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This Friday is National Handwriting Day and I couldn’t be more pumped to whip my handwriting skills into shape. What about you?
So, I’ve partnered with Pentel of America to bring you a DIY video tutorial that is geared towards this super fun holiday. Make these dip dyed watercolor notecards and stationery sets, as gifts for friends and family and/or snail mail that you can stock up on to send out for special occasions, etc.
As part of the project, I collaborated with local designer, Erica Loesing from Yes Ma’am, to hand letter all of the dip dyed cards. And Erica is sharing her top 3 tips for better handwriting today, as well. Yay!
But first, the (video) tutorial. Here’s how to make dip dyed watercolor stationery with hand lettered greetings…
One of the things I love most about this project is the accessibility. All you need are a handful of super basic supplies, along with a watercolor set and a simple marker.
Here’s the full supplies list, in case you missed it in the video…
- Blank Notecards
- Pentel Arts Watercolors
- Pentel Arts Color Pen
- Paint Brush
- Paper Towels or a Rag
- Heavy Books (for stacking)
The whole process of mixing the paints, and dipping the cards takes almost no time at all (it took an hour to dip dye 25+ cards in 3 different colors). Then, you let the cards dry flat overnight, underneath a stack of books (and in between paper towels), and you’re ready to letter the front of each card with custom messages and send them out. Piece of cake!
Note: During the dip dying process, when you lay the cards flat for drying (which you’ll see in the video), the designs created in the inside of the card are much different than what is created on the outside. So when the cards are dry, if you like the design that was created in the inside better (which will look more like inkblots than a dip dye pattern), just fold your card over the other way, so that the inside becomes the outside.
If you’re like me, you may need a little assistance in the handwriting department before tackling a dip dyed stationery set on your own. So, I asked Erica to outline her top 3 tips for better handwriting and lettering to give everyone a push in the right direction.
1. Embrace your style. Love the way your hand writes rather than always trying for it to look like someone else’s.
2. Be mindful. Being present while writing allows you to appreciate the subtleties of how each letter connects to the next, the spacing, how the scale of each letter compares to it’s neighbors. And as handwriting becomes a bit of a lost art, enjoying it is pretty special.
3. Each pen, pencil, or nib allows your hand to move a little bit differently. Find the right tools for you.
Time to write some seriously awesome snail mail to friends. Right? Here’s how the finished project turned out…
Think you’ll give this dip dyed project a try? How are you planning to celebrate National Handwriting Day?
This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.
After yesterday’s confession, I’m feeling a little bit more on track for the new year. So, I made some DIY notebooks to give us all (myself included) an extra push in the right direction.
If there’s anything that can get me inspired to plan for the future, it’s a shiny new notebook. Am I alone on this? Or do you know what I’m talking about here?
To make these little guys extra special, I thought I would cover them in maple wood veneer and leather. How’s that for fancy notebook inspiration?!
Want to make your own?
- mini composition notebooks (you can get the same ones on Amazon)
- thin wood veneer (mine is maple – from a local woodworking store)
- scrap leather
- heavy duty craft glue
- textile paint and paint brush (if you plan to colorize your binding)
- chip clips
***Apologies in advance for the horrible step by step photos. It was not a good light day when I assembled these. It happens. But ugh!
1. Cut a piece of leather that is slightly larger than what you’ll need to cover the binder edging of each notebook. To measure, just place the edge of the leather over the black binding of your notebook. Then, wrap it around the back side and mark with a pencil before cutting. You’ll want to leave at least an extra 1/4 inch of overhang on each side of the length of the binding (as shown in the photo).
*If you plan to paint the leather, do so before moving on to step 2.
2. Next, attach the leather to the binding of the notebook with glue. I applied the glue to the leather and then attached it to the notebook, but you can apply the glue directly to the notebook instead, if you prefer. Attach a long chip clip to the leather after attaching (Not shown in the photo steps, but I did actually do this and it works great). This will act as a clamp while the glue is drying.
3. Once the glue has had time to dry (drying times vary based on the type of glue you use), cut two pieces of wood veneer that are slightly larger (about 1/4 inch excess all the way around is great) than what you’ll need to cover the front and back of the notebook.
4. Attach the first piece of veneer to the front of the notebook, with glue. Be sure to butt the wood right up to the leather binding. Then, flip it over and attach the second piece of veneer the same way as the first. Clamp the wood with a chip clip and wait for the glue to dry. Once dry, remove the chip clip. Then trim all of the excess wood and leather from the edges with a sharp pair of scissors. And it’s ready to use.
I ended up painting some leather turquoise and hot pink before attaching it to the notebook. And left a few plain, to let the gold leather have a moment in the spotlight. The leather is from Darby Smart, in case you want to grab the same one.
Here’s how the finished notebooks turned out…
Aaaand…a moment to admire my favorite eyeball bowl, that I will eventually (but not today) stop obsessing over.
The notebooks are in the background, so it’s completely relevant. Promise.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff // Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
I love how these turned out so much, that I made a whole bunch (with Linda’s help) and sent them out to a few friends to kick off the new year in style. So, they’re a good gift idea for friends, if you’re in the gifting mood.
Think you’ll give these notebooks a try?
I’ve never been the type of girl that takes a family photo and turns it into a card for the holidays. It’s just not my thing. BUT I’m not opposed to sending out a quick message to friends and family to let them know I’m thinking of them, this time of year. I’m not a monster. Gees.
The only problem with that, is that I’m usually so preoccupied with holiday projects and Christmas shopping that I forget to send something out. Which is why this year, I’m thinking ahead and doing something that is TOO easy to ignore…holiday postcards! Because postcards are basically the cooler younger brother of holiday cards. Let’s face it.
If you’re as forgetful or lazy as I am about these things, this one’s for you. I’ve partnered with Avery to create a free postcard printable that you can use too. So, all you have to do is download the PDF, grab a pack of these Avery blank postcards, and print!
The postcards are perforated, so you won’t even need scissors.
Bonus! You can use these as giant present tags and holiday notes too, if you already have your holiday snail mail planned out.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. We’re getting our Christmas tree this weekend – I always look forward to picking out a tree, so that should be fun. What are you up to? Anything holiday related?
This post is in partnership with Avery. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.