• Strathmore 140 lbs Watercolor Paper —— https://goo.gl/AhUZc1

• Daiso Watercolor Palette and Pipette —— Found in stores (vary by location)

• Pentel Aquash Waterbrushes —— https://goo.gl/FXqyVX

Watch Me Write: Brush Lettering

Jessie Chen2 Comments

Hey all!

I've made another Watch Me Write brush lettering video--this time using Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors! I've learned from my last video to write out the phrases on a piece of paper before writing them in calligraphy, pointed pen or otherwise (no matter how short the phrase may be). It will be in real time again so that you might get a feel for how long this really takes :)

Supplies


• Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors —— https://goo.gl/lIrvXB

• Strathmore 140 lbs Watercolor Paper —— https://goo.gl/AhUZc1

• Daiso Watercolor Palette —— Found in stores (vary by location)

• Pentel Aquash Waterbrushes —— https://goo.gl/FXqyVX

Using Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors with Pointed Pen

Tutorials, VideosJessie ChenComment

Hi all!

It's good to be back! My husband got a new camera for me to record my YouTube videos and I was so amazed by the result that I couldn't wait to share this with everyone. It took me awhile to get off my butt and start the editing process. Then it took *days* for the video to get uploaded onto YouTube (that was my bad) and when it finally got uploaded, lo and behold... a spelling error on the actual lettering.

Why I didn't catch this the thousand times I had to look at it while I was editing the video? I do not know. I only know this: I am dumb.

So in short, sorry for the ridiculous of this would-be inspirational quote: "don't just fly sore" :P

Supplies

  • Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors —— https://goo.gl/lIrvXB
  • Strathmore 140 lbs Watercolor Paper  —— https://goo.gl/AhUZc1
  • Daiso Watercolor Palette —— Found in stores (vary by location)
  • Brause Rose Nib —— https://goo.gl/aoQPqK
  • Tachikawa Straight Nib Holder —— https://goo.gl/uFZ3h1
  • Pentel Aquash Waterbrushes —— https://goo.gl/FXqyVX

Brush Lettering Basics (with Watercolor)

Jessie Chen1 Comment

Hi all!

Today I'm here to share how I practice brush lettering drills with watercolors! It's been quite a long time since I've updated the blog and made a YouTube video but I've enjoyed doing it so much! If you've always wondered what you could do to improve your brush lettering or what to do to even get started, tune in!

Supplies

• Bee Paper, Aquabee Watercolor Paper —— https://goo.gl/uFZ3h1
• Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors—— https://goo.gl/ZqNDnY
• Pentel Aquash Waterbrush —— https://goo.gl/rlXGgH
• Daiso Watercolor Pans

How to Develop Your Own Style

Tutorials, ReflectionJessie Chen2 Comments

Hello Readers!

I think it's been quite a long while since I've written my last blog entry (and I'm not counting video blogs), so hola!

I thought I'd deviate from the usual weekly video and offer something different! I've gotten a lot of questions regarding calligraphy style and how someone might start to develop his/her own style of writing. Modern calligraphy is great because it's so free and there are many differences in everyone's style of writing from whimsical to elegant to delicate--there are little nuances that really make a calligraphy lettering style unique!

Everyone develops their style in different ways, and I'm just here to share how it happened for me. So here are a few tips on how I've learned how to write like ME.

Recreation of a quote from the book Think Happy, Be Happy

Get the Basics Down

The first thing that I would have to suggest before even thinking about lettering style is getting comfortable and well-acquainted with writing with a pointed pen. This means doing calligraphy drill work, practicing thin and thick strokes, working on individual letters, transitioning between letters, spacing between words, you name it! 

It may not be fun all the time (well for me, it was most of the time hehe), but building a strong foundation in the act of writing with a pointed pen is so crucial in being able to write with ease. You don't want to have to pour all of your mental focus on the fundamentals of writing while you're crafting your calligraphy style. So practice, practice, practice!

Watch the above video and other videos of me doing letter drills on Instagram! My handle is @Inkerellcards or you can search for #inkerellaabcs for the videos of calligraphy letters I did for the #handletteredabcs challenge!

Have At Least a Few Models

I'll admit, when I first started, all I wanted was to have my writing look "JUST LIKE _____'S" I wasn't even thinking of developing my own style because I was sure that I wouldn't be satisfied with a style that I created on my own. 

I started off really wanting to write like Molly Suber Thorpe because she's amazing and her writing is gorgeous. Plus, her book was the first one that I had bought and read to learn about modern calligraphy! So when I first started writing, I used the examples in her book as a model for how to write my letters. The words that I wrote looked really different from hers even though I used her letters as models for what I wanted mine to look like. Eventually, I started to tweak elements of my writing to fit in other elements. Some of the elements were things that came about from playing around with different styles and other elements were from other calligraphers on IG (e.g., "I love the way he writes his s", "her e's look so stylish").

Over time, I realized that there was a gradual shift from wanting it to look like someone else's writing, to wanting it to look unique to my writing style.

Continue to Evolve

My calligraphy style now is actually different from what it was a few months ago! It's important to keep learning and growing and shifting. I fully expect my writing style to change again--it might not be as dramatic as it was when I first started but as I'm learning and being inspired by fellow calligraphers, I don't expect to stay where I am stylistically. 

Isn't that crazy?

I hope that this was helpful to anyone who might be looking to define their own calligraphy style! Good luck :)

-Jessie

How to Prepare a Nib for Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Jessie ChenComment

Hi al!!

Today I'm sharing how I prepare a nib for pointed pen calligraphy! There are different ways of doing this, but I am going to share the 3-step method that I use (you don't even need to do all 3!)

1. Dunk in boiling water

2. Scrub with toothpaste

3. Use my spit

See below for the really short video:

Supplies

• Bee Paper, Aquabee Watercolor Paper —— https://goo.gl/uFZ3h1
• Higgins Eternal Black Ink —— https://goo.gl/uTVuOM
• Zebra G Nib —— https://goo.gl/BRr0rg
• Speedball Nib Holder —— https://goo.gl/FXqyVX

Calligraphy Starter Tools

VideosJessie ChenComment

Hi all!

Since I've gotten a lot of questions from people just starting calligraphy, I wanted to share a brief video on the tools that I recommend when you're first starting to learn calligraphy!

Supplies


• Higgins Eternal Black Ink —— https://goo.gl/uTVuOM
• Muji Dotted A5 Notebook —— https://goo.gl/6yfCpf
• Zebra G Nib —— https://http://goo.gl/BRr0rg
• Speedball Oblique Holder —— http://goo.gl/WXvnKF
• Speedball Nib Holder —— https://goo.gl/FXqyVX

Cardmaking using Watercolors and Pointed Pen Calligraphy

Jessie ChenComment

Hi my favorite people!

Today I am sharing a video of how to use the techniques demonstrated in my previous videos:

Using Masking Fluid with Calligraphy and Watercolor

Watercolor Calligraphy with Pointed Pen

Hope that you enjoy the video! :)

Supplies

• Pelikan Watercolor Set—— https://goo.gl/0JQ5Sb
• Strathmore 140 lbs Watercolor Paper—— https://goo.gl/DTShC9
• Princeton Select Round Tip Brush —— https://goo.gl/4ZfVUl
• Zebra G Nib —— https://goo.gl/BRr0rg
• Speedball Nib Holder —— https://goo.gl/FXqyVX
• Neenah Desert Storm —— https://goo.gl/NfbfAs
• Painters Tape —— https://goo.gl/STVDfH

Watercolor Calligraphy with Pointed Pen

Jessie Chen2 Comments

Hello all!

I wanted to share a youtube tutorial on how I used watercolors when I am doing calligraphy with pointed pen. It creates such a unique and delicate style when writing in calligraphy, which is why I love it so much! 

I show how I use 2 colors to create gradients within a word or phrase. Hope you enjoy the video!

Supplies

• Pelikan Watercolor Set—— https://goo.gl/0JQ5Sb
• Strathmore 140 lbs Watercolor Paper—— https://goo.gl/DTShC9
• Princeton Select Round Tip Brush —— https://goo.gl/4ZfVUl
• Zebra G Nib —— https://http://goo.gl/BRr0rg
• Speedball Nib Holder —— https://http://goo.gl/FXqyVX

Watch Me Write with a Brush

Jessie ChenComment

Hey Lovelies!

I have posted my Thursday YouTube vide of the week! It's not the typical tutorial video that I've been posting but hope that this is relaxing and enjoying in its own way :)

Supplies

• Bee Paper, Aquabee Watercolor Paper —— https://goo.gl/uFZ3h1
• Pelikan Watercolor Set—— https://goo.gl/0JQ5Sb
• Princeton Select Round Tip Brush —— https://goo.gl/4ZfVUl
• PaperMate Clear Point Clickster —— https://goo.gl/K4Qmu2
• Westcott C-Thru Junior T-Square Ruler —— https://goo.gl/noEEYu

Lefty Calligraphy Without the Mess!

Jessie ChenComment

Hi all!

If you're a lefty and you've always wanted to try calligraphy but didn't because of your handedness, don't fear! Lefties can do calligraphy too!

Today, I'm going to share with you some tips and tricks on how to write with both a pointed pen and brush pen without getting ink stains on the side of your hand (truly one of our biggest annoyances). 

I hope that was helpful and entertaining at the same time! :) 

Jessie

Using Gouache to Make Calligraphy Ink Colors (bonus video: how to mix different mediums)

Tutorials, VideosJessie ChenComment

Hi Lovelies

I've got another video today to show you how I like to mix my gouache in order to make different colored inks for calligraphy! 

At the end of the video, I have another bonus video. This time, I'm gonna show you how to mix different mediums (metallic watercolor + Walnut Ink, Pearl Ex + Walnut Ink to be exact) to create fun and unique looks!

P.S. Please excuse any weird audio inconsistencies! 

Thanks in advance for watching! Let me know what you think :) And please share: what do you want to learn about next?

Supplies

• Daiso Acryl Gouache —— Not Available Online
• (Emptied) Speedball Ink Pots —— https://goo.gl/aoQPqK
• Muji Dotted Notebook —— https://goo.gl/4cmjpb
• Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White —— https://goo.gl/zST5jk
• US ArtQuest Jewelz Watercolor Palette—— https://goo.gl/EOe7CW
• Jacquard PearlEx Solar Gold —— https://goo.gl/zT8Q8n
• Walnut Ink —— https://goo.gl/PZOubw
• Hunt Ex Fine 215 Nib —— https://goo.gl/MBJrpR
• Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder —— https://goo.gl/ZSGldb