We have once again partnered up with the lovely Jette Virdi to show you how you can make your very own watercolour calligraphy invitations / cards for Mother’s Day. This requires a bit of skill but once you’ve learned the basics the possibilities are endless!
You will need a few things from the craft shop for this project: some watercolours (Tiger do some great ones), thick textured paper, a calligraphy pen & ink. All of these things are really inexpensive and once you have them they will last you for ages. Calligraphy is also really therapeutic so definitely worth checking out!
Mix your watercolour paints with water and start working them into the paper. The paper will want to bend after soaking up the water so make sure you pin it down a bit with your hand to flatten it. I love the ombre effect that watercolours give you – if you want to lighten a spot, simply go over it with a clean brush and some water. When you’re happy with the effect just let the paper dry.
This is the slightly more tricky bit. Calligraphy takes a little bit of practice but it’s super fun and within an hour you will already see yourself getting better and better. Here is a fabulous series by Julie Blanner on How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days where you can learn all the details and tips but there really is only one major rule in calligraphy – on up-strokes you apply as little pressure as possible on down-strokes a bit more pressure to separate the nib of your pen and create a thicker line.
As with everything else – practice makes perfect. It is great fun though so definitely check it out. If you need any further incentive I will just say that there is golden metallic ink you can buy and it’s beyond pitifuller!
If you are not the self-teaching type, make sure to check out Jette’s Workshops on her website!
Have you ever tried calligraphy?