Day 2: Watercolor Quote

The last couple of days I have read all of L Bee and the Money Tree‘s old posts. You know when you come upon a website and you can’t believe you’ve never heard of it before because it is speaking your language? I felt that way about L Bee! I first heard of her on the Creative Empire podcast. (I love this podcast!  They interview the coolest, most inspiring women. But I do want to stab my eyes a little when they say “back to the convo ladies!” LOL)

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Anyway, I saw a quote from Anais Nin on there “Good things come to those who hustle.” That lead me to search Anais Nin quotes and many hours later I am now blogging about it! I found so many quotes that spoke to me and I wanted to letter them all right then and there.

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I decided on “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” How great is that? I’ve been thinking so much about habits, dreams, and goals and how the start of the school year is always like this for me. It’s a time of change and I love change. It’s scary, but always worth it.

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After 3 quick sketches on tracing paper, I dove right in with my pointed pen. Knowing I would scan it into the computer , I didn’t use grid lines or my light box. When I’m doing modern calligraphy, I find that I really like to stay away from grid lines. The type A person in me (and she is strong 🙂 will follow those lines even when I’m trying not too! Better to just let it flow!

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I thought that ink smear on the left was a crumb from the most insanely addictive chex mix ever. Turns out it was ink. Oops!

A quick trip through Photoshop and Illustrator and then we have our final product! I don’t like to alter my calligraphy too much on the computer, I like the little imperfections that come with it being handmade. If I’m doing something like a business logo, something that people will stare at forever…well, then I’m going to really let my perfectionist come out in Illustrator.

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If you missed the freebie pop-up, you can click here to get this quote for your phone’s wallpaper! I’ll send you a blue one too in case you don’t like yellow. 🙂

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