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  • Flourish motto number FOUR ✨ Watch your weight. Not on the scale 😂 but on your letter lines vs. flourish lines.

Listen, I realize this is more of a personal motto but I like to keep my flourish weight LIGHTER than my letter weight. Sometimes I don’t even put any weight on flourishes. By this I mean, the shades (or thicker parts) of your flourishes should be lighter/thinner than the shades in your letters. Note the flourish weight on w, g, and t.

This is mostly about keeping focus on the word. After all, that’s what you want people to read, right?

Another purpose of this is for visual interest. When you vary weight in your piece, it gives a subtle secondary interest to the readers’ eyes, similar to seeing a second colour on the page.

Finding these helpful? Find the other flourishing mottos in my previous posts, and don’t forget to download the freeeeebie in my bio 💌✨
  • Flourish motto number FOUR ✨ Watch your weight. Not on the scale 😂 but on your letter lines vs. flourish lines.

    Listen, I realize this is more of a personal motto but I like to keep my flourish weight LIGHTER than my letter weight. Sometimes I don’t even put any weight on flourishes. By this I mean, the shades (or thicker parts) of your flourishes should be lighter/thinner than the shades in your letters. Note the flourish weight on w, g, and t.

    This is mostly about keeping focus on the word. After all, that’s what you want people to read, right?

    Another purpose of this is for visual interest. When you vary weight in your piece, it gives a subtle secondary interest to the readers’ eyes, similar to seeing a second colour on the page.

    Finding these helpful? Find the other flourishing mottos in my previous posts, and don’t forget to download the freeeeebie in my bio 💌✨
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  • Flourish motto number 3: avoid hot spots and what I like to call warm spots!

Hot spots are where lines touch tangentially (in other words, not an intersection where there is a clear angle made by two lines). In most cases, hot spots confuse our little human brains as to where the line direction is going. Take the left ‘yay’ as example, it’s almost as if I wrote an X on the bottom, right? When the brain sees potential alternatives to understanding the lines, very simply... it’s bothered. Therefore it’s not very pleasing to the eye.

Warm spots (yes, I totally made this up but go with me here) are where lines get too close to each other that they are on the verge of becoming a hot spot. In some ways they’re even more displeasing to look at than hot spots. When lines get too close they look crowded and squished, and therefore look haphazard and messy.

Instead ✨ try opening up flourish lines where you anticipate them to touch or come close. Stretch open loops where appropriate, and even take the opportunity to break your stroke. This can sometimes create dimension, and liveliness! In the right ‘yay’ it’s almost as if the first y is stacked on top of the second y, right?

Are you enjoying these flourishing tips/mottos? Check out the FREE flourishing worksheet in my bio. 👍🏻
  • Flourish motto number 3: avoid hot spots and what I like to call warm spots!

    Hot spots are where lines touch tangentially (in other words, not an intersection where there is a clear angle made by two lines). In most cases, hot spots confuse our little human brains as to where the line direction is going. Take the left ‘yay’ as example, it’s almost as if I wrote an X on the bottom, right? When the brain sees potential alternatives to understanding the lines, very simply... it’s bothered. Therefore it’s not very pleasing to the eye.

    Warm spots (yes, I totally made this up but go with me here) are where lines get too close to each other that they are on the verge of becoming a hot spot. In some ways they’re even more displeasing to look at than hot spots. When lines get too close they look crowded and squished, and therefore look haphazard and messy.

    Instead ✨ try opening up flourish lines where you anticipate them to touch or come close. Stretch open loops where appropriate, and even take the opportunity to break your stroke. This can sometimes create dimension, and liveliness! In the right ‘yay’ it’s almost as if the first y is stacked on top of the second y, right?

    Are you enjoying these flourishing tips/mottos? Check out the FREE flourishing worksheet in my bio. 👍🏻
  • 698 21 9 December, 2019
  • anyone else as bad as i am about sending thank you cards?? 🤦🏼‍♀️ the act of sending mail for me is torture which is pretty shocking as what i do for a living revolves around things that go in the mail 😂 so i am making a vow to create a cute little area with a cute little box set of cute little notecards and letter accoutrements this season so there’s NO reason (except my laziness) not to send them this year. i was gonna say it’s my resolution... but i hate those and i really don’t want to be that person who starts talking about them already 😬🙄
  • anyone else as bad as i am about sending thank you cards?? 🤦🏼‍♀️ the act of sending mail for me is torture which is pretty shocking as what i do for a living revolves around things that go in the mail 😂 so i am making a vow to create a cute little area with a cute little box set of cute little notecards and letter accoutrements this season so there’s NO reason (except my laziness) not to send them this year. i was gonna say it’s my resolution... but i hate those and i really don’t want to be that person who starts talking about them already 😬🙄
  • 1,679 18 17 hours ago
  • This Advent I’ve been thinking about these Advent words a lot. ✨⁣
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HOPE - Jesus is our hope. Jesus is why we have hope. We have hope in the promised Savior. ⁣
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LOVE - God is love. I pray that we love the way God truly loved us. Let’s love the ones who are hard to love. ⁣
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JOY - My joy is not in anything or anyone but in Christ Jesus. My joy is not fragile because my joy is Christ. ⁣
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PEACE - He is the prince of peace. He’s peace surpasses understanding. Peace is not the absence of something filled but resting Christ. ⁣
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Turn to Christ he is our hope, our love, our joy and our peace. Advent is an adventure in knowing Christ.
  • This Advent I’ve been thinking about these Advent words a lot. ✨⁣

    HOPE - Jesus is our hope. Jesus is why we have hope. We have hope in the promised Savior. ⁣

    LOVE - God is love. I pray that we love the way God truly loved us. Let’s love the ones who are hard to love. ⁣

    JOY - My joy is not in anything or anyone but in Christ Jesus. My joy is not fragile because my joy is Christ. ⁣

    PEACE - He is the prince of peace. He’s peace surpasses understanding. Peace is not the absence of something filled but resting Christ. ⁣

    Turn to Christ he is our hope, our love, our joy and our peace. Advent is an adventure in knowing Christ.
  • 608 8 10 December, 2019
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If @karinmarkers pinks and reds were lipsticks, which shade would you choose 💋?
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I went for the easiest doodles here, but I’d lying if I said that I don’t like drawing cute little hearts 💕♥️💕. Plus ‘tis the season to show some love to our beloved ones, right? Only a couple of weeks left for Christmas! 😊.
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Si los rosas y rojos de @karinmarkers fueran pintalabios (que resulta que ahora se llaman labiales, pero todas sabemos que son pinta labios de toda la vida) qué color elegirías 💋?
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Podría haber pensado un poco más en los dibujillos de esta paleta de colores, pero mentiría si os dijera que no me encanta dibujar corazoncitos 💕♥️💕. Y además, estamos en fechas de mostrar mucho amor ¿verdad? Ya sólo quedan dos semanas para Navidad! 😊.
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#brushpen #calligraphy #brushcalligraphy #karinbrushmarkerpro #karinbrushmarker #karinswatches #colourswatches #swatches #reds #lettering #handlettering #doodle  #love #lipstickpalette
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    If @karinmarkers pinks and reds were lipsticks, which shade would you choose 💋?
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    I went for the easiest doodles here, but I’d lying if I said that I don’t like drawing cute little hearts 💕♥️💕. Plus ‘tis the season to show some love to our beloved ones, right? Only a couple of weeks left for Christmas! 😊.
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    Si los rosas y rojos de @karinmarkers fueran pintalabios (que resulta que ahora se llaman labiales, pero todas sabemos que son pinta labios de toda la vida) qué color elegirías 💋?
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    Podría haber pensado un poco más en los dibujillos de esta paleta de colores, pero mentiría si os dijera que no me encanta dibujar corazoncitos 💕♥️💕. Y además, estamos en fechas de mostrar mucho amor ¿verdad? Ya sólo quedan dos semanas para Navidad! 😊.
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    #brushpen #calligraphy #brushcalligraphy #karinbrushmarkerpro #karinbrushmarker #karinswatches #colourswatches #swatches #reds #lettering #handlettering #doodle #love #lipstickpalette
  • 935 44 9 December, 2019

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  • Ātopen Primary Pen Test - Notable features: • Archival-quality • Fade proof • Acid-free • Lightfast • Waterproof • Bleed Proof • Xylene-free • Odourless • And of course, best used with a #dingbatsnotebooks #atopen
  • Ātopen Primary Pen Test - Notable features: • Archival-quality • Fade proof • Acid-free • Lightfast • Waterproof • Bleed Proof • Xylene-free • Odourless • And of course, best used with a #dingbatsnotebooks #atopen
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  • The day 11 prompt for #rockyourhandwriting was ‘Favorite Actor or Actress’ and I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. 😆💞
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🖌: @pilotpenusa Fude Makase Extra Fine
  • The day 11 prompt for #rockyourhandwriting was ‘Favorite Actor or Actress’ and I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. 😆💞
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    🖌: @pilotpenusa Fude Makase Extra Fine
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  • Lately I’ve been really trying to up my hand lettering skills in regards to script. I’ve gotten so comfortable in hand lettering doing everything BUT script, actually hand lettering is probably my favorite thing to do when designing (or maybe ever). I’ve really put off learning this sort of brush style script for so long because honestly... it’s just really intimidating to me!

So, here we have my first real attempt (also the first one I’ve finished all the way through) of brush script hand lettering.

These are some VERY basic tips I picked up while finishing this piece:

1. Down ⬇️ strokes should always be the thickest part of the letter.

2. Up ⬆️ or sideways ➡️ strokes should always be thinner than the downward strokes.

3. The thicker your downward strokes and the thinner your upward stokes are will be what gives the letters the most contrast.

4. Be as loose as possible with your hand movements to get really good “swishes and swoops”. <—— this was by far the hardest thing for me to do. I’m so used to using grids and being so technical with other types of letterforms. Letting go of that was super tough!

Hopefully these very basic tips will help out another brush script newbie like me!

I don’t plan to go very in depth with brush script. Hand lettering serifs and san serif typefaces for logos and things of that nature will always be where my passion and attention is. BUUUUT this has been something fun I’ve been practicing here and there in my free time.

Swipe to the last slide for the process video 👉👉 •
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#handlettering #handlettered #handletteringpractice #handletteredtype #staygold #thedesigntip #goodtype #moderncalligraphy #brushlettering #typespire #handtype #brushcalligraphy #handmadefont #typegang #thedailytype #typematters #letteringcreative #dailylettering #calledtobecreative #creativeladydirectory #creativewomen #creativityfound #doitfortheprocess
  • Lately I’ve been really trying to up my hand lettering skills in regards to script. I’ve gotten so comfortable in hand lettering doing everything BUT script, actually hand lettering is probably my favorite thing to do when designing (or maybe ever). I’ve really put off learning this sort of brush style script for so long because honestly... it’s just really intimidating to me!

    So, here we have my first real attempt (also the first one I’ve finished all the way through) of brush script hand lettering.

    These are some VERY basic tips I picked up while finishing this piece:

    1. Down ⬇️ strokes should always be the thickest part of the letter.

    2. Up ⬆️ or sideways ➡️ strokes should always be thinner than the downward strokes.

    3. The thicker your downward strokes and the thinner your upward stokes are will be what gives the letters the most contrast.

    4. Be as loose as possible with your hand movements to get really good “swishes and swoops”. <—— this was by far the hardest thing for me to do. I’m so used to using grids and being so technical with other types of letterforms. Letting go of that was super tough!

    Hopefully these very basic tips will help out another brush script newbie like me!

    I don’t plan to go very in depth with brush script. Hand lettering serifs and san serif typefaces for logos and things of that nature will always be where my passion and attention is. BUUUUT this has been something fun I’ve been practicing here and there in my free time.

    Swipe to the last slide for the process video 👉👉 •







    #handlettering #handlettered #handletteringpractice #handletteredtype #staygold #thedesigntip #goodtype #moderncalligraphy #brushlettering #typespire #handtype #brushcalligraphy #handmadefont #typegang #thedailytype #typematters #letteringcreative #dailylettering #calledtobecreative #creativeladydirectory #creativewomen #creativityfound #doitfortheprocess
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  • I’m back again with another scrub in a tub! 🤗 I love a good DIY gift and these are at the top of my gifting list for Christmas 2019! 🎁
  • I’m back again with another scrub in a tub! 🤗 I love a good DIY gift and these are at the top of my gifting list for Christmas 2019! 🎁
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  • Open Design Course ◀6/6▶
▪️The Open Design Course began in 2016 by the initiative of Bram Crevits, trying to formulate an answer to some urgent needs: but mainly as a way to offer support for an unseen influx of people fleeing war and seeking refuge in Europe. Due to regulations of higher education it is almost impossible for most of the newcomers to start or to continue their studies as ‘regular students’ within the Belgian education system.
▪️ @opendesignc initiative is intended to create a space within KASK @schoolofartsgent (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory constitute the School of Arts of University College Ghent,Belgium) where it is possible to bypass the technical/administrative restrictions, to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and provide them with a high-quality learning context.
▪️You can check full project on my profile @behance .net/kindaghannoum 
#kindaghannoum
  • Open Design Course ◀6/6▶
    ▪️The Open Design Course began in 2016 by the initiative of Bram Crevits, trying to formulate an answer to some urgent needs: but mainly as a way to offer support for an unseen influx of people fleeing war and seeking refuge in Europe. Due to regulations of higher education it is almost impossible for most of the newcomers to start or to continue their studies as ‘regular students’ within the Belgian education system.
    ▪️ @opendesignc initiative is intended to create a space within KASK @schoolofartsgent (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory constitute the School of Arts of University College Ghent,Belgium) where it is possible to bypass the technical/administrative restrictions, to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and provide them with a high-quality learning context.
    ▪️You can check full project on my profile @behance .net/kindaghannoum
    #kindaghannoum
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  • Currently working on some lovely new paint brushes that will be available next week :) love creating paint/watercolor looks on my iPad
  • Currently working on some lovely new paint brushes that will be available next week :) love creating paint/watercolor looks on my iPad
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  • Anyone else super excited about the brushes you can create in #procreate5 ?
(This brush is part of a new watercolor collection we're going to launch next week) 🤗
  • Anyone else super excited about the brushes you can create in #procreate5 ?
    (This brush is part of a new watercolor collection we're going to launch next week) 🤗
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  • good morning lovelies ☕️💕 I hope you’re having an okay week! what’re your plans today? I’m finally done with final exams & papers so I’m feeling much better ahaha 📝
thank you so much @leuchtturm1917usa for the lovely muted pink journal (which you can get embossed now—pretty cool stuff ✍🏼)
  • good morning lovelies ☕️💕 I hope you’re having an okay week! what’re your plans today? I’m finally done with final exams & papers so I’m feeling much better ahaha 📝
    thank you so much @leuchtturm1917usa for the lovely muted pink journal (which you can get embossed now—pretty cool stuff ✍🏼)
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  • I’ve been doing so many fun Christmas pieces and I love it! ❤️ there is still time to get it done, let me know if you’re interested in one
  • I’ve been doing so many fun Christmas pieces and I love it! ❤️ there is still time to get it done, let me know if you’re interested in one
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  • (this) one decision can change your life forever. 🤯
Already talked about that alot, but it's still crazy .. _
For this lettering, I used a technique that I haven't used a long time! I wrote it by hand on paper, scanned it, edited in Photoshop, added this color halftone, print it out and went back to adding details with the pen ✌️ really Interesting to mix these two world - mix it up 😉
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  • (this) one decision can change your life forever. 🤯
    Already talked about that alot, but it's still crazy .. _
    For this lettering, I used a technique that I haven't used a long time! I wrote it by hand on paper, scanned it, edited in Photoshop, added this color halftone, print it out and went back to adding details with the pen ✌️ really Interesting to mix these two world - mix it up 😉
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  • 534 16 2 hours ago