Digitizing your work will open so many new doors. Products that are made by hand can be beautiful and bespoke but also time consuming. By learning how to digitize your work, you will be able to save time and also create reproducible prints.
I want to start by saying that I am NOT a graphic designer. In fact, I am still working on learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but I haven’t quite mastered it yet. So for now, I have a very basic system for getting my pen and paper onto the computer. This is the very first method I used to get my handwritten work digitized and I find that it’s still really effective. From here, I can make reproducible prints or prints that can be easily foiled (see the how to DIY foil tutorial here).
This is what happens when you invite a friend over for a random craft session on a Thursday night. We were planning on making Valentine’s Day cards but we realized that Chinese New Year was right around the corner so why not make some red envelopes also known as “hong bao” in Mandarin.
Starting something new isn’t easy. For the 99.9% of you out there, the first time you attempt calligraphy will probably be pretty discouraging (trust me, it was for me). You might have seen some amazing videos or works from calligraphers on the Internet and wonder why yours doesn’t look like that. Honestly, it just takes TIME and PRACTICE. Once you get some basic information on how to get started, it really is just that.