How to practice calligraphy daily

I used to think that in order to be really good at calligraphy I have to spend a lot of time to practice calligraphy.

While true, that mindset is hindering me in taking the initial steps to learn new things. Before I even make the first steps I’d be giving up thinking I won’t have the time to master it, so why even bother to practice calligraphy?

Until one day I saw a woman knitting in the subway. First I thought it’s so cool that she was just minding her own business knitting in the busy rush-hour train ride, and then I noticed she got off the train only in a couple of stops. So in total, she probably knitted for 10 minutes. 

Most people might think: how much can you knit in 10 minutes? But hey, that’s the same 10 minutes I spent doing nothing! 

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How to improve your calligraphy

I love writing calligraphy and after years of practicing, I’ve figured out a sure way to improve my calligraphy writing. As more people start asking me about calligraphy and hand-lettering, I come to think that maybe I do have something to share from years of practicing this art form. 

When I first start learning calligraphy, I was all excited about the beautiful styles I want to learn. So often I see awesome calligraphy and lettering art in magazines and on social media (the invention of endless scrolling is the end of me ), and I set myself out to mimic and learn those styles. There is value in imitating others’ work as long as you are not stuck in that mode and you give credit where credit is due. What I’ve learned is that there is a common thread that runs through all the masterpieces.

The most important thing in practicing calligraphy

The more I am on this journey the more I believe in the importance of the basic principles in calligraphy, and they can be sum up into this one thing— consistency

Mainly, consistency in the four S’:

  • The stroke width. Are your upstrokes all equal or similar in their thin-ness? Are the downstrokes all equal or similar in thickness? 
  • The size. Are the letters consistent in size? I know this one is debatable when it comes to modern calligraphy, but that’s for another email!
  • The slant. Are your letters all have the same slant?
  • The spacing. Are the letters spaced evenly, visually speaking? Are the spaces between words consistent?
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Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Books for Beginner

In this post, I am listing 6 books for anyone who is starting their lettering or calligraphy journey.

People often ask me on the topic of lettering and calligraphy. And I can really nerd out about the techniques, the tools, and resources. One of the ways that helped me improve on my calligraphy and lettering style is learning from books. There are so many books out there it can be overwhelming. Because I am not so much of an avid reader, therefore I tend to choose books with just enough educational text and more diagrams and imagery examples rather than a wordy explanation. So here I am sharing with you the books I found very helpful in learning and improving my chops.

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12 Purrfect Gifts for Cat Mom

Here are my top 12 purrfect gifts for those hard-to-please cat lover in your life. The following gifts are unique and will surely gain instant approval from your strange cat friends, especially that cat mom.

As a cat lover myself, I often get gifts from friends that are cat-related. Although always well intended, the gift itself might be kind of meh. For instance, when I received a t-shirt with a cat print all over it, I don’t think I ever wore it once. We cat people can be very particular about stuff with cat print all over it.

Chances are if you are reading this post you probably are not sure if you should buy that hideous looking cat-print stuff for your crazy cat friend. On the one hand, you think it looks ugly. On the other hand, you think maybe your weirdo cat friend will like it because there are cats on it, and anything with cats is good, right? That is why I am here to help.

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The Easiest Flat Lay Photography Tips

The most budget friendly tips for taking clean and beautiful flat lay photography

A while ago, I made a video and blog post showing you how to make seamless Instagram feed. In the video, I have many flat lay top-view photos. And many people were asking photography tips to achieve that look

In this video, I am showing you how to take flat lay photos with your iPhone or other smartphones. Using the native camera app, and with a little help with photoshop for post-production tricks.

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How to Maximize Personal Fundraising Campaign for Impact

It takes a lot of work to run a fundraising campaign. In this post, I want to give you some tips on how to maximize the impact of your campaign.

A while ago I went on a mission trip and used Bonfire.com to run a personal fundraising campaign. The campaign was successful. I went to India for two months working with a local ministry. We help the women and children victimized by sex trafficking in the red light district. It was the best two-months I spent in a foreign country. I shared with others how to use Bonfire.com to fundraise without any budget in this post.

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Posca Paint Pens Review and Projects

I have a confession to make, I am a pen-hoarder.

I love Posca Paint pens. As an artist and DIY enthusiastic, I have this problem of compulsive pen shopping. I probably own more art supplies than I can use in my lifetime. I am going to make my supplies useful by giving it an honest show-and-tell review. This way you can know exactly what these tools are good for before you take out your wallet.

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Hand-lettering Surfboard Art

In this post, I will show you the process of how I design and draw on a 7′ surfboard.

I am so excited to share with you my first hand-lettering surfboard art. Like most artist, I like to draw on any surface that I am allowed. When a friend of mine asked me to create a surfboard art for her, I was ecstatic! I’ve never written on a surfboard before, and frankly, I have no idea how to surf. She wanted me to hand-letter Psalm 139:9-12 on the deck, which is the top side of the board. It’s a pretty lengthy passage, the first idea I had was to write it small enough for most sentences to be in one line, but then when I sketched it out, it seemed pretty blah. So I changed my mind and decided to go big. I used up pretty much the whole surface, and I loved the final result!

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Cyanotype Fabric Printing

In this post, I’ll show you how to do a sun-print on fabric!

Cyanotype fabric printing is a combination of sun-printing and fabric dyeing. Cyanotype is the grandfather of the sun-printing process and one of the earliest photographic techniques ever developed. The printing technique was discovered around 1948, and it produces a distinctive, vibrant Prussian blue monochromatic prints.

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