Fairy tale for Baby O

A tale for Baby “O”

This tale for Baby “O” was destined for my cousin’s baby shower. It was a bit of a “stab in the dark”, as I don’t see him often & I don’t know the baby’s Mom, so I just based myself on the info’s given to me by the baby’s grandmother. Working with that, I first composed a short “fairy tale” (where, of course, everyone lives Happily Ever After!). I wanted to work some calligraphy into it, and knew that the theme colour was to be blue, so I went from there.

The first step was to do the calligraphy with the parallel pen (3.8 mm) on a draft paper. I scanned it, picked up the outlines with Ps (Photoshop) and then worked them into my tale text. I followed the same process for the text written with the Touch marker (Nestleton News, happily every after). After it was all put together, I printed it onto watercolour paper. Some Ciao Copic markers added a touch of colour to the tale, then I aged the paper a little with a sponge inked with Distress Vintage Photo. The little Teddy Bear tag carries our message on the back of it.

Calligraphy is a fantastic way to personalise gifts, cards and tags. It doesn’t even have to be formal calligraphy – something simply hand-written (to my way of thinking) is a lovely way to make a gift more valuable. I’m getting off-topic and maybe a little sentimental, but I admit to eyes misting when I look at recipes written by our grandmother. As the saying goes “verba volant, scripta manent”. (Verba volant, scripta manent is a Latin proverb. Literally translated, it means “spoken words fly away, written words remain”.)

So, get out your pens and write!

Tool : Touch marker, Pilot Parallel Pen 3.8 mm, Ciao Copic markers

Paper : watercolour paper