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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?


• Daiso Acryl Gouache —— Not Available Online
• (Emptied) Speedball Ink Pots ——
• Muji Dotted Notebook ——
• Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White ——
• US ArtQuest Jewelz Watercolor Palette——
• Jacquard PearlEx Solar Gold ——
• Walnut Ink ——
• Hunt Ex Fine 215 Nib ——
• Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder ——

Faux Calligraphy Tutorial (with bonus watercolor pencil technique)

Tutorials, VideosJessie Chen4 Comments

Hello again!

Today I want to share a quick and easy way to imitate pointed pen calligraphy if you don't have your typical calligraphy tools with you or if you're a beginner looking to try your hand at the modern calligraphy style. All it takes is a paper and pen!

At the end of the video, I will be sharing another way to faux calligraphy with watercolor pencils so make sure to stick around for that! :) 


• Zen Liner Paintbrush ——
• Muji 0.38 Gel Ink Pen ——
• Muji Dotted Notebook ——
• Derwent Inktense Pencils ——
• Bee Paper Aquabee Watercolor Paper ——
• Brause Rose Nib ——

Masking Fluid Tutorial with Calligraphy and Watercolor

Videos, TutorialsJessie Chen2 Comments

Hello all!

I wanted to share a quick video (and my very first!) on how I use masking fluid in my calligraphy using watercolor!

Let me know what you think of this technique and the other ways that you have used masking fluid, I would love to hear from you!


• Bee Paper Aquabee Watercolor Paper  ——
• Craft Smart All Purpose Brush Set  ——
• Pelikan Watercolor Opaque Set of 24  ——
• Pebeo Drawing Gum  ——
• Brause Rose Nib  ——
• 3M Painter's Tape, .94-Inch by 60-Yard  ——
• Recollections Embossing Heat Tool  ——


Recollections™ embossing powder: Carnelian {a review?}

Product ReviewJessie Chen6 Comments

Hello all!

Not sure this is a review, I purchased something that I wasn't completely happy with, so I figured that instead of just complaining, I might as well be constructive. I've recently been trying to branch out to different mediums for my cards (like exploring with distress inks and embossing paste) and my latest trip to Michael's, one I considered to be a "quick run", lasted for a full hour (eek!).

I restocked on essentials that I needed, but I also got a few things to play around with, like this embossing powder from Recollections™, which is a Michael's house brand. I put it in my basket and then back on the shelf about 5 times. My practical-self knew that it was probably going to be a waste of money but my naive-self kept saying, "but it's so red and pretty and I NEED IT".

Didn't know what carnelian was until I saw this- apparently, it's this dark coral, red-orange gemstone, and the powder also has a gold pearly shine.

This is what it looks like out of the container-- so bright!

Well I was swayed to side with my impulse-of-a-5-year-old-self and here we are. The look of the powder is dependent on the kind of card stock it's heat-set on. Here is a picture of the un-heated powder on three different colors of card stock (the ones that I use the most):

Look at that contrast on the black card stock!

Look at that contrast on the black card stock!

So far, I had high hopes. At this point, the only thing that I didn't like, was that even when I went over the area with some emboss-resistant powder (only on the white card stock), the Recollections™ powder left this iridescent gold residue behind. I didn't think much of it during these swatches, but I would've hated it on an actual card if I didn't intend to get any glitter on the rest of my project.

Pretty but annoying

Pretty but annoying

Time to heat-set, here are the results:

No more contrast on the black card stock :(  *womp womp*

No more contrast on the black card stock :(  *womp womp*

Something I noticed right away was that the level of opaqueness was not what I thought it would be, especially on the black card stock! I knew there was going to be gold sheen on top, but the color looks copper on the black and looks rust-colored on the craft card stock =/ 


But!!! I actually like it on the white card stock. The pictures really don't do it justice, the embossing is a poppy red with a pearly gold overtone on the white and it's very pretty :)

Another view with different stamps. You can definitely see the orange sheen on the black- *shakes fists* Michaeeeel's!!! 

Another view with different stamps. You can definitely see the orange sheen on the black- *shakes fists* Michaeeeel's!!! 

So there you have it. My mini-rant on a store brand product haha. I know that I was kind of asking for it, but oh well. Thanks so much for reading! If you have an embossing powder that you really like, let me know in the comments below! I am always willing to buy and try them out since I am in the process of expanding my embossing powder knowledge and collection! :)

Welcome to my blog!

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Hi all and welcome to inkerella!

Thank you for visiting my website and my blog :) My name is Jessie and I am so psyched to be writing this post right now! This blog will simply be a means of writing about my experiences in creating cards and the inspirations I find on the internet or in life. Although I can't promise that it'll be litter-free of random thoughts, I'll try my best to keep it interesting!

I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point by giving me the encouragement and input to kickstart this websitewithout you guys, would just look like this:

How sad does this look?

How sad does this look?

Be sure to check in every once in awhile for posts on my thoughts, ideas and inspirations! In the meantime, be sure to follow my Instagram for sneak peeks on what I'm working on. Take a look around and enjoy!