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Kim Haskell  An East Coast ocean-loving gal, I was born with a pencil in my hand (so says my mom) Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 🇨🇦

It's nib week over at @calligrabasics so it's a perfect time to try a new nib. Today I'm playing with the Hunt 22B, which is certainly a popular choice but somehow one that I've never had in my pen before today. As a fan of the Hunt 101, I can sometimes be guilty of not reaching for other options, but I think I'll get along just fine with the 22B as well. The watercolour illustration here was entirely drawn with the 22B and features the lettering prompt from #allthingsaprilchallenge.
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Paper: Canson 140lb Watercolor
Nib: Hunt 22B
Nib holder: Ash Bush Oblique
Paint: Artist's Loft liquid watercolor in yellow, magenta, and turquoise
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#calligrabasics #cb_nibs #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #banner #aprilshowersbringmayflowers #illustration

Celebrating our beautiful blue planet today for Earth Day! I managed to snap this photo right before a surprise spring hailstorm forced me to run for cover inside. Looking forward to an evening of energy conservation by hanging out with my hubs by candlelight! 🌎
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paint: Holbein watercolor
Ink: Dr. PH Martin's Bleedproof White
Brushes: Winsor & Newton Cotman Round No8 and No2
Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll in white
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#letteringwithelle #aprilletteringnature #calligraphy #typography #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #holbein #earth #earthday

I've been known to use twist ties and dish soap to create some bubble blowing fun in a pinch. This is, however, my first attempt at drawing bubbles. There is a good selection of tutorials online, so I combined elements from several to create these bubbles to accompany the #letterinapril prompt for today. .
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Paper: Recollections cardstock
Coloured pencils: Prismacolor Premier
Pens: Dylusions paint pen in lemon zest and Sakura Gelly Roll in white
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#calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #script #coloredpencil #coloredpencils #prismacolor #bubbles

I switched to acrylic paint today to try an abstract wreath for #aprilwreathchallenge. Although I often reach for watercolours, the blendability of acrylics makes them so much more forgiving. Except when I inevitably have to try to clean them from under my fingernails. My work surface betrays just how messy I like to get when creating. Then again, if we are to believe this sentiment from #showersofkindness, I was created to do this so rainbow hands are surely permissable. 😊
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paints: Ranger Dylusions acrylic in Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen, Bubblegum Pink, and Fresh Lime
Paint pen: Dylusions in White Linen
Misc: Ranger ink blending tool and foams
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#calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #fauxcalligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #acrylicpainting #acrylicpaints #rangerink #abstract

This morning I took a timely @skillshare class from @ninarycroft called The Art of Bunnies in Books. Fueled with my new knowledge and a handful of chocolate eggs, this fuzzy little guy is my result from the lessons. Happy Easter everyone!
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paint: Prang Semi-moist watercolors
Brushes: Winsor and Newton Cotman round 000, 1, and 4
Pen: Le pen 003
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#calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #easter #bunny #rabbit #happyeaster #banner #brushlettering #brushletteringpractice #skillshare #letternewbeginnings #letterwithelle

Got my watercolour on for today's #characterlettering prompt from @journeyofapen. When it comes to change, this week has been largely marked by the arrival of springtime weather where I live. It is so wonderful to experience the longer days and the return of songbirds and sunshine. Being Canadian, I know better than to hide my parka too deep in the closet just yet, but here's hoping that we've seen the last of our snow for the season.🌷
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paint: Artist's Loft liquid watercolor in magenta, yellow, and turquoise
Brushes: Royal and Langnickel Zen flat 14 and Winsor and Newton Cotman round No1
Pens: Pigma Micron 01 and Tombow dual brush pen in N75
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#calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #artistsloft #michaels #brushlettering #brushletteringpractice

If you are a new or aspiring letterer, it is my hope that this post will be an encouraging reminder that we all start at the beginning.

I first picked up a calligraphy pen in the summer of 2015. I had enrolled in a 2-day Copperplate workshop and my first ever piece of writing is the large piece you see here. I was honestly pretty excited about it at the time- look Ma, thicks and thins! Today, I see all the hallmarks of a beginner- wobbles, inconsistent slant, and an unfortunate spelling fail for liquor (#embarrassing). However, this is an important snapshot of what the beginning of my lettering passion looked like. Today, I rewrote the same pangram using the same paper and nib, which you can see on the right. Is it perfect? Nope, far from it. Is it an improvement? Absolutely! If you're struggling as a beginner and feeling overwhelmed by the beautiful calligraphy and lettering you see, please consider this example. We all start somewhere and with practice and time, it only gets better! .
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Paper: Geographics Parchment
Nib: Hunt 101
Pen Holder: Ash Bush
Ink: before: Pelikan 4001, after: Yasutomo Vermillion sumi
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#wabisabiapril #calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #copperplate #pointedpen #beforeandafter

So sorry I've been a little absent in these parts. It's been quite a full couple of weeks with lots of spring cleaning, visitor hosting, and overtime working at my day job. I think this week should offer a bit of a reprieve so I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of lettering life. Today's piece is from the #turnthepaigeintoapril prompt. As a kid I loved flying kites. Conveniently, I grew up next to a field where I could send a kite soaring and watch it dance against a background of fluffy clouds. I worked my way through many kites over the years, but still have my favourite- a pink one featuring a yellow dinosaur and long pink tails that taper off at the ends. .
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paint: Winsor and Newton water colours in Cobalt Blue Hue, Mauve, Hookers Green Dark, and Dioxazine Purple; Designers gouache in Spectrum Yellow
Brushes: Royal and Langnickel Zen no14 flat, Winsor and Newton Cotman round no1 and 000
Pens: Pentel touch pen in black and Tombow dual brush pen in N75
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#calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #brushpenlettering #flyakite #kite

I was cruising the net for fun pangrams and came across this gem by Craig Eliason from The Daily Pangram. For anyone unfamiliar with pangrams, they are phrases that contain every letter of the alphabet at least once. I'd never seen this one before but love that it reads like a normal sentence- albeit a sentence by a male author. We ladies would never think it's crazy that women improved things- we're pretty darn amazing, amiright? 😊
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Paper: Tomoe River
Nib holder: Ash Bush Carrot
Nib: Hunt 101
Ink: Noodler's Apache Sunset
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#handletteredabcs #handletteredabcs_2017 #calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #copperplate #pointedpen #pangram #flourish #noodlersink #apachesunset

Hooray for Friday and for the arrival of this month's @mailmorelove subscription box! Among all that gorgeous stationery (I am a total sucker for letterpress), this month included a rubber stamp that was designed by yours truly! I'm excited to put it to use on some mail art, especially since National Letter Writing Month is just a week away. In a world of digital technologies, it's wonderful that there is still a month devoted to mailing a little love out into the world. .
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#mailmorelove #calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #snailmail #lettering #envelope #pointedpen #copperplate #vermillion #penpal #mailart

"Do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa
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Today's piece is for mini week at @calligrabasics​. This little fun-sized galaxy can fit entirely under a Canadian dime which has a diameter of 18.03mm (0.71 inches). .
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paint: Prang Semi-moist watercolors
Brushes: Winsor and Newton Cotman round No1 and No4
Nib: Crowquill
Ink: Dr. PH Martin's Bleedproof White
Marker: Tombow dual brush pen in N89
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#cb_minis #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #galaxy #letter5ways #quote

One of my favourite things about Instagram is the never-ending wealth of creativity. The community of people who share their artistic talents never ceases to amaze and inspire me, and I love opportunities to combine forces (yep, like a superhero) and support other creatives. This piece is one such collaboration featuring the poetic insights of Savannah from @jadepoetry and artwork by moi. To check out more of Savannah's poetry, be sure to check out her feed. This passage about change feels especially appropriate to me today as we shift into spring season. There's a fresh pile of snow outside where I live, so a change from that is most definitely okay. .
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Paper: Artist's Loft 98lb Mixed Media
Inks: Ranger Distress Oxides in faded jeans, worn lipstick, wilted violet, broken China, and fossilized amber, Dr. PH Martin's Bleedproof White
Nib holder: Ash Bush
Nib: Nikko G
Pen: Uniball Signo white
Misc: Ranger mini mister and ink blending foams
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#calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #pointedpen #copperplate #rangerink #distressoxide #poetry

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