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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 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

If there is an opportunity to make a wish on something, I tend to take it. Birthday candles, eyelashes, shooting stars, 11:11, and dandelions are all fair game. Did I forget any other common wish-making opportunities? Anyone else out there wishing the weekend was just one day longer?! .
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Paper: Strathmore Bristol
Pens: Winsor and Newton water colour marker in Payne's Gray, Pigma Micron in 005, Pentel touch pen in black, Tombow dual brush pen in N95
Brush: Princeton Snap Round #16

Today's post from the #funfirstmay challenge was one that I didn't want to miss for a couple of reasons. Since "swell" is one of the words in my name, I can never pass up the opportunity to letter it. More importantly, today marks the birthday of @tjt.design, one of the hosts of this challenge. Tyra is a champion in the lettering community here. In addition to being talented, she is always quick to share a kind word and is supportive and caring beyond measure. Wishing you a very happy birthday Tyra! πŸŽ‰
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Paper: Ranger Watercolor
Background: Ranger Distress Inks in mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch, and chipped sapphire
Ink: Yasutomo sumi, Dr PH Martin's Bleedproof White
Brush: Royal and Langnickel round no2
Pen: Tombow dual brush pen in N75

Happy last day of April! Today's prompt is from #bloombeautifulapril and felt appropriate because the flower seeds I've planted for my garden have started to sprout this weekend! I don't really consider myself a green thumb, so it was pretty satisfying to see signs of life in my planters. 🏡️
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Paper: Canson 140lb watercolor
Paint: Prang Semi-moist watercolors
Brush: Prang #6 from watercolor set
Pen: Pigma Micron 05, Pentel touch pen, Tombow dual brush pen in N75
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#calligraphy #handlettering #handlettered #lettering #watercolor #watercolour #prang #wreath #watercolorflowers #pigmamicron #illustration

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

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