Thursday, February 21, 2013

Correcting Lettering Mistakes

A lot of times I'll wait until I get home before adding lettering to a journal page. Mainly because of time and comfort. But on this particular day, I felt quite comfy perched on my camp stool and the 8.5 x 11 journal page in my Stillman and Birn Alpha hardbound journal was such a dream to work on.

However, on the way home, I began to wonder if this really was Harbour Town's Liberty Oak. There were two very large oaks in the heart of Harbour Town.  The magnificence of this tree, with it's sprawling low lying branches surely struck me as the one to bear this name...... Not!

Long ago, a skilled calligrapher taught me how to correct mistakes... Tip: correct your mistake before you lift any unwanted lettering.  Huh? Yes, write over the lettering on the page, then white out or lift off what you don't want.
That way the stroke of the corrected lettering will be smooth and you won't have to contend with the often bumpy texture left by white out or white ink.  I used a Signo Uniball broad tip white pen, available from JetPens.com.

I decided to turn Liberty Oak into Live Oak.  The RTY of Liberty would be taken out.  A good size space would be left between the two words.  I decided to put the tree's Latin name between Live and Oak.... a quirky fix, but it worked for me :)

Since this is a journal page and not a piece of calligraphic art, I was willing to live with a bumpy surface to write the smaller replacement text on.






14 comments:

  1. I would never have thought to correct the text this way - thanks for sharing that tip!

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  2. Hi Rhonda, I would have paid money to see the expression on my face when first introduced to this technique :)

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  3. Wow, this is an awesome tip! Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. You are very welcome, Hwee! Happy lettering :)

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  4. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this great tip. Wonderful sketch and page too!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! It's saved me quite a few times :)

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  5. Pam, Thanks for the tip on how to correct journal printing mistakes. I going to give it a trial since my brain is always ahead of my printing in ink resulting in errors. Also thank you for commenting on my blog.

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    1. You are welcome, Lois. I'm with you... technically I shouldn't be allowed to write with pen.... hahaha

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    1. Thanks, Vicky! Can't take the original credit for this technique, though

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  7. The way you put the latin name in between the "Live" and "Oak" words was clever. I think I can remember this.

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  8. Thanks, Joan! Necessity is the mother of invention :)

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  9. Hi, Pam,
    The drawing is lovely. Full of your love for nature. Your posts are interesting and readers can learn carigraphy, too.
    Cheers, Sadami

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