My calligraphy journey – milestone achieved ft. Priya Prithviraj

A short story on my calligraphy journey – from where I started to where I have reached. And also a big reveal on my calligraphy milestone too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sit back and enjoy all my old calligraphy attempts like me and have a good laugh ๐Ÿ˜›

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I have been getting a lot of encouragement on my calligraphy works on social media and ever since then, my blog and crafting has taken a backseat! I do not know if my blog readers are interested in calligraphy but I thought why not share a little bit about my calligraphy journey, now that I have reached a serious milestone as well ( more on that below ). So to be frank I started my calligraphy journey in 2014 end when I decided I was going to take part in lettering challenges and improve my handwriting. As with any other challenge, I went on for a week max and I gave up. I decided I wasnt good enough and that I needed to add some professional supplies! Here is a look on few of my older calligraphy attempts and seeing them, I literally burst out laughing!

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  • I was asked by my sister to make a cover design for her poem “purple kisses” and this was like the best I could come up with. That was probably 2 years back but look at how much I failed pathetically at bounce calligraphy ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • I was quite determined to make the purple kisses look better so I tried yet another style filled with flourishes and omg I dont even dare look at it ๐Ÿ˜›ย Calligraphy, calligraphy in india, beginners calligraphy, calligraphy starter, handlettering, calligraphy worksheet, calligraphy tutorial, book launch, angela jose, the crafty angels. priya prithviraj, i still remember, writerly yours

 

  • My very first attempt at brush calligraphy was this. I might’ve written better in my 1st grade but well practice made me better right?

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  • This was when I got confident about my horribleย  calligraphy skills and decided to drop a dose of it in all my greeting cards one Christmas ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • A somewhat better version and this I made for my dear friend Piyu. I made her a set of card with motivational quotes and this was one of them. Though not the best, I can see the improvement ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you ?

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  • This was an entry for rockyourhandwriting challenge on insta few years back which infact had led me to take calligraphy a little more seriously. The prompt here was slow and fast writing – which one do you like better?

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  • Again an entry for rockyourhandwriting challenge and faux calligraphy at its peak! But I like how neat they are despite the strokes looking very much stressed and forced. I think I was using my new parker calligraphy pen here ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • I made use of my dot grid book to put kolam ๐Ÿ˜› “kolam” is a traditional indian motif/pattern that they put in the front of their house my making use of grid patterns.

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  • This one is almost a year back wherein my practice was better and handwriting as you can see had also improved.

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  • I even did a wall frame centered around my calligraphy ๐Ÿ™ I did love it so much back then but now I can see a whole lot of imperfection in them!

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But I would say that every step of your growth is important because only then you would know how far you have come. Seeing my old posts, I am happy right now that I have improved a lot better and I know that looking back long later, I would find this post funny but this post is meant to be. Meant to be the motivation for me to keep improvising and practicing. Meant to be a kick started for you guys to try your hand at calligraphy too.

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Now coming to the milestone part, I have a huge announcement to make. I contributed towards the design of an ebook titled “I still remember”, authored by Priya Prithviraj ( my very own little sister). I cannot thank Priya enough for the support she has given me when it came to the cover design. Even though I practice watercoloring and calligraphy often, I never considered myself as anything in that field until she put faith in my works and asked me to design the cover for her maiden book. As much as I was thrilled with the idea, I was scared thinking about the number of redo’s I might have to do but then she loved my work and the designing went so smooth and in time ๐Ÿ™‚

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The book as I mentioned is my sister maiden book so I request you guys to please please please do get a copy of it ( its free for kindle unlimited and amazon prime members for a limited period of time and she also has a giveaway for three copies as a part of the book launch). Its a short story – about 5000 words, good enough for a weekend read and especially its a romantic one, the story of an everyday girl.

” How do you forget someone youโ€™ve loved once?
Ji-woo dreams of becoming a writer and is back in college giving it a second shot. But then Weon-gyu, her first love, comes back into her new life. Will she give up on her dreams or will she write them a happy ending?ย 

Priya is having a book launch tour hosted by writerly yours and you can hop into know more about her book ๐Ÿ™‚

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Like it? I handpainted them with watercolor and Priya was kind enough to do all the necessary editing works. The word “remember” is handlettered with tombow fudenosuke hardtip and the rest is types ones ๐Ÿ˜› Did you like the cover? If you did I am sure you would love the book as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Well so I just wanted to show you guys that I wasn’t born with the talent to swish swash and make pretty calligraphy ๐Ÿ˜› I passed through all the wrong paths and finally I am assuming I am in the right path but I still have a lot to travel. If you haven’t read my previous post in the calligraphy section on the beginners calligraphy supplies, be sure to check them out too ๐Ÿ™‚ For now, its a bbye ย from me and Priya ๐Ÿ™‚ But be sure to visit the rest of the hop stops ๐Ÿ˜›

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About the Author of ย “I still remember “
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Priya Prithviraj writes poems which appear in journals such as Eastlit and the New Plains Review. She also writes about books, writing and publishing on her blog. She tweets at @priyaprithviraj.
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About the Book:
Title:ย I Still Remember
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Coming-of-Age
Age category: Young Adult
Release date: May 14, 2017

How do you forget someone youโ€™ve loved once?

Ji-woo dreams of becoming a writer and is back in college giving it a second shot. But then Weon-gyu, her first love, comes back into her new life. Will she give up on her dreams or will she write them a happy ending?

xoxo Angela

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8 comments

  1. Lovely and inspiring post. I have been trying my hands of calligraphy but never got the hang or time…I even once attended calligraphy classes but then dropped in 2 sessions as I was finding it very difficult to travel back then, now I regret that decision but your post has inspired me to take back the art of calligraphy, Your article on Supplies was really helpful.
    All the best to your sis on her book launch, would give it a try this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep writing.

    1. Hello Madhavi,
      Such a pleasure to see you here. Hope you are doing fine ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes you should definitely get back to writing. Glad my post could bring back your lost mojo ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do let me know when you put up a video on calligraphy. Would love to watch your style ๐Ÿ™‚ And will convey your wishes to my sister ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I totally love the quote you lettered for me dear Angela…its in my bed room wall inspiring me and my heart and soul, everyday i wake up to a lovely day…”Do what you can”….How profound

    1. Aw priya. You are always such a sweetheart. I am glad that those words are inspiring you everyday ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me send you a few more for your journal ๐Ÿ˜‰

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