Showing posts with label art journaling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art journaling. Show all posts

Monday, October 23, 2017

Review of Crayola Lettering products


I'll start with the Crayoligraphy Activity Set.
This set is sort of a sampling of their products. It comes with the practice papers and instruction sheets you see pictured, two gel pens, two brush tip (dual tip) markers, and 10 graphic tip (dual tip)markers. It's so-so for a beginner kit, but it should have more brush tip markers.

Also, I don't understand why the detail tips at the other end is a different color. I use the detail tips to touch up my lettering so making the detail tip a different color is not helpful. Maybe you can see what I mean in my sample pages:


Only one detail tip matches the graphic tip. I suppose you could add the different color detail to your lettering as a highlight for dimension. I haven't tried blending yet. I'm new to lettering.

By the way, I haven't seen the graphic tip before and I wasn't sure how to hold the marker. You can see by my feeble attempts above that it will take me some practice to get used to these markers. It is much easier to use the regular Crayola Washable markers than the graphic tips.

The only two brush tip markers in this set came in blue and black. They are very nice and almost the quality of Tombow brush tips. Again, the detail tips did not match. 

The bleed is much the same of other markers on this quality (which isn't great) paper.


The Crayola markers are a little less expensive than Tombow, but for my money, I think I will stick with Tombow. 

Next I tried out Crayola's glitter markers:
Now these are fun markers! They act more like a paint marker in that you may need to press down on the tip to get the marker to flow. The glitter is subtle and can be best seen holding the paper at an angle in the light. Definite bling factor. 

They are easy to use, but not good for lettering. See my sample page above, left hand side.

The glitter markers bleed a wee bit more than the others.


Crayola's Metallic markers have a more subtle bling. They can be used for lettering with some practice. See my sample page, left hand side, second section.

I am absolutely delighted with the gel pens. Check this out:
They come in this really cute tin. Here is a better picture of the tin:
Am I right?
I was amazed at the quality of the pens. This set includes glitter gel pens and metallic gel pens.

This is what is inside the cute tin.
As you can see on my sample page, left hand side, third and fourth sections, that the colors vary from glitter to metallic. The glitter pen colors are brighter while the metallic pens are more subdued.

I like the gold of the metallic better than the glitter and the orange of the metallic looks more like copper. Both sets write smoothly.

Writing utensils are like books--you can never have "too many."

Keep on journaling!

Always,

Monday, August 21, 2017

My Favorite Lettering Supplies

Starting with the Rhodia dot pad... I sort of got into brush lettering because I wanted that cool calligraphy look in my journaling. I saw fantastic journal spreads and wanted to learn more about it.

I could've spent all kinds of money on this craft, so I knew I had to watch myself. There are really expensive watercolor brush pens out there, and expensive paper. I also learned that you get what you pay for. If I wanted to do this professionally, then yes, I should invest in the best supplies. If I was really going to do this professionally I'd use the free fonts I collect. But for my journaling this is what worked for me:

The Rhodia dot pad
This has nice dot grid paper that doesn't bleed readily. There is one exception I'll show you later. The paper is smooth so it doesn't wear out your markers.
This pad is really great for practice. Practicing every day is the number one thing you need to do to build your skill. These are some of my first attempts. I don't practice near as much as I should.
I need to work on getting those flourishes down.

Lettering Books

These two books come highly recommended on Amazon. The Creative Lettering book on the left focuses more on traditional techniques while The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide focuses on brush lettering, like it says. This is a comprehensive book that teaches about the types of supplies to use, different techniques to get those flourishes and composing signs using complimentary fonts. The practice sheets are specific to letters, phrases, and flourishes.

Brush pens

In most of the blog posts I've read about brush lettering Tombow Brush Pens are the most recommended. These are dual tipped, brush tip on one end and fine point on the other. They run about $20.00 a set. They are a little expensive for just practicing, but you really need to practice with them because they have a completely different feel in how you hold them. The brush tip makes drawing the letters a lot easier than regular markers. I have not used a watercolor brush yet. I don't think I'll get into it to that extent.

Don't forget about the inexpensive alternative to the brush pens--Crayola markers. Crayola markers give me a lot color selection. It takes some practice holding them just right because they are so different, but they work out really well.

The one set of markers I'd suggest you don't waste your money on is the Sharpie brush tip markers. The set costs about $12 but they smell very strong. The colors don't match the caps exactly. They come out a little darker. The other thing is:

They bleed. It is very difficult to control the amount of ink that hits the paper. As you can see, the ink bled onto the third page. I ended up giving these markers away. You can also see that still need a lot of practice.


This is on of my later attempts. I draw it out with pencil first. I used the Tombow markers, both ends. I really need to work on color choices, font choices, composition, and flourishes, but it's coming along. It is really quite relaxing. I enjoy practicing.

Keep on lettering!

Always,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7 Benefits of Journaling with Kids


Getting kids interested in writing is as easy as setting out a notebook and a few crayons. Here are 7 benefits of journaling with my grand kids that I have found:

1. It makes a great quiet time activity. This is handy for nap times when you want to keep the older kids quiet. It also makes a great Sabbath Day activity. Journaling invites the Spirit and builds testimonies.
2. It increases reading and writing skills. Even toddlers can begin letter and number recognition.
3. Journaling builds confidence and self-esteem when someone they love sits down and spends (invests) time with them.
4. It inspires creativity.
5. Journaling helps kids take ownership and increases responsibility in their own learning. This is especially useful in Primary classes. We've had a lot of success with our older classes when they write about what they learned during the lesson.
6. A lot of summertime adventures await the kids with journals (upcoming post next week).
7. It provides a safe place for kids to express and process difficult feelings. Check out the great work of this important project:


An open book is an open door...
Invite your kids to explore.

As always,
Happy Journaling!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Too Busy to Journal? 5 Ways You May Already be Journaling!

Every stage of life is crazy busy. There is never a perfect time to journal. I knew journaling was something I should do but just couldn't see how to make it happen. So, I felt guilty about it instead.


But...I am a list maker, forever and always. Crossing things off my list gave me a very satisfied sense of accomplishment. If I knew when I was to die, you can bet I'll be making a list of things to finish before I go.

I have made to-do lists for about 45 years. What if I had kept those lists in a book when I was finished with them instead of throwing them away?

Yes, they were messy little scraps of paper, but can you imagine a better, more accurate way to show what my life was like as a young mom? I could kick myself for not thinking of this 45 years ago.

1-Your to-do lists! Date them and find a way to keep them when you've finished!

2-My grandmother did not leave me a journal, but she ran a little mercantile in the front of her home. She kept the books. She had a set of books for the store and one for her household budget. What a great picture of what her life was like.

I tried to sharpen up the picture so you could read the details. Look closely and maybe you can read the price of eggs in
1914, Utah.

3-What about your shopping lists? Crazy I know, but I usually list groceries and all the errands I need to run. I wouldn't normally keep this kind of list, but if I didn't have time to journal this would be better than nothing. Maybe keep just a sample or two. I found a couple of recipes written by my mom. It was magical just to see her handwriting again!

4-Kids' assignments or special projects. I keep the smaller papers in a scrapbook. If they are too big for a scrapbook, take a picture and put it in the scrap book instead.

How cute is this?

5-Speaking engagements or teaching lessons--throw a copy in your journal. When I was at my peak of not writing in my journal I would put a copy of a talk or lesson I'd given at church so at least my kids would know how I felt about our Savior and faith and that I probably knew better than I sometimes acted.

The whole point of this post is to relieve you of any guilt feelings you may have about journaling. There are a lot of ways to leave a record of your life. Think about your normal routines and habits. You may be surprised!

Happy Journaling,


Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Journey into Journaling

Timeline:

2008--I started a Gratitude journal and only wrote when I
             remembered. It was not a priority.
2013--I discovered Art journaling. Not always pretty but it
             held my interest and I kept coming back. There is
             something about water coloring my own backgrounds
             that made me feel like a kid again.



I added favorite quotes and song lyrics.





It gave me a creative outlet.



I have always struggled to find a relevant planner. Pre-printed planners meant a lot of wasted paper because they didn't fit my life.






About this same time I decided what I wanted in a planner:

  • A desktop calendar/planner, a month-at-a-glance with a to-do list on the side.
  • Gratitude journal pages.

April 2013--I discovered the Bullet Journal on Pinterest.
          There are so many different ways to use a Bullet journal.
          I think it was originally designed as a minimalist way of
          of tracking a to-do list and goals. It's a type of planner
          that turns a calendar into more of a list.

Free printable at this website (copy and paste into your browser)
https://www.tinyrayofsunshine.com/blog/bullet-journal-reference-guide


PROS
  • I love making lists and this is the grandmother of all lists.
  • The journal most often used for this had good quality paper--dot grid helped me keep my letters more uniform in size.
  • It made a good goal tracker.
  • It was adaptable to any life.
CONS
  • The most common journal used was small 5 x 8.
  • Had to draw out new daily, weekly, and monthly calendars/spreadsheets.
  • Had to number all of the pages and make an index because like pages were rarely grouped together.
  • Had no way to schedule future appointments because one month at a time is built. The future tracker was a list. I need to see the whole month.
  • The whole process seemed to take more time than I wanted to invest.
My Epiphany
At first thought, the Bullet journal system was not for me. But, wait a minute...the Bullet journal is adaptable--what if I tweaked it to fit my life?

Stay tuned for The Experiment...

Happy Journaling