My first step in lettering! (first attempt to create a perfect blog title image)

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I’ve started to practice lettering to make a new title image for my blog.
I was lucky to get these practice sheets from here.
I need to get comfortable with brush pens, which I have been avoiding all my life due to my low confidence in my own handwriting.

The brush pen used on the above practice sheet is the popular FABER-CASTELL PITT ARTIST PEN (B). When I bought the 4-pen pack, I expected the brush pen (B) would be the least used. But it proves itself incredibly useful for writing page titles in my bullet journal (which I will share with you soon!).

The FABER-CASTELL PITT ARTIST PEN is not the only pen I have for lettering. Below are some examples of my lettering practice with ZIG Journal & Title pens.

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While practicing, I got the feeling that this particular style does not really go with the spirit of my blog to be the title image … I need to try several different styles.

Anyhow, I am proud of my first step in lettering and my progress so far. I will get more supplies and keep trying until I have the perfect title image!

Resources:
1. Dawn Nicole Designs®: a resourceful blog of Dawn, a handwriting artist. Check out her free printable practice sheets.

2. Pretty Prints & Paper: YouTube Channel of Jessica Chung, one of my favourite bullet journalists and lettering artists. Check out her instructive videos on lettering and pen reviews. She also runs a blog of the same name here.

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Chocolate Swiss Roll for Valentine’s Day

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I made this Chocolate Swiss Roll cake for Valentine’s Day.

Recipe can be found here. I used half-sized strawberries and whipping cream.

Here are several things to improve:

  • Too much whipping cream. It was difficult to roll the cake cleanly into a good shape. The (other) recipe said 400ml, and I used 250ml, which was still too much. 100ml should be enough.
  • Strawberries were too big. Chop them into bite size.

I love whipping cream, but I always fail to use the right amount! It’s always messy and excessive. I always had residual cream with which I didn’t know what to do.  I was so determined to use up all cream this time, but some of them eventually flowed out of the cake with several pieces of strawberries.

All things considered, I was generally happy with how it turned out.

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I’ll make a better roll cake next time!

My first biscuits!

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I’m happy to make my first biscuits successfully!!

My mother bought this package of biscuit mix by mistake. Never been familiar with baking, she left it to me for my new interest in baking.

Don’t they look like the ones on the cover?

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Using mix was amazingly simple. My family loved the taste, and my mother was finally happy with her mistake (?), and she is already begging for more!

I didn’t have to have dinner after eating 5-7 biscuits.  I’m going to make another pack some time this week…

I want to be a better…

I want to break down ‘my personal development’ into several fields. Because I have limited time and tools, I need to specify several ‘areas’ to spend my time and energy for my personal growth. These are some of the activities I want to track my progress as the topics of many posts in this blog.

I want to be a better:

  • writer
  • blogger
  • reader
  • reviewer
  • crocheter
  • knitter
  • bowler
  • bullet journaler
  • traveler
  • baker
  • cook
  • pianist
  • dressmaker
  • decorator
  • doodler
  • cartoonist
  • calligrapher
  • photographer
  • poker player
  • video gamer
  • driver
  • and many others!

This list will continue to grow.  There are some activities I do on a regular basis; some I have either never tried; others briefly experienced or tried at some point in my life but abandoned thereafter.

I don’t know yet which topic to start first, but something will be up soon!