Calligraphy at TEAK cafe

February is over. FEBRUARY IS OVER. Can you believe it? I remember the day I silently sit in my bedroom waiting for call from hospital while listening to firework on NYE just fine. It’s depressing. And then BAM, hello march.

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Let us all take a moment to appreciate this set of handwritten calendar, sent to me by suwen as a gift. This month, I’m going to Phuket for a beach/dive/drink/rest trip. It’s been awhile since I last dive.

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This is my favourite black ink so far. The bottle contain moon palace sumi ink, which is one of the best rated sumi ink, dried waterproof.

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It’s bacon, BACONNNN! *rewatching HIMYM did this to me

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Get this pretty crane scissor from Hob.by.ist.my

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This, my dear, is how half of my work end up looking like. Smudged, ink splashes and blots. But it’s the message that counts right? You get it.

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Currently, I’m in the process of writing all quotes and lines for pictures at Phuket. I’m all planned out to not bring any calligraphy supply except this little book. We will see how that goes.

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First gradient watercolour lettering. And last.

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My new favourite pen, the Zanerian oblique holder fitted for EF66.

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All photo features calligraphy supply can be found at alcee calligraphy. Alcee has recently relocated to Kelantan and expanded to 2 men business. Hopefully I will have more time to expand product range and get my life together.

 

Love, dee xxx

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Calligraphy at WEIS cafe

Few months ago, I did this mini shooting at WEIS cafe and here’s how those photo turned out. Having limited equipment with me, I did the shoot with a Canon G12 and my Redmi 2.

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I actually quite like how these photo turned out. These photo featured some of my must have calligraphy tools. I travel a lot with my calligraphy pen. If you want a detail post of how I travel with my calligraphy gear, let me know.

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These black and white quote cards are my obsession. They are from kikki.k, another obsession.

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Recently, life has been… Pretty hectic. Hectic is not even the correct word. I’m just very tied down on my schedule, with the oncall and workload going on. I’m left with very little time to do things I want to do. Time like this, it’s so important to get priorities right.

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Most of the day, I passed out the second I get in my bed. On better days like today, I make time to do things I want to do, not need to do. Life is still exciting, considering the fact that this is going to be a once in a life time experience.

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I recently was nominated into this tallypress TOP 10 calligraphers in Malaysia search and finish as top 5 in the list. Although it is only a small scale voting process, I’m still very thankful to all families and friends who other to go through the process of downloading that apps and vote for me.

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Okay. Let’s stop rambling.

Love, dee

 

Modern Calligraphy

Let me start off with a disclaimer. I’m not a professional calligrapher. I don’t even practice on daily basis. I started lettering few months ago. I’m a beginner like you. The intention of this series of blog post is to share some basic tips for you to start lettering. An insight to modern calligraphy. You can find tons of similar posts on the internet. I would be happy to list down a few of my favourite for you later.

That’s that. Let’s get started.

Modern calligraphy lalalala. I wanted to write a sweet intro for modern calligraphy but I figured that is really unnecessary. The only thing you need to know about modern calligraphy is, there’s no rule for it. So do whatever you do best and have fun. There are 3 important aspects for calligraphy. 1) Supply, 2) Knowledge, 3) Practice. In that order. Trust me when I say you won’t be able to achieve what you want to write without any of the 3.

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Calligraphy Supply

You don’t need a fancy supply to get started. However, once you become more familiar with calligraphy, you need to gradually switch out your beginner tools. Your supply will grow with you. There are must-have and nice-to-have.

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Must have

  1. InkSumi Ink or black indian ink. some prefer Higgins eternal
  2. Pen HolderUniversal straight pen holder (I always recommend holder with universal insert over plastic speedball holder, they last you much longer because it fits more nibs)
  3. NibsNikko G / Zebra G
  4. Paper – Laser jet paper (60lb and above are good)

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Nice to have

  1. Colour inks, walnut ink, white ink, gold inks/paints, imagine the possibilities!
  2. Oblique holder (good for lefties)
  3. More nibs assortment

Knowledge

There are a lot of free guide on the internet that you can learn from.

The Flourish forum is a good place to start with. I recommend this site to every single customer that write to me and ask for tips. They have a very supportive community. Once in a while, there will be mail exchange activity so you could actually write (in calligraphy!) to a friend and get a reply (in calligraphy too!) Isn’t that exciting? Flourish forum also provide a set of digital practice guide where you can print out and practice.

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Other blogs I recommend are The Postmans Knock, Pieces Calligraphy and Julie Blanner. I almost exclusively only learn through thepostmansknock when I first started. Lindsey, the writer behind this blog is amazing. She also offer free printable and worksheets that you could practice with. So remember to check her blog out.

You can also opt for workshops. Melissa from istillovecalligraphy provide online workshop. If you are located in Kuala Lumpur, check out KLigraphy by Inez and Jil.

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Practice

If you already started writing, and you felt like shit. That’s perfectly normal. I still feel that way every time I practice. Please don’t let that shitty feeling discourage you. When you just get started, it’s perfectly normal to make ugly letters, out of shape, out of proportion. We all been there.

Every single amazing piece that you saw on instagram and pinterest has hours of practice behind it. Practice make progress, it leads you closer to perfection. This is one of my favourite quote to live by. It applies to everything we do. Pick up your pen, write a page or two everyday, troubleshoot your problem and find solution.

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I will be having a nibs set giveaway for Alcee next weekend. Stay tuned to alcee’s instagram if you are interested! Thanks for reading!

Love, dee

#27 – Stationery Shop

Okay. I have to admit that  I cheated. Again. But… This is good start. And I do hope this effort can be carry on so I’ll actually get there.

So yes. It counts.

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Yesterday, I added 2 tabs in the menu above. Calligraphy and Shop. For the past month, I’ve been working on my online shop. Visit the shop here. The original idea of this shop was to set up an online retail for beauty and cosmetic products. I know. As if I haven’t had enough shopping spree on cosmetics and beauty products, now I’m taking it to bulk purchase scale of shopping spree. Oh, that idea excites me. But that didn’t happen. After talking about it with few people and approaching brand and label, the heat slowly die down.

Then, we moved on to talking about container store. Acrylic container. To date, I don’t understand why acrylic container selections are so limited in Malaysia. It’s sad. I don’t want to talk about it.

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During my holiday, I pick up modern calligraphy, which is also on my bucket list (#46 – Learn Calligraphy). Choices of supply we have here in Malaysia is very limited. I search high and low for a local supply. The search came short. So I created one of my own. I don’t even remember when did I made up my mind to actually put these talks into action. Since then, I never looked back. Calligraphy has a relatively small market in Malaysia. Getting respond is challenging. I’m always busy. To top it off, I’m also always happy.

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The name is Alcee. Alcee means famous bearer WHAT?!? It’s also an Italian baby name (got that from google, only found out about that after I register the company license) Also, that is not what I intend to name my shop after. Famous bearer? Really? Anyway. the name is suppose to be ‘Hey Moose!’ But it is so common, the domains was taken I have to opt for other options. The gist of the story is, my favourite language is Spanish (also on the list, #8 – learn Spanish). Alce is moose in Spanish, and the extra ‘e’, hahaha, I would’ve put another 5 or 6 ‘e’ there (refer to URL), but that would be ridiculous for shop name. I have problems.

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This shop was set up with one focus, calligraphy supply. The hardest part of the whole process is to keep myself focus on what it was meant to be. I’m constantly struggling between expanding product range to full on lifestyle stationery or remain focus in calligraphy. The struggle is real. Along the process, I learn to channel my thought to where I want them to be, rather than having it all over the place.

Truth is, I have no idea what I’m typing anymore. I’m just gonna insert some random pictures and call it a post.

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love, dee