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My La Bella Scrittura Calligraphy Workshop

I was backtracking on my Instagram feed trying to see when I had started my calligraphy journey once again. I can’t hardly believe that it’s only been a month and yet, I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made, the tools I’ve acquired and the friends I’ve gained. This new hobby is fast becoming a passion and since starting with it 4 weeks ago, I wanted to at least attend a formal workshop to see if I’ve been using the correct techniques while studying on my own.

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I’m relieved to see that I’m on the right track but the workshop provided invaluable tips from the teachers. These are the things that you can only get once you’ve practiced calligraphy for quite some time. Here are my random thoughts about my first La Bella Scrittura Workshop.

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My Positive Words Series for Calligraphy

My calligraphy journey is well underway and I’ve been doing my Copperplate drills around 4 times a week. I’ve also started to document my progress and works on my Instagram account. Recently, I wanted to make my hobby and my practice more meaningful. So in an effort of exploring more calligraphy styles while at the same time infusing some more creative artistic elements, I’ve decided to start a series of calligraphy posts that feature positive words. Each day, I try to post one positive word on my Instagram account. Take a look at what I’ve come up with as of now.

Positive Word #1

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Brause Calligraphy Pen Review

About a few weeks ago, I bought myself a Brause Calligraphy Pen from Scribe, which is a local pen and art store, to try out. What I got had a broad nib at 2.3mm. At first glance, I wasn’t too crazy that it just had a plain black casing with an orange tip. I want my pens to be a bit more attractive. :)

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However, since it was relatively cheap and could hold J. Herbin ink cartridges, I figured it was worth a try. Here’s a closer look at its tip. Again, it’s pretty simple, no intricate engravings and such. Continue reading

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A Productive Calligraphy Week

It has been a productive week of calligraphy for me. Here are some practices using a broad nib with some of my newly purchased inks. I hope to be able to post some copperplate practices soon. I have been doing some drills regularly for the entire week and I’m happy to see that I’m slowly improving my technique. Hooray!

 

Here’s a quote from The Book Thief using a Brause Calligraphy pen and J.Herbin Violete Pensee Ink. I drew in the stylized rose using markers.

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Wise Words & Calligraphy

It was about five years ago when I was betrayed by the man I loved. I had been cheated on by a boyfriend before but the pain I felt was different. It ate at me. I wallowed in pain and misery. I also knew myself well enough that I would never be the same again. I guess that’s what real love does to you. Well, setting the drama aside. As I’ve embarked on my calligraphy journey, I found myself writing more and more life quotes. I’ve even set aside a notebook for keeping quotes there as reference for future calligraphy projects.

The latest one that I’ve used had very few words and yet it had a very deep meaning. It affected me so much because it made me remember those dark feelings of betrayal. Here’s the quote. Continue reading

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My Old Sketches

I was looking through an old artbox last weekend. This is basically where I store some art materials that I’ve collected back when I was still in college and some that I bought on a whim a few years back with the intent of going back into drawing and painting without getting around to do it. Now that I’m getting really serious with my calligraphy hobby, I’ve been trying to integrate some mixed media into it. Last week, I also tried my hand at watercolors once again.

First though, let me show you some of my old sketches that I found in my artbox. I couldn’t believe that I had the patience and inspiration to do some of these. I’m so rusty now though from years of being out of practice. I do hope that I pick up on the skill once again. Continue reading

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Einstein & Calligraphy

I’ve been trying to make it a habit to do a bit of calligraphy each day. So tonight, before doing my alphabet exercises, I thought to try this layout idea that’s been brewing in my head since this morning. Unfortunately, I was at work for most of the day and it’s only now that I finally got to do it. What do you guys think?  Continue reading

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Starting my Journey into Calligraphy Again

The last time I had done calligraphy was back in high school. It was taught during our drafting class and we were taught how to use a Speedball pen with a broad nib. Back then, I had loved it. I have always been comfortable with my penmanship. However, that skill was forgotten and put on-hold when I began to get busy with College and then with work. Nowadays, I’m trying to get back to it. I admit, I was a bit rusty but it was like riding a bicycle, you never really forget it. Here’s my first calligraphy practice after years of not picking up a calligraphy pen. Continue reading

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Movie Soundtracks that I Like to Listen to

I’m very fortunate that I’m a movie blogger and I always get first dibs on any upcoming movies. I get to review movies and recommend them to my readers. In the two years or more that I’ve been doing it, I’ve already set certain categories on which I base my movie review on regarding the film. One such category is the soundtrack, a movie can be good but could be ruined by poorly chosen music. In the same way, a movie can be made even better by greatly timed and expertly chosen soundtrack. For those movies, you can re-live favorite scenes just by listening to the songs.

 

The Movie Soundtracks that I like to Listen to

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Just after the release of the film in theaters, people couldn’t stop raving about it and the Awesome Mix soundtrack. As for me, I had it on my Spotify playlist and on repeat. I was humming Hooked on a Feeling for days! My faves: Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Suede, I want you Back by Jackson 5 and Cherry Bomb by The Runaways.

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