[Molu Mantra] Quote of the Week

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Happy Monday folks! I hope you’ve all started the new week nicely.

Well, this week’s quote is from the film The Switch which I randomly came across on Netflix recently and I must say, I found it pretty entertaining. I do like Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston so that obviously helped! Anyway, it’ the opening line…actually, the ending line too…. that caught my attention and felt it was quote-worthy. It’s definitely a nice reminder of how those random unexpected moments in our somewhat busy, routine-obsessed, or perhaps even mundane lives, can be the most incredible things that happens to us. I for one, can vouch for that on numerous occasions.

So, keep that in mind as you start another busy week! You just never know what’s waiting for you around the corner!  :) xx
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[DIY Christmas] Free printable gift tags – round two!

MbM_Gift-Tags_2014_headerOkay, so if you liked (or didn’t! like!) the last set of free printable gift tags, then perhaps-these watercolour-inspired designs will take your fancy? I’m still pretty hooked on the water-colour textures since my hand-lettered quote post last week, and eager to explore more with the medium.

Anyhoo, while I do that…..you go treat yourself to these bad boys, that’s if you’re still got heaps of christmas wrapping still to do! You know the drill; just click HERE to download the PDF file and off you go! My big tip with these is that if you can get hold of slightly textured card stock (that your printer will obviously be able to take!) then use that, as it gives that extra bit of dimension to the tags and will totally look the handmade part! Again, these will be great teamed up with plain gift wrap and ribbon for that soft, elegant and minimal look.

Happy gift wrapping and do let me know how you get on if you decide to use them. NINE more sleeeeeeep till Christmas folks. Gosh, I really need to pull my socks up and get all the cards, and gifts sorted! Eeeeep! Bye for now….! xxx

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**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :) 

[DIY Christmas] Free printable gift tags!

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I had hoped to have most of my Christmas presents sorted over the weekend but instead I got busy making some gift tags….as you do…..the sequence clearly made sense! Well, I was struggling with gift ideas so decided to move on to making Christmas cards….and one thing led to the other, and I found myself churning out a few designs, inspired by Scandinavian minimal motifs and the black-grey-yellow colour palette I’ve been crushing over a lot this year. I’ve also created a rubber stamp effect to add that extra bit of DIY feel.

Anyway, this may not be to everyone’s tastes as it is rather unconventional and modern but if it is, then today is your lucky day because you can get your hands on these by downloading the free printable I’ve added to this post. It works really well with plain coloured wrapping paper such as brown/manilla, white, monochrome, or even with bright colours…as long as it compliments the colour palette.

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So there you have it. You can click HERE, to download the PDF file. It’s already set to A4 size (the crop marks you find on the sheet indicate that) so, all you got to do is ‘save’ it to your computer and print it onto some nice card stock! It can’t get simpler than that! :) Oh and obviously, don’t forget to hole-punch them to string your ribbon, twine, whatever through it! ;)

Let me know, if you do decide to use these at all! I do actually have another design range which will be available real soon – stay tuned!! Happy gift-wrapping! xx

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**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :) 

[Inspirational] Hand-lettered watercolour quotes

MbM_BLOGTACULAR-QUOTES-01(C)I’ve been playing about with some hand-lettered illustrations this week (a break from all the branding and portfolio work thats kept me well out of mischief!) and been exploring ways to bring them alive by overlaying them onto textured watercolour backgrounds – a bit of mixed media fun so to speak. What do you think? They’re far from perfect but it’s all part of my journey into the world of graphics and illustration but with particular focus on lettering and typography. I know there’s many ridiculously talented folk out there doing some incredible hand-lettering work and I just want to be able to do the same but obviously bring my own personal flair to them…..which is kind of what you see here. Anyway, it’s all work in progress….trying to find my niche, as Will Taylor put it! :)

These quotes are from some of the most inspiring key speakers that I had the privilege to listen to at Blogtacular early this summer, and I felt it was only right to share them with you, as we come to the end of another week (we all need a bit of morale-boosting from time to time!) If you do like the look of these, let me know if this is something you’d buy as a print as this is an area I’m hoping to evolve. I may actually start doing a ‘free printable’ series of inspirational quotes too that you can print yourself and have up on the wall. But yea, any feedback is greatly appreciated so please feel free to let me know your thoughts :)

Have a lovely weekend! xx

[Workshop Shenanigans] Modern Calligraphy

MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_1A couple of Sundays ago, I went along to my first modern calligraphy workshop held at the The Blacksmith & Toffee Maker pub in Angel. I’ve been pretty infatuated with this fluid and rounded form of hand lettering for a few years now (particularly around the time of our wedding when its revival had taken by storm across the US) and have been longing since, to find a way to learn it…..but classes back then just wasn’t easy to come by (or too expensive), and trying to teach yourself or even emulate the style wasn’t really cutting it for me…nor was it any fun!

Well, this summer, much to my delight, when I heard through the blogging grapevine that Quill London (an oh-so-fabulous online boutique that stocks some of the most divine stationery……you have been warned though!) were holding workshops in London, I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon and finally invest in some time learning the skill properly.

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The three-hour workshop, taught by the lovely and talented, Imogen Owen, covered all the fundamentals you need to know of modern copperplate calligraphy with plenty of time to practice all the shapes, strokes, alphabets…etc that you were being taught. Looking back, I’m still amazed at how much you learn in those three hours! Mind you, it does take A LOT of time and patience to get used to the pointed nib! Unlike italic and Gothic lettering, with its angled/bevelled nibs (which I did in fact, briefly dabble in back in high school), copperplate script is different in that the thick and thin style of the strokes are simply down to how you apply pressure onto the nib….for a newbie, perhaps not as simple! ;) And if you’re like me, you may want to keep your ‘perfectionist’ side at bay for the first couple of hours just so you don’t end up with the so-called “calligraphers claw”……and all the frown lines and funny faces that come with the sheer concentration!  :D

Anyway, it really is all down to practice because you are essentially training yourself to write again (a lot beautifully this time!) The more you do, the more it becomes second nature to you….or at least, a lot smoother with a lot less scratching! ;) I haven’t done as many practice sessions since the class but with the little I did last week I can already see an improvement, particularly with those thick and thin strokes. Still a loooooooong way from ‘perfect’ but hopefully in time, and with heaps of practice, I’ll get there! 

MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_18MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_10MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_11MbM_Calligraphy-Workshop_16So, if you’ve had this on top of your to-do list for quite a while too, or you’re just looking for a delightful hobby or perhaps fancy a more creative social outing with a group of friends, then I would highly recommend these classes as they’re not only fun but affordable, condensed, and super informative….plus you get a starter pack, along with heaps of scrummy cakes and tea/coffee on the day! Classes are getting increasingly popular so for more information their next workshop dates or to book classes, hop on over to Quill London’s website. They do also offer limited ‘early bird’ tickets so put yourself onto their mailing list if you’d like to be informed of those upcoming dates first, which is what I did.

Well then, while you do that…..I’ll keep practising and keep you posted with any progress I make, which I hope will be a weekly thing. A massive thank you to Imogen for imparting all of her calligraphy wisdom (you must check out her beautiful stationery!) and to Lucy for hosting such a wonderful set up! I’m SO so glad I signed up!! I do also like to mention the three lovely ladies on my table that I had the pleasure to meet that afternoon, who made it all the more fun; Helen (food blogger at Look What We Ate Today), Jeni (oxford based planner and stylist, Vanilla Rose Weddings) and Viktoria (creative buyer at the fab homewares, accessories and gifts brand called Bombay Duck)……it’s always a bonus meeting genuinely lovely people from at such events and occasions!

Happy days! xx

Ps. thought this quote below was so apt for me……you can only guess what I was doing while writing it :)
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[Private Commission] Wall Art: Faith, Hope, Love

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A custom-made wall art based from the one I had listed ages ago on my Esty shop (which btw, is closed for the next couple of months while im away and while working on rebranding the blog) This was made as a wedding present back in May where I played with several patterns and textures before settling for this floral one. I’ve now made another since then so it definitely seems like a winner! :)  So if you are looking to get something similar done, then just drop me a line via the Contacts Page. xxx

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[private commission] A date to remember – 2

 

MbM_wedding-commission_4Another commissioned work for this custom-made wall art that bears the significant date of their Big Day. The template (fonts and layout) was designed and hand cut to create a stencil. The numerals were then hand-stamped using a rich brushed metallic gold pigment ink on heavyweight cotton paper after which the lettering was handwritten in gold ink to finish it all off. I chose to frame the print in a simple white box frame where it was sat proud by 5mm off the backing card to create that lovely depth.

This is one of my favourite pieces I enjoy working on, so if you are looking to get something similar done, then just drop me a line via the Contacts Page. xxx

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Love is kind, love is patient; Happy Friday!

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The paper flowers and hand-lettered piece I made for the ‘modern baroque’ shoot. And this is one of my favourite verses which was in fact read at our wedding….and one that I need constant reminding of! ;)

Happy Friday everyone!! Wherever you are, I sincerely hope it’s a good one and that you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Much love xx

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[Molu Mantra]

MbM_HAND-LETTERING_WK-2BAhh, don’t we all fall victims to that every now and then? It can be so frustrating being gripped with fear or doubt that we find ourselves procrastinating more than we ought to. Sometimes, we over think things far too much that all it does is put you in constant mental turmoil or it stops you from moving forward in life – I’m guilty of that! Sometimes, you just have to let go and let life carry you places. Because you never know where it may lead!

So, what can we do to stop ourselves from thinking too much and just let things happen?

On a lighter note, I’m still practising my hand-lettering skills…..although, still very basic. But the weekly tasks are definitely helping so I cannot wait to try more and see improvements!

Enjoy the rest of your Friday! I think it’s time for me to put my pens down and switch off from the computer!!

xx