I have been playing with my little whimsical pieces a lot lately, and realized that I had a problem. Well, a “need”.
I needed to be able to emphasize a word or have one word bigger than the others. I needed to have a way to create contrast.
The problem is, I’m using gel pens that are monoline. There’s only one size of the line that it makes. So off to the drafting table I went to experiment.
First I used my Crayon Cursive with a black crayon and sparkly gel pen highlights. But that ended up being actually too big. And I wasn’t wild about my results with a colored pencil. It needed to “go” with my gel pen hand printing better or something.
Then I tried drawing a cursive-style, coloring in the thicks and thins with the gel pen, but I was sorely lacking in enough skill to pull that off.
Then I tried using two colors of gel pens for an almost double-stroke, which looked crummy, but it gave me the idea to use a colored pencil to “shadow” the gel pen line. And that looked kinda neat. And soft. And I generally love soft.
And I don’t know what got into me, but somehow I got the idea of putting polka dots on top of the monoline. Polka dots?? I truly have no idea how that occurred to me. But I tried it, and they were fun, and sorta worked! So, yay! J
Then I graduated from a “shadow” to a “halo”. It reminds me of the outlined words of my junior high days. Hahaha Did everyone else do that, too? Outline around complete words, kinda like puffy clouds? … Ah, youth. J
Anyway, that’s what this new combination is: my fun cursive made with a gel pen + a halo done with a colored pencil + polka dots using a gel pen.
Oh, and done with neon colors, too! How much fun is that?!
And just think of all the possibilities: you can use the same color for both for a low-contrast look, or something like neon yellow dots on top of a neon green cursive for a high-contrast, very whimsical look. (I find myself using that combo a lot.)
So that’s the latest from the studio… Fun, fun, fun!!
I hope it brings a smile to your face! J
Lucky Dog ♥