April has slipped just right past me and looking back at it it was yet another dark month, yet another month with no blog post and none of those YouTube videos I wanted to put out this year. It's been a frustrating year so far and yet it seems like turning 25 11 days ago has rendered me even more thoughtful than the mood I was in before that number has been looming beyond the horizon. I've been in a creative rut for what feels like months now. So what do I do with a creative rut? Write about it, because deep within my core, the first instinct of mine is still to face the blank page head on and produce absolutely terrible word vomit to process it.
Let’s talk Words
How Hand Lettering is not Calligraphy but Calligraphy is Lettering but neither is a Font because both are not Type
Let’s talk Holders
Different holder mechanisms, price classes and the difference between straight and oblique
The cheapest versatile Brush Lettering Starter Kit
A shopping list to learn about all brush lettering tool types for a small budget
Super excited to be featured on this week’s episode of the Calligraphy Masters Podcast that has featured some of my biggest Calligraphy Inpirations, so I am very excited to have been asked to join the conversation.
Some of the Links mentioned:
- Kurrent (the site’s in German, but there’s an English PDF)
- The Spanish Manual I mentioned, look at those flourished Letters!
- The Swiss Calligrapher’s Online Shop where I got some vintage nibs and one of my favorite Iron Gall Inks
This past weekend, I taught my first Calligraphy class in person. It was incredible. And it has caused this spiral of thoughts. This walk down memory lane back to high school. Memories of a past self that wished to be a teacher, but brushed the idea away because her ideal could not merge with her mind's definition. This is my teaching journey (and a writing exercise because I'm rusty).
The Intro to my newest Skillshare class – now available to watch. If you don’t have a skillshare account yet, use the following link to unlock 2 months for free: https://skl.sh/2RFdIMg
It’s that time of the year again, the Christmas season. In my book that usually means avoiding the cold by snuggling up inside with all my pens and paper and somehow throw together Christmas presents that fit their recipients. If you’ve landed here you hopefully get to shop for a lettering nerd or Calligraphy enthusiast. Or maybe you are just looking for inspiration? Well anyways, we’re talking about my favorite topic once again, supplies! But this time someone else is paying!
The Brushlettering World has a new colored fude pen! Tombow is releasing colored versions of the Fudenosuke, the moment I saw them being released I knew I had to compare them to the Zebra Funwari pens I had gotten a couple months ago. This video is a bit of an unboxing, first impression, comparison and forgetting how to talk properly when facing colored pens and trying to write their names.
I had the awesome opportunity to create a series of blog posts all about Calligraphy, Brushlettering and how to incorporate it into your life with some great photography products. This series was written for the photo printing service ifolor, which is where I do order all photography products, so collaborating with them was a lot of fun!
Also they kindly provide a Coupon Code for you guys. 30% off using the Code HALFAPX018
Original Post in German Read Here
It’s funny how I started my journey online because I was writing and now it’s the hardest thing for me to post. I began writing stories when I was barely twelve and I have been writing novels ever since. I’m twenty-four. I’ve literally been a writer longer than I have not. I started my first blog to share the short stories I wrote. I was very active in a german forum for young writers. I even was writer of the month once and got to go to Hamburg for two days and visit the Carlsen publishing house as a prize. I made my first online friends because I shared my stories online. And then I got into coding.
The new Update of Procreate Dropped Today and I had so much Fun drawing Mandalas, I went a little crazy.
Device: iPad Pro 1st Gen + Apple Pencil
I left Etsy about a year ago and I haven't looked back ever since. However, after leaving, setting up the new shop was no easy task, even though I am a web developer by trade and have set up quite a bit of WooCommerce shops during my day job. But – I had set out to write the full theme myself, even though I am not a Backend person and PHP and I do not get along to well, and also I didn't want to use any premium plugins (because I am greedy and obviously like to take more pride in my abilities than I sometimes should), did I manage to get all of my things set up how I wanted them without any premium plugins? Did I almost go crazy while tackling that? Was it oh so worth it in the end? Hell, yeah!
So let's look at how I did it.