Calligraphy and hand lettering

We moved again. Not cities just houses. But I'm sure you will agree that's it's not any less stressful and tiring.
With a lot of things going on, sometimes the craftsy side of me takes a back seat.
We're still settling in and I think I'll take a few more weeks to fully unpack and get back to a stage where I'll not look for things in moving boxes.

Sunrise from our living room window

Our new place is full of floor to ceiling windows and let's in a lot of natural light. I've set up a crochet corner in the living room right by the window. I enjoy waking up early on weekends and sit there with a cup of coffee and crochet. I will take pictures of it and post them here next time.
I recently decided to revive my interest in calligraphy and hand lettering. I didn't buy any new stationery at first and started working with whatever I had athand. It's only when I visited India last December, I bought a few hero fountain pens and drawing pencils. Recently I went to Daiso and got a few drawing books, brush pens and water colours.

Cursive calligraphy using a Nataraj(Indian brand) of colour pencils. 

I also bought some a grid paper notebook to try out symmetrical designs. 

I used a mechanical pencil from Staples, Camelin HiPar lead to draw and black Nataraj colour pencil to darken.

While trying to find more inspiration on Pinterest and YouTube, I came across a lot of amazing blogs and channels. One of my favourite was Shayda Campbell's YouTube channel. She is so amazingly talented. If you are beginner in hand lettering, I do recommend watching her videos.

 After trying out a few patterns, I fell in love with botanical patterns. The best part of this is that I can draw them just from my imagination and they are so forgiving.

I used a HERO pen with Brill black ink.

I was pretty happy with it when I made it but now I feel like I could have done a better job. I can see some shaky strokes. But since it's part of the learning process, I will not beat myself up about it.

I used a Jinhao X450 to write and a fine point Sharpie to fill in.

I specifically like this pen because it has a medium point nib which isn't scratchy at all and the flow of ink is smooth as well.

This is my haul from Daiso. I think I went a bit overboard with the brushpens. I have used only 2 of them so far.

These drawing books have unruled paper and I love the quality of paper. I did not think they could handle fountain pen drawing and water colours, but was pleasantly surprised. I will post photos of my drawings I made in these books in the next post. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my revived interest in calligraphy and hand lettering.
Come back again if you want to read more about it.
Till I post agian,


  1. Hi Ranjitha, it's good to see you back in blogging world. I too love drawing and calligraphy and try my best to find time for that. I keep a little note like a bullet journal for all these doodles and letterings. Hope to see you here more often. Have a wonderful day! Hugs :)


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