Calligraphy Valentines with a Watercolor Wash!

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 Calligraphy Valentines with a Watercolor Wash!
Handmade Valentines are perfection.
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 Especially paired with a bouquet of roses, right!?
 ProFlowers sent me this bouquet of roses to use in this post.
I picked this bouquet.
24 short stem Rainbow roses, but
they have a bunch of beautiful arrangements for Valentine's day!
They will arrive different than the picture.
They come wrapped carefully in a box and you arrange them yourself.
The vase they sent was too tall for the roses, so I used a mason jar.
The roses are in bud form and they don't layer the same as the ProFlowers photo.
It's just real life.  They are beautiful roses and a great range of colors.
 I love the combination of watercolors and Calligraphy together.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen it!
I put a video together showing my process.
I sped up the watercolor painting and calligraphy to 4X speed,
 except the Yellow is real time so you can see the speed I regularly go.

Cut a sheet of watercolor paper in quarters.
Tape them down to an easy to clean surface with painters tape.
Use lots of water and dabs of paint.  Let them dry completely.
 You can use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
Once dry, you can hand letter right on top.
I used an oblique nib holder and a Brause 66 EF
(which is actually not a great nib for coarse watercolor paper, but it's my favorite)
I also used Dr. Ph. Martin's copper ink.
 Modern Calligraphy is similar to cursive lettering.
You want to create a thick downstroke and a thin or hairline upstroke.
Practice practice practice!
Faux Calligraphy is also an excellent choice for beginners.
 I wrote some fun quotes and a Be My Valentine.
The copper shimmers and shines in the sunlight.
A fancy envelope seals the deal.  I used a bunch of canceled stamps on it too!
 Paired with a bouquet of roses for perfection!
Letter on your favorite quotes for inspiration!
Makes great wall art, handouts for church, invitations to parties or weddings,
 handmade gifts and more!
 Watercolors and Calligraphy are a match made in heaven!
Hope this inspires you to make some handmade Valentine's!

Here's some more inspiration for Calligraphy and Watercolors!
Get some and try it out, you will love it and become hooked!
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