Penny Black – Critter Love – Happy Galentine’s Day!
So, happy Galentine's Day to you!
Don't know what that is? Why, I'm here to tell you. Galentine's Day was something that was invented by the character, Leslie Knope, on the show Parks & Recreation to celebrate friendships between women, and it is celebrated the day before Valentine's Day.
The funny thing is that it has kind of caught on, and people are actually celebrating Galentine's Day today.
So I thought I would make a card for Galentine's Day, using a Valentine's Day stamp from Penny Black. The problem was that there is no stamp existing that says "Happy Galentine's Day." What to do? I could simply print it out in a fancy font or cut it out with my Silhouette. OR I could do something that I have simply not been brave enough to do up until now, and that is try my hand at brush lettering. It's something I have wanted to do a long time. I used to want to do calligraphy when I was in junior high because I was very into the Middle Ages back then. I used to draw the Old English style capitals with a pencil since I had no pens. And then when I finally did get pens and ink, well I had a heck of a time with it. It was one of those things that was messy, expensive, and easy to ruin expensive sheets of paper, so I got quite discouraged and gave it up.
However, modern calligraphy has many more tools available these days and many more styles than when I was first interested in it. And I have been wanting to dip my toe into it, but it takes a lot of practice to get good at it, so I've been working on it. So here's my first attempt.
STINKIN' CUTE! (YILM!) I kept this one fairly simple. This kitty from Penny Black is SO CUTE. I colored him with Copics.
The hearts and the tip of the paint brush are highlighted with a red Spica pen. I mounted the piece on top of red foil cardstock.
So here's my attempt at brush lettering. I practiced a lot first to get the letters to look the way I wanted to. Then I first drew the letters in lightly with a pencil and used a Zig Clean Color pen to do the brush lettering. Once it was dry (that took a while on this cardstock) I erased the pencil and highlighted the letters with the red Spica pen.
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