What Lies Ahead…?!

At the beginning of the semester, for my ECMP355 learning project I decided to do calligraphy. Here is a link to one of the very first blog posts I made demonstrating my knowledge and where I was at before starting this learning journey! It was exciting to have the opportunity to learn something new based on your own interests.

I have been wanting to learn calligraphy for a while now and I’m happy to say that I feel as though I have improved from my daily hand writing, in my notes and sketchbooks, to actually knowing how to write in different forms/fonts of calligraphy with multiple mediums including pen, sharpies, brush pen and water colours.
Hand Lettering with a brush pen is also something I learned how to do throughout my learning project. I found it challenging at first, but I’m glad that I decided to take my learning project in a different direction by discovering and learning how to do calligraphy and hand lettering in a variety of ways, while using different mediums to create my pieces.

For my learning project I mainly used Instagram, Pinterest and  YouTube as resources to not only watch clips or videos on how to do calligraphy, hand lettering and brush lettering with water colours. These social networking platforms also gave me the inspiration to do my work and allowed me to connect with others.

Online Resources:

Throughout my learning project I followed two YouTube channels that helped me get started on calligraphy and also provided weekly videos on how to do certain techniques, using different types of pens or brushes and mediums.

How to Hand Letter: Easy Tutorials from Beginner to Pro!
– I enjoyed this YouTube channel as the lady would give basic instructions and describe each step slowly so it was easy to follow along. One thing that was interesting is how she also introduced how to do Hand Lettering on an iPad.

K Werner Designs is also another YouTube channel that I followed. I enjoyed how Kristina made a short video clip introducing herself and her card making business. Her channel featured a weekly post, where she would record herself doing some basic tips on how to do hand lettering. She would create videos based on the feedback she received from her followers and would give advice/answer questions or concerns that people may have encountered during their calligraphy work.

Here is a YouTube video of Kristina’s that I watched in order to help me with blending during my time learning how to do brush lettering with water colours.
More Brush Lettering: Blending with Tombow Markers – Kristina Werner

Hand lettering is definitely something I enjoy and hope to continue doing in the future, as it is calming and relaxing. My goal is to continue using and evolving the skills I have learned, as well to share my work and knowledge of it with others.
Here is one of my last pieces I decided to do expressing what I have learned not only through this course semester, but throughout my entire Educational Journey. Coming to a closure of my Education Degree, I have realized that my life is constantly changing and evolving based on the things I encounter daily.
“Learn for yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow” – Albert Einstein

These wise words give me confidence as I go into my teaching years. Not only is it important for me as an educator to help my students learn, but it is also important for me to learning alongside with my students.
The colours I used with a brush pen for this hand lettering piece are some of my favourite colours that are also known as tertiary colours because of how they blend and make a combination of primary (blue) and secondary (purple and pink) colours. I took the time to also edit my work once again with Microsoft Word’s Photo Gallery Picture Editing program. I decided to changed the back ground colour and lighten the hand lettering so that the colours would “pop” on the page                                                                  and look brighter.

Peers:

Throughout the course of ECMP355, something I appreciated was being able to look at the progress that my peers made who also chose to do calligraphy, hand lettering or brush lettering similar to my learning project idea. Thank you to Becca Bennet, Brooke Stewart, and Kaitlyn Schmidt who also contributed to my learning, for the peer-support and who gave me inspiration to my work.

What I Learned About Myself:

I found that it is important to realize that “practice makes perfect” and that it takes time to create art work that is appealing to the eye. I realized that I cannot be a perfectionist when it comes to calligraphy and hand lettering. I need to be creative with my pieces, reflect and connect them to my life, in order to make them different and stand out.
Here is my final piece that describes the direction in which my life is heading.
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:17

This Bible verse reflects on my Faith and how I know that He has a plan for me. I believe that God will provide for me, and will give me hopes and dreams that will fulfill my destined future given by Him. The wheat sheave signifies my cultural background, being born and raised in Saskatchewan. I am hoping that a part of His plan for me is to receive news on getting a teaching contract in Regina, as it is my plan to stay here and be near my loved ones.

Final Thoughts:

I plan to increase my knowledge on calligraphy and hand lettering as I came across a video on how to do hand lettering using Crayola markers. I find that this will be cheaper and easier to access the materials needed. I also found that it is possible to learn how to do many things by only using technology. For my calligraphy learning project, I mainly relied on watching YouTube videos and looking at other’s work on Instagram and Pinterest. Once I learned how to do hand lettering, I was able to acquire my own unique style and was able to create work based on just looking at something!

Thank you Katia for giving us the opportunity to engage and learn something of our own interest, while using technology and online resources, during our ECMP355 course. I have learned that I not only can incorporate and use technology in the classroom daily to engage my students in their learning, but I also can use technology for my own learning of new things.

Thanks for following my journey, until next time!

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Water Colours & Brush Lettering

Something new that I have decided to do this week is going into more details with water colours and using brush lettering to highlight my letters, with blending and shadow effects. I found that it is quite easy to blend letters by using the same medium (coloured pens, sharpies, calligraphy brushes, etc.) and adding a drop of water to the transition from one letter to the next. I find that this is more effective, easier to do, and also lessens cost expenses (from purchasing inks).

In these photos of my calligraphy work, I changed the filter in order to create a “pop” in colours. The yellow flower represents that “Some days you just have to create your own sunshine,” in order to enjoy a good day and have positive outcomes to it.

 

In my second piece, I tried changing the filter so that the red berries would accent my calligraphy work as well as my Educational Journey in how I believe that;
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”  – Lao Tzu

 

Some videos that I watched on YouTube to help me with my brush pen and water colours are below:
Creating Color Gradient Effects: Using Watercolours and Brush Pens
– How to Hand Letter: Easy Tutorials from Beginner to Pro!
Watercolor Calligraphy for Beginners – JetPens Pen Pals
Watercolor Brush Lettering: Using a Light Pad – Kristina Werner Designs

Words of Encouragement

I started my learning project doing calligraphy based on the hand-writing skills I already have, as well by looking off of quotes I searched online (Google- “Calligraphy Inspirational Quotes”) or on Pinterest. After some research, I realized that most of my calligraphy work is done by hand-lettering in an elegant calligraphy font, or a common font known as faux calligraphy. I came across my friend Kaitlyn Schmidt’s blog and realized that she also decided to do calligraphy for her learning project. Here is the link to her blog post on Learning Faux Calligraphy, where she gives simple step-by-step instructions of the process on how to do faux calligraphy.

Elegant Calligraphy                                       Faux Calligraphy

 

 

 

 

 

A great resource that Katilyn shared in her blog post was a website that gives basic steps, a video and practice sheets on How to Make Faux Calligraphy.

The 3 Steps Include:
1. Writing the Word or Phrase
– You can do this by using a pencil/pen to outline the word first, or by going over it with a thin tip sharpie.

2. Add the Down Strokes
– Down strokes are when you pull your pen down when writing a letter.
Learning Tip: If you are having trouble figuring out when to a down stroke, practice writing the word in the air first and take note of anytime your hand comes down. Whenever your hand comes down, that means in place of a regular stroke, you are going to do a down stroke.

3. Fill in the Down Strokes
– Once you’ve drawn all your down strokes, fill them in with your pen.

 

Here are some examples of how I did some Elegant and Faux calligraphy by doing a basic hand-lettering first then going over it with a brush and some water colours.
I chose to write some simple phrases and from there did a pencil sketch of my hand-lettering. In the “Enjoy today” piece I went over my calligraphy work with a brush and water colours.

“Be true to who you are”
This piece looks simple, and yet has great meaning to me. In the past I have struggled with my self-identity and how others portray me. I realize that I need to start taking some of my own advice, that I give to my students. It is important as individuals to be proud of who we are, stay true to ourselves and see how we are all unique in our own ways!

As you can see in my work above, I took the time to edit them through Words’ Photo Gallery program. I only did the basics as I am new to this program and making edits on pictures I have taken or on the work I have done. I edited the colours to make them more vibrant, not only to portray my personality, but also to depict the beautiful water colours used. Something else I discovered was using the touch-up brush tool, which allowed me to highlight and take out the bobby-pin from the butterfly hair clip in each photo.

A resource that I found and watched on YouTube to help me with forming my hand-lettering is below:
How to Form Modern Letters in Calligraphy- The Anatomy of a Letter
– How to Hand Letter: Easy Tutorials from Beginner to Pro!

He’s what Keeps Me Going!!

Through the ups and downs, my faith is always something I can turn to. Knowing that He is present in every aspect of my life, always-there
I can easily turn to Him in my most times of need.

“Here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that you’re my God.”                                          – Michael W. Smithimg_1589

This verse is from  one of my favourite songs that I enjoy singing when I go to church. I am a part of such a large community base that supports me along my journey.

I tend to get really emotional while listening to the lyrics, as they help me realize how much He has given me. Near the end of the song, the lyrics share His sacrifice for us. “I’ll never know how much it cost, to see my sins upon that cross.” This verse is also portrayed in my calligraphy art work with the black background representing the darkness in life and how He came to be the “light of the world.”

My next calligraphy piece quotes the img_1590
Bible verse:
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”                                                  – John 15:13
True friends help you realize who you are and bring out the best in yourself! They accept you for everything that you have to offer.
Always there for you in times of happiness, joy, anger, frustration, sadness, or sorrow. This calligraphy piece is a “Thank you” to all my friends and family who have standed by my side, throughout the many struggles that life carries.

I chose to use oil based calligraphy pens for these calligraphy pieces. The gold and silver colours really stand out on the background and brings some sparkle to the words written.img_1591
A funny thing that happened before I was able to start the calligraphy, displayed in the pictures above, was that I did not follow the simple directions shown directly on the pens. I forgot to shake them before using them and was curiously wondering why the pens were not working… until I realized that I had to shake them up! (Feel free to move and groove to the song linked above, as this is what I was singing in my head while I was shaking up the pens in order to use them. P.S. I attached the YouTube video clip from The Little Mermaid 3 as I thought it was more appropriate for my blog… compared to the Beetle Juice version!)

At a Standstill.

Bell Let’s Talk day gives people the chance to speak up about mental wellness and start conversations about how to end the stigmas against it. There are five simple ways in which society can end the stigmas and start having conversations through the media; use of language matters, educate yourself before making assumptions, be kind, listen & understand those who have a mental illness, and most importantly Talk About It!!

In my Calligraphy journal, I did the Bell Let’s Talk logo as well as a quote in calligraphy to go with it.
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“Storms don’t last forever,” 
represents how people with mental illness may feel
“at a standstill” like watching a storm happen outside and not being able to do anything about it. But like any storm it clears up, and if people become more educated and talk about mental health and the well-being of others, then everyone can overcome the down poor and see the beautiful clear sky & rainbow that shows through!

Here are some other examples of my work and where my starting point is at. I thought I would display my “fancy” handwriting of the alphabet and numbers up to 10 in roman numerals.

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Finding Materials

Finding materials for my learning project was quite easy at first. I am literally OBSESSED with this site called VarageSale and have the app on my phone! On VarageSale, it is categorized into different sections where you can buy new, used, or even handmade items that people post. I find having the app on my phone easier to use and accessible. Once I decided that I was going to do Calligraphy for my learning project, the first thing I did was search “calligraphy” on VarageSale and immediately a calligraphy set came up. All I needed to do next was comment saying that I am interested, contact the person selling the item, and then pick it up!

Below are some pictures of the calligraphy set and other supplies I purchased in order to start my learning project.

I went to Michaels and found a rainbow assortment of different coloured, img_1554dual tipped permanent markers that I could use to write with; As well, some actual “elegant writer” calligraphy pens. I also purchased some soft pastels and a water-brush that I can use to be creative and try to make backgrounds to go with my work. (We will see how that goes, as I am not good with water-based colouring or brush art!)

I also bought scrap booking paper with a range of colours
img_1553that I plan on using further down the road, when I can produce “quality work”.

Calligraphy Inspiration

For my ECMP 355 course, I am required to choose something that will inspire me to learn and progress in over the course of the semester.

For my learning project I decided to learn how to write in Calligraphy (possibly with some water coloring and brush art to back it up). I decided to focus on this for my learning project because of my faith. I have seen so many beautiful Bible verses or scriptures written in calligraphy. Some examples are shown in the pictures below:

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I enjoy these pictures and verses because they represent my faith well where God does give me strength in everything that I do. He has beautifully and wonderfully made everyone in His image. The artwork shown in these pictures represent and shows the beauty and potential that each one of us has!