#THE100DAYPROJECT

This year I've decided to take part in #the100dayproject. I gave it a go last year on my other Instagram account, @emmamargaretillustration with a project dedicated to characters, but only reached the half way point... fingers crossed I make it to the end this time around!

I've chosen "blooms" as my theme, and my unique hashtag is #100daysofblooms🌸
Each day for the 100 days, I'll be sharing either a sketch, an illustration, a quote or a photo, all around the theme of pretty blooms and florals.

I'm planning on using some of the work from this project to create a new collection of invitation designs later in the year, but we'll have to see how it goes!

Here's a look at my progress so far...

LOVELY QUOTES IV

Hello! Today I have a little update of some lovely romantic quotes I've been illustrating lately, as well as some that I'm planning to wrk on in the next few weeks.

"You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars" - E. E. Cummings

"I want to be with you until my last page" - A. R. Asher

"As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen" - Winnie the Pooh

"I didn't plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us." - The Notebook

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"I still haven't figured out how to sit across from you and not be madly in love with everything you do" - William C. Hannan

You can keep up with all my new illustrated quotes as I share them over on Instagram @beaandbloom

I'd love some suggestions for more quotes to illustrate! Are there any favourite sayings of lyrics of yours that you'd like to see from me?

OH WONDER CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Oh Wonder Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Last week I hopped on a train after work to go into Greenwich to attend a Modern Calligraphy workshop. The class was held in the Trafalgar Tavern overlooking the Thames, and run by the lovely Lauren of Oh Wonder Calligraphy.

This was the first workshop I've attended since graduating 3 years ago, and I haven't attempted any calligraphy since I was in primary school! So I wasn't sure what to expect and a little nervous that I'd be terrible at it (it turned out I wasn't terrible, but I wasn't too great either!) I had such a lovely evening learning a new skill. Lauren explained everything brilliantly and spent time with each of us individually, helping out with any issues we were having.

Oh Wonder Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Oh Wonder Modern Calligraphy Workshop

We started with some practise drills, drawing the same patterns over and over again to get the hang of how to use the nib properly. Then we moved on to the A B Cs. I only got as far as G on my practice sheets because I spent too much time staring at what I'd done and being critical of it! While I was still on the Bs, I could hear everyone else starting moan about how difficult capital Ds were proving... when I got to that point a little later on I could definitely see why! Much more practice is needed on that one.

We came away with a lovely little starter kit to carry on practising at home, and Lauren had some additional materials for us to purchase too. I treated myself to a lovely pot of gold ink (which Lauren makes herself! You can buy lots of lovely colours on her website) and an extra pad of paper.

Oh Wonder Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Oh Wonder Modern Calligraphy Workshop

I'd definitely recommend attending one of Lauren's workshops, it was uh an enjoyable evening. She has another one scheduled on 7th May, and you can buy a ticket here.

Do you have any recommendations for some workshops to attend? I'd love to learn some more new skills :)