Practicing. ..sort of
These are some brush markers I picked up to use. Sadly, all the ones I had from 20 years ago were dried up. Can you believe that? They just don't make 'em like they used to! LOL
A while ago I was playing with stencils and FW Acrylic Inks. I created a bunch of backgrounds to practice calligraphy on as well as show students what amazing results you can get with a few simple tools. It's important I find that when you are learning calligraphy on fabric you have some basis to put your words on. Not just plain material. Stencils are a great way to create simple backgrounds that you can 'tuck' your writing into and leave space for other interesting stitching to go.
I love playing like this. You never know what you'll find. I was trying to make a mask but then got carried away and realized it was really a silly bird like thing.
looking at this really small like this I also see an elephant head.
then upon pivoting the design I could see the bird more clearly.
And so I added legs and glittery feathers.
Then I realized a bird probably wouldn't like the term 'plucked' so I changed it. It's silly and the exercise is moot given I wasn't supposed to wasting time doing this right now.
However I suppose no effort is really in vain; It gave me a chance to unrap my new pens, get to know them a bit before my class on Sunday and spend some time away from all the sads on facebook right now.