Thursday, April 13, 2017

DIY Shimmering Ink Tutorial For Copperplate Calligraphy/ Modern Calligraphy

DIY Shimmering Ink For Copperplate Calligraphy/ Modern Calligraphy

I love Shimmering Ink for my Copperplate Calligraphy practice.  Dr Ph Martin's offers a large selection of Iridescent Calligraphy Inks.  But it can be pricey if you want to try all the colors.  That's why I love to mix my own Shimmering Ink.

Here is my DIY Shimmering Ink recipe:

You will need:

Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Silver Ink

Dr Ph Martin's Hydrus Watercolor Set

(Dr Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor will work, or you can use your own watercolor set)

How to:

I usually use ratio 6:1 or 3:1 (Silver ink: watercolor)

then dip the watercolor brush in a water and then mix the ink together.

And now you get the beautiful Shimmering Ink!

Here is the tutorial video:


Here are some examples that I used my DIY shimmering ink:

You will get a better look at this video, it is pretty shimmering!  In this video, I used 2:1 ratio (Silver ink : watercolor)

Hope you enjoy my DIY Shimmering Ink Tutorial!

Click here to see my Favorite Calligraphy Supplies.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Calligraphy Alternative for Finetec Gold Watercolor set - Kuretake Tambi Starry Colors

Calligraphy Alternative for Finetec Gold watercolor Set - Kuretake Tambi Starry Colors Set

I love using gold ink for my calligraphy.   I already have Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate ink which I love.   And I know a lot of calligraphers using Finetec Gold Watercolor Set.  As crafty junkie, I always love to try new stuff.  However, Finetec is out of my budget.   Then I saw Kuretake Tambi Starry Color Set on Amazon, I decided to try them out.  It is selling $12.97 right now (as today 3/28/17).  I think i paid around $15 when I bought mine.  

Here is the link

Good Alternative? 

The answer is Yes! 
I love it.   The colors are beautiful.   It writes beautifully.   The ink flows well, I am able to get my hairline.  And they are very shimmering,  you can see the video below.   I haven't tried Finetec, so I can't really compare to.   But if you are in budget like me, I definitely will try them out. 

Kuretake Tambi Starry Colors Set in action

Have you tried both Finetec and Kuretake Tambi Starry Color?  What is your opinion?

Thanks for visiting my blog. 
Happy Calligraphy

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Review Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Calligraphy Ink - Modern Calligraphy

Review: Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink


Modern Calligraphy


I am new to Modern Calligraphy, I just started about 3 months ago.  I have been really enjoying my new hobby!  It really therapeutic and calming!  It is a good way to relax before I go to bed.  I love to practice my drills right before I go to bed.  I think I sleep better after the practice!  lol

I am not a "Gold" or "Blink Blink" type girl, but for calligraphy, I love how my letters in gold.  I heard a lot of good and bad reviews about Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink.  So I decided to get a bottle and tried it by myself.


You can order your Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent via Amazon


My Experience:


The Good:

First of all, I love the color!  It is very vibrant!  It is real Gold, not yellowish!  It is kind of sparkling!  And I love the texture, after the ink dried, I love to feel my writing!  lol


Secondly, it dries super fast!  And the color doesn't change much after it dried up!  It stays as same as it is wet.  


Thirdly, the price is pretty reasonable.  It is about $10 per bottle.  I have been writing a lot with this ink, I used less than 1/4 bottle.  I think this bottle will last me for a long time.


Here are the videos of me writing with Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink.


This one I was using Zebra G Nib:


This video I recorded this morning with Tachikawa G nib:


The Bad:

I have a hard time to get the ink flow right with my Nikko G nib, but it works perfectly with my Zebra G nib and Tachikawa G nib.  Also, I noticed that if the weather is cold, I would have the ink flow issue.  So you will have to play around with different nibs to find the sweet spot.


It is the only bad about this ink.  I highly recommended Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copper Plate Gold to all calligraphers.


You can order the ink via Amazon


Supplies List:


Zebra G Nib

(I love this nib, it is more flexible than Nikko G, but not too flexible for beginners like me)

Tachikawa G Nib

(I love this nib as well, it is also more flexible than Nikko G, Zebra is slightly more flexible than this Tachikawa nib.  And this nib holds more ink than Zebra G and Nikko G, so you don't need to dip your pen as often)

What is your experience with Dr Ph Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold Ink?  Do you like it?  Please share your experience with us!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!! Handmade Thanksgiving Cards

Happy Thanksgiving!

Handmade Thanksgiving Cards

Handmade Thanksgiving Card

I can't believe that this Thursday will be Thanksgiving!  This year just flies by!  I have so much fun making these Thanksgiving Cards for my November Card Swap Buddy.  These two are so simple but elegant! 

Design One:

Handmade Thanksgiving Card with Grateful Hearts Stamp Set

I used Fun Stampers Journey Grateful Hearts Stamp Set AT-0159, then I colored the berries with MozArt Brush Pen Set.  By the way, I love the MozArt Brush Pen Set, I will probably write a review after Thanksgiving.  I wrapped the card with some fingerweight yarn.  Then I added my handmade felt bow that I made it with Fun Stampers Journey Mini Bow Die.   At last, I splashed some of Fun Stampers Journey Silver Silk for the ink splash effect.  This card takes less than 30 mins to make.   

Design Two:

Fun Stampers Journey Grateful Heart Stamp Set

I love heat embossing, so the 2nd card, I used Gold Embossing Powder for the Stamp Image.  This card looks a lot prettier in person!  I really don't like the Gold Embossing Powder (Recollection from Michael's) I have, it doesn't adhesive on the card too well, I will have to try different brand.   

Supplies List:

Stamp Set - Fun Stampers Journey Grateful Heart Stamp Set AT-0159 

Brush Set - MozArt Brush Pen Set

Bow - Fun Stampers Journey Mini Bow Die

Ink Splash - Fun Stampers Journey Silver Silk

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner (made by Webster's Pages)

My Fun Stamper Journey Traveler's Planner

Made by Webster's Pages

Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner

I am so excited to receive my Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner/ Traveler's Notebook Planner (aka Bronze Traveler).  I originally wanted to order Midori Traveler's Notebook Planner, I like that I can add different refill notebooks.  However, I don't like that it doesn't have any compartment, you have to buy their zip pocket or business card holders.  

Then I found out that Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner, and it is made by Webster's Pages, I know that the quality will be superior!  And there are compartment for things.  And the color is beautiful BRONZE!    Also, I love the price!  lol  FSJ Traveler's Planner is only $31.95, but the Midori Traveler's Notebook Planner is a lot more expensive, depends on which website do you order, it is from $38 to $60. 

I love my Handmade Alice in Wonderland Planner Charm

Side view of the Traveler's Planner

The other reason I bought FSJ Planner is that I can use Japanese Traveler's Notebook refills!!  YEAH!!  You can order the refill from Amazon.  I bought the Midori (#019) 28 Weeks Diary.  It fits perfectly as you see the pic below.  Here is the link for the refill: Midori (#019)

I definitely love Midori refills, it is a very good quality paper, I can write with my favourite Pilot Petit 1 Fountain Pen, no bleeding.  If you love writing with Fountain Pens, you would love Midori Refills.

The planner comes with a sketch book (the one with Kraft Cover).

Inside of the planner:

Midori #019 Refill with my Fun Stampers Journey Bronze Traveler Planner

Click here to order your Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner.


Here is the unboxing video for my Fun Stampers Journey Traveler's Planner:

You can see how does the planner look.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hedgehog vs Hedgehog Cute Handmade Card - Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box

Hedgehog vs Hedgehog Cute Handmade Card

(From Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box)

Hedgehog vs Hedgehog Handmade Card

I am so excited that Fun Stampers Journey September bloom box!  Because it has a cute little hedgehog stamp!!  Love Love Love this Hedgehog stamp.  It is super cute.  I think it looks exactly like Mui Mui (My baby Hedgehog girl).

Here is the close up for the card:

Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box Hedgehog Card

The instruction comes with the kit is super easy to follow, I finished this card less than 40 mins.  I didn't have the reinker, so I used "watercolor" for the background.  And I also used watercolor for coloring the hedgehogs.

Here is another pics of Mui Mui and the card:

Hedgehog vs Hedgehog Handmade Card

This silly girl tried to hide inside the card!  lol

There are the rest of the cards in this September Bloom Box:

Fun Stampers Journey September Bloom Box

You can order your bloom box at

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Super Cute Fox and Raccoon Card

Super Cute Fox and Raccoon Card

Super Cute Fox and Raccoon Card

When I first saw the this cute animal stamp set (Creature Comfort - SS-0308) on Fun Stampers Journey catelog, I know I have to get this set.  Coz this set include Fox, Raccoon, Beaver, Squirrel and Bunny.  It is my backyard!  lol  I have all these animals in my backyard, they come to visit us every day.  

Creature Comforts Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey   

This stamp set also has a matching die set.  So it is pretty cool, you don't need to cut by sciossors.

How to make this card:

For Background:

I colored it with PanPanstels (Party Pop Set) by Fun Stampers Journey.  I tried to achieve the sunset, so I colored it with Skyblue for the sky, and blend it with White.  On the bottom of 1/3 the card, I colored it with Orange, and then blended it to middle of the card.  I was surprised that how easy to use PanPanstels for the background.  I am in love the result!  It is beautiful! 

For Fox and Raccoon:

I colored them with Reeves Watercolor Set from AC Moore.  

For the Grass:

I used the grass die from Darice.  I got it from AC Moore.

For the Leaf and the Sentimental Prints:

I stamped the leaf and sentimental prints on my old stash cardstocks.  

I really enjoy making this card, I am able to try new medium (PanPastels) and my favorite stamp set (Creature Comforts).  And this card is fairly easy to make, it took over an hour to make.  But I will probably can make it within an hour next time.