Do you want to do calligraphy but don’t have the tools (nibs, nib holder, calligraphy ink and sheets) yet? Do you find it difficult to do calligraphy because you really have no time to practice?
Well, don’t worry because you’re not alone! 😀
I have always been in love with calligraphy and I have always fancied of doing it someday. But when I found out that it costs a lot to do calligraphy, and not to mention that it will be really difficult especially for newbies like me and that you’ll need ample amount of time and patience to practice calligraphy (which I really don’t have, sometimes) and steady hands, I decided to do calligraphy in my own, simple way.
I faked it! 😀 Lol.
Yes, you can actually fake calligraphy. It’s very easy to do. But like the real calligraphy, you still need to have steady hands to do it.
So, here’s how I fake my calligraphy.
1.Write your word in a basic script.
Get a pen and a marker.
I always start by writing my words in a simple and basic script or cursive writing using my G-tec 0.3 pen.
2. Drawing shadow strokes on the downward strokes of the letters.
After writing down the word, I would then draw shadow strokes on the parts of the letter where my pen will go downward. If you want to imitate the real calligraphy thing, it is always a rule that the downward stroke of the letters will always have the pressure.
3. Filling the shadow strokes and we’re done!
So, after that, I would finish it by filling (or coloring) the shadow/pressure strokes I drew earlier with a marker, and we’re done! Yay! We’ve faked it! 😀 Woohoo! 😀
Faking calligraphy is simple. I have always used this technique ever since and it has helped me a lot of times. 🙂 But when I get the opportunity to really do the real calligraphy, I’d really do it. But for now, I’d just fake it until I finally make it. Anyway, as long as the words and letters look beautiful, it would still be considered as calligraphy since the real meaning of calligraphy is “beautiful writing.” 🙂
I hope you found this helpful. 🙂 Have fun faking it til’ you finally make it! 😉
Japanese Stab Binding is a traditional binding that has developed over hundreds of years in Japan, and is a beautiful and simple way of binding together either folded or single sheets of paper. Like the saddle stitch binding, this doesn’t require any glue and is very easy to do.
These are the materials that I used: 10 sheets of paper, an extra paper to serve as template for punching holes, cardstock for covers, yarns, scissors, needle, ruler, pencil, washi tape and a cutting mat if in case I need to trim down some papers.
To start and to know how to bind using this technique, watch the video below. (Video tutorial courtesy of Sea Lemon).
I thought my journals looked so bare so I decided to put a washi tape on the other one and doodled on the second using a Japanese calligraphy pen. They looked like this:
Then, I found some of my old decorative scrapbooking cardstock papers and I turned them into books as well. 🙂
I’m pretty sure that you know that hit movie entitled “THE FAULT IN OUR STARS”, right?
That movie was such a top-grosser that I got curious what that movie was all about.
So, when I finally watched it…I almost choked because I was trying to prevent my tears from streaming down my face coz it’s too embarrassing to cry in a movie house with a stranger beside you. 😛
After watching the movie, I still was not able to get over with it. What I loved about the movie is their approach to life. It made me realize that our life is nothing but a vapor and we could evaporate anytime.
It has helped me believe the quote that says, “LIFE IS SHORT. SO LIVE THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE AND BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE.”
Other than the thought of the story, I also love their cinematography, the graphics (the graphics!!!)—the bubble bubble something that looks like it was doodled and their sweet line “Okay? Okay.” 🙂
I also find the book cover very cute. Very cute that I wanted to make a journal that is inspired by the TFIOS book cover.
So I studied the color schemes, they used cyan blue (I think?) and black colors. I super love the black and white clouds with prints on it. Without any delay, I gathered all the materials needed and started making my TFIOS-inspired journal. And this was the outcome:
For the covers, I used cyan blue papers to wrap the bare chipboard. Then I decided to paint the black and white clouds using poster paints (the good and quality ones…) and wrote “OKAY? OKAY.” on it.
I used the Coptic stitch binding technique for this TFIOS-inspired journal so that it would have a very personalised look. I used black thread since it goes so well with the color scheme. 🙂
And last but not the least, I used blue paper (of course.) for the pages so that it would complete the whole look of my planned TFIOS-inspired journal. 🙂
Because I can’t get enough of the cuteness, so I decided to make one. 😀
I love how it turned out. 🙂 Thankfully, I didn’t have any accidents while making this journal (from painting, stitching, and everything.)
I wonder what kind of movie/book-inspired journal will I make in the future? Guess I’ll just wait.
How about you? What kind of journal do you do? Do share it. 🙂