The 30 Days of Disney Challenge.
If you’re following me on Instagram then you know that I’m currently doing a 30 Days of Disney Challenge brought to life by The Blushing Script and since June is coming to an end, I thought it’d be fun to do a little recap of this challenge.
If there’s something that truly fascinates me, it’s calligraphy and lettering. These two are something I’ve always had a weak for. I think it’s partly because of my dad as he loves script calligraphy and he has an interesting handwriting himself. He’s always on the look-out for the “right” pen, haha. Another part is aimed at my own love for flowy lines, words and languages. Ohh how I loooove tzee flowy linesss!
I stare at a lot of calligraphers on Instagram and a few of my faves are Quote and Quill, Nerdy.Post, The Grayter Good and obviously the creator of the challenge The Blushing Script. They are all SO amazing and talented with lettering. The lines just dance over the paper! (I know I’m forgetting a bunch now, apologies to the ones I follow!)
I knew I had to join the challenge as I was looking for a way to do more Disney doodles, but with a purpose. I’m over the phase where I just draw whatever I want to draw and since I want to be wiser with my time, I didn’t embark on a “Disney doodle adventure” yet. However, these past few weeks I’ve been shipping out quite a few packages and since I always strive to make the experience fun and magical for the customer, I wanted to write the names/addresses in a more fancy way.
The frustration I had with the letters!
Up till then, I didn’t always add fancy lettering to envelopes and I immediately noticed that I wasn’t as consistent with lettering as I thought. Even faux calligraphy is a skill you have to train. I spend a tad too much time on the writing part and I struggled a lot with spacing, composition and just…writing in general. I knew I had to put in waaay more practice if I wanted to be consistent with it.
So. Cue the Disney challenge! You will not believe my excitement when I found out about the #30daysofdisney challenge! I started mid-June with the Little Mermaid prompt and I kinda took the epic route and made it a tad difficult for myself…
I did the same with Peter Pan…when will I learn, huh?
So for the third day I knew I had to scale down my paintings as I wouldn’t be able to keep up with this. I thought it’d be fun to have a little quote or word , a color splash behind the character of my choice. This way I could 1) tackle lettering on a smaller scale as the paper is 12×16 cm (aka not feeling overwhelmed by it) and 2) I could experiment with colors and see what my take would be on the characters that everyone loves.
I painted most of the prompts on the day itself and it was so fun to see the cute Disney characters and somewhat decent lettering emerge, haha. I have noticed that after doing a bunch of them that I have a better feel of the line flow and I know what materials I like to use so far. I definitely have a lot to learn, but it’s awesome to feel some progress with this.
I know June is over now, but you can still expect Disney doodles from me as I got some prompts that I still want to do AND July will be the month of movies released in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Prompts are e.g. The Goonies, The Adams Family, Toy Story…I’m considering to jumping on board for most of the prompts, because I also want to joining a Harry Potter Lettering challenge. Oh my gosh. I’m so happy when I think about all the characters that I can paint!
If you love movies and Harry Potter, do follow me on Instagram, because I’ve a feeling that this month is going to be awesome. Not sure if I’ll stick to the same illustration format though. I might experiment a bit.
Do you love lettering and calligraphy? Is there a specific style of font that you love? Which creatives do you admire for their skills?
Feel free to share all the rambles with me! And final update is that the Disney doodles are up for sale. So many people were eyeing them and 8 are already gone. So do fly to the Etsy store and see if yours is still there or if you want one custom made, do e-mail me!
Have a wonderful day!