Do you buy your Valentine’s Day cards or do you make them yourself? I just cannot purchase a card, I always make them. I think, “I’m an artist, the least I can do is use my skills to make the card personal”. There’s no way around it, gotta get the pens and pencil crayons out, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us!
In the last couple days I’ve been using a new tin of Hahnemühle’s YouTangle.Art tiles to make some fun and easy Valentine’s Day cards. The cards are 3.5″ x 3.5″, the perfect size for a little love note.
I have to warn you. These are totally addictive to make! I had planned to do four or five and I’ve ended up making eleven! I’ll be posting again tomorrow with all the larger ones I made using Hahnemühle postcards. I can’t stop, I wanna make more!
All it takes are a few art supplies, some cute, sweet, saucy or fun ideas and you’re off to the races. I googled Valentine’s Day cards to get some ideas and after I started, I found ideas poured out. Here’s what you need…
List of Products I Used:
- Tombow Fudenoske Brush Pen (soft) This is my goto brush pen lately. I have enough control to get a good line and it allows for pretty letters even for a beginner. I do go through them fast though, I’m kinda rough on pens. I’d love to try other pens but as I’m new to this, I’m unsure what to try. I take suggestions!
- Hahnemühle YouTangle.Art Tiles These are wonderfully thick, 310gsm pluse they’re bright white and acid free & age resistant and such smooth paper. The tiles take fine liners so beautifully.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens (Brights + Pastels) Great line width and what a color choice!
- Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils Seriously, best pencils EVER! One of the best brands on the market. Super color saturated and you can use them as watercolors too, just add water, silly! (I had to throw that out there.)
- Zebra Sensations Technical Pens You gotta have really accurate lines and a thin line to correct any edges. I also use these to tangle.
- Staedtler Lumograph Pencils (my very favorite pencils of all time, I’ve tied so many! I use the F, H or 2H to get really light lines. They seem to be on a great sale now too, 40% off.)
The Hahnemühle YouTangle.Art tiles are bright white with rounded corners which I think make the love notes look extra cute. I could see using these as little clues throughout the day, leading to the Valentine’s prize at the end! I know a friend of mine, Sandra from Life Imitates Doodles, uses them to make little pieces of art to put in her husband’s lunch box. What a great way of sending a little love note everyday! Just enough real estate to say what you’re feeling. You get 25 tiles in each little tin. Oh, you didn’t know you get a tin too? YUP. You can use it to make a little DIY travel palette or your loved one can store their love notes in it. Gotta love getting a tin too!! (read all about them on the Hahnemühle website)
I learned the basics of brush lettering from the book I reviewed, “Lettering With Purpose“. It’s written by Brittany Luiz, she’s the Social Media & Content Manager for Tombow so she knows what she’s doing with those brush pens. Her bounce lettering is so gorgeous and I’m trying to learn how to bounce my letters correctly. It’s such a fun new skill to add! My friend Alice who created the bullet journal I’m loving (Tangle Starts Planner) has been inspired to learn brush lettering too and has started by purchasing the above book.
It seems so many of us are trying brush lettering and Hahnemühle Youtangle.art tiles. I’ll be talking about their postcards tomorrow for those of you who like making something a little larger. So cute and a little more real estate to work on. See you then! Happy almost Valentine’s Day.
OH, DON’T FORGET! I’m hosting a HUGE Valentine’s Day Giveaway right now so go on over to this page and enter. You might just win over $120 worth of art supplies including two Hahnemühle products (Cézanne watercolor block & Watercolor book).
Learning: Still working on bounce lettering. I’ll get it soon. It’s been about three weeks of actual practice.
Anticipating: Choosing a winner of my giveaway. I can’t wait to make someone’s Valentine’s Day super special.
Loving: Having my aunt around. We’ve had her for dinner several times, she’s now just down the hall and she can stop in anytime, it’s awesome! Who knew I could be this happy helping someone move?? ;o)
Grateful: For such great friends like Alice and Sandra who are helping promote my giveaway. What would I do without friends?