Handletteringwithjules: Calligraphy Font Tutorial

First things first, I am an amateur. This is not a professional tutorial. 

If anyone has ever seen my handwriting then you’ve noticed it’s a mix of print + cursive. I love cursive. Mainly because I get to curl and loop my letters. So of course I’m in love with this beautiful trend of “calligraphy font” lettering that’s super popular right now. Fingers crossed that it’s here to stay. 

With that said, this past year I learned how to use a calligraphy pen. Like legit with ink and all. My goal was to personally address all my wedding invitations. I proudly did it with this lovely copper ink on hunter green envelopes (more on that another time).

The awesome thing about learning how to use a calligraphy pen is you also learn which lines need to be thick and thin. Once you’re knowledgeable about this then it’ll open doors to so so many possibilities. I’m sharing a few of those possibilities every day this week with my Christmas-inspired gifts, but I thought some of y’all would first like to know how to achieve that modern calligraphy font. 

It’s really simple. But it takes practice, practice, practice. The more you do than the better you’ll be off. To start, all you need are three things: Pencil, paper, and a sharpener. 

I purposely used these simple to use (and find) supplies so you’d see how easy it is to start learning. Did it work? I really hope so.

Begin with the foundations, write all the letters in the alphabet in cursive. Start with lowercase. It’s easier and less intimidating. Your cursive style may be different from mine and that’s totally fine. Write what feels comfortable and natural to you. 

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Once your happy with your letters then it’s time to “connect” them.

Here comes the tricky part: Learning which lines need to be thicker. I learned by using a calligraphy pen, but I know y’all probably don’t have one laying around and it can be more difficult to learn right away. The best way I can explain this is that when you’re writing in a downward motion then that line will need to be thicker. To make it a little easier, I made red arrows of the lines that should be thicker. Hope it’s helpful.

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Here are a few examples closer up.

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Now really practice this.

Get comfortable with each letter because the fun part comes next when you’re able to start practicing on words. 

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So there you have it, a crash course on hand lettering simple modern calligraphy font! Excited?! I sure was and still am!

Another reason we used only pencil and paper is because it’s cheap to practice with. You’re very welcome.

Drop on by at noon everyday this week to see what I’m hand lettering this year for Christmas gifts.

Thanks for reading and following along,

with me

Jules.

 

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DIYwithjules: Sweater Weather

A few Christmases ago, I tried to convince my four sisters to do this awesome DIY elbow patch tutorial together. Cute right?! Well not everyone was feeling it (surprise surprise) so it didn’t happen. I was pretty bummed out, but kept telling myself I would do it anyways.

I finally did it. 

And I can’t wait to wear it to one of my many holiday events this winter-ish season! Now, I just have to control myself from placing elbow patches on all my (and Khang’s) sweaters. 

Step One: Picking out a sweater (hardest part) and gathering rest of supplies (Hobby Lobby FTW)

1. Sweater (mine contained rayon+polyester)

2. Felting needle or similar 

3. Dense foam pad  (cut to size)

4. Wool roving (a little goes a long way)

5. Any cookie cutter shape to your liking or stencil or draw out your own!

6. Iron

Step two: Mark elbow with tape

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It’s important to try on your sweater and not just guessing it. Trust me. Remove tape after you place foam pad underneath marked spot. 

Step three: Position your “shape guide” and evenly place wool roving.

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Step four: (Slowly) Stab away m’dears. Stay VERTICAL or the needle will break. Trust me again.

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I agree with Erica about starting at the outer edges and working your way in. Don’t worry about the “holes”-that’s what the iron is for. Feel free to add more roving where needed. I like to remove the “shape guide” after getting an even surface to really refine the edges. 

Step five: Slowly remove patch from pad. Spritz water and iron on wool setting to smooth surface.

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Confession: I do not iron. Honestly, the iron pictured is brand-spanking new. I bought it for this tutorial. Judge my wrinkly clothes all you want.

Slowly pull patch from pad. You may need to use felting needle again to secure loose roving. 

Step six: Admire your lovely elbow patches. Always admire, y’all.

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Step seven: Ask a sweet friend to take photos of you…you cute little thing you… because it’ll be hard to do by yourself. Again, trust me. Plus, I really want to see too!

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Depending on the fabric, if you mess up then you might be able to pull off the roving and start over. I practiced on old sweaters just in case I messed up, which I did a lot. So please feel free to ask questions if you run into a problem. 

This also inspired me for my dental office’s “Ugly sweater contest” in a few weeks. Here’s a sneak peak. Did I mention that I’m a dental hygienist? Shout-out to all my UMMC girls!

Thanks for following and reading along,

with me

Jules.

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DIYwithjules: Fall leaves galore

 

It’s November 1st and I know I’m not the only one thinking “LOOK AT ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL FALL LEAVES”. If this is you and you’re wondering how to preserve a few of those lovely leaves then this DIY is for you m’dear.

This blog post is dedicated to my sweet cousin, Caitlyn, who asked to “show me your ways” when I did something similar several weeks ago.

Step one: Collect leaves-I went scavenging in our backyard. To my delight there were red, orange, and yellow leaves!

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Step two: Admire and take fun snapshots!

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Step three: Wash and dry. There will be dirt (&bugs).

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Step four: Find a book to begin dry-pressing asap. Be careful when placing to avoid folding edges of leaves. Wait about 2 days depending on size.

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Step five: Open up those pages and check out your #foreverfall leaves 🙂 You can frame them, use as place cards, or something I like to do is write a quote with them. 

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Yes, I know. I’m missing the ‘s’ in ‘crayons’. Brain fart.

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*Shout out to my cousin, Caitlyn Do.

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 I used DecoColor Extra Fine Paint Pen. And no, Hobby Lobby is not sponsoring this post. I just really love Hobby Lobby.

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Old photo of when I first did this. Look at all those lovely fall colors on EACH LEAF.

I know this is about preserving fall leaves, but you can use green leaves too! Ya know, for gloomy winters. They’ll be reminders of what is to come as the cold bears down on you.

Well I’ll leave y’all to it. Please share photos if you try it out or ask questions if you’re not sure about something.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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