Calligraphy by Dawn

Lettering: A little progress

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about lettering or calligraphy. I never really thought I could do something like this because in the first place, I am not the one who writes in cursive. The first picture below was the FIRST calligraphy item I ever made. I copied this from a pinterest photo I could no longer find. I realized that the key was to identify which side should be thickened. If you’re using a brush or calligraphy pen, this should be easy.

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The photo below is one the most recent. I wanna try different styles in writing but what do I know? I cant even afford to get myself into one of those pricey workshops. I know, I can be stingy sometimes, but being jobless can sure make you one. (Laughter)

I can see a little progress over the months of writing. I have come to know how to use a brush pen and I’ve also tried watercolor paintings. Compared to other letterers, I am probably the least. But compared to my previous self, Hey! Not bad!

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Since I usually share photos of my works on instagram and facebook, I would usually get requests from friends asking me if I can make them one. Right now, I don’t have any plans of selling. As far as I’m concerned, I enjoy the thrill of just making and sharing them on IG. I’ve also made some of my works as gifts. I’ve given my boyfriend’s dad a couple of my works and I find contentment in the sight of my work being proudly displayed in the walls of his home. I’ve also given one framed work to a Missionary Pastor Tomlinson who was doing a mission in China together with his wife. For me, being able to share the Gospel to some homes and some people, is more than enough. The fact that I’m not getting money out of this doesn’t necessarily mean I am wasting this GOD-GIVEN talent. By sharing some of my works on my social media accounts, I get my friends to read Bible passages. And to me, that’s more than enough.

In whatever craft you’re into, always aim to glorify the Lord. 

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Calligraphy by Dawn

Earth has no sorrow heaven cant heal

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STORY BEHIND

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” There were times I would ask God why does He allow what He allows. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the sudden death of a friend and our pastor who’s suffering from cancer. And it is very moving and encouraging to see our pastor continuing in his faith despite the pain he’s going through. Actually, I painted this when a couple friend of mine got themselves into an accident last 2016 and up to now, the reminder remains the same. When we carry out our ministries and continue to serve the Lord, opposition and hardships may threaten to take away the joy and the peace in us. Sufferings should make us wanna get our strength from the Lord.

Calligraphy by Dawn

Anxiety to Ansaya teh!

I have decided to write about and share some of my calligraphy works here. Just so I have something to look back to should I feel like seeing my progress, if there’s any.

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MEANING

I saw this phrase ‘God turned my anxiety to ansaya teh!’in one of our weekly gatherings at church where this was written on the wall as a decoration. I decided to create a calligraphy item about it using a Gold Ink Brush Pen. Ansaya Teh! is a colloquial phrase which evolved from the Tagalog phrase: Ang saya te! which connote happy time or such a joyous event.