Stamp Series: Marrakech

If you've been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you'll no doubt have guessed where I am this week. That's right, Marrakech! I've never been to Morocco before so this week will be a very new experience for me and one that I will no doubt enjoy.

I've been given so many recommendations of things to do whilst I'm there (thanks, internet) and if you want to have a little nosey on what I've been up to, follow the links to my social accounts on the left hand side of the page.

I'm also after suggestions for where I should travel for my next #clrkllystampseries so please leave a comment below with your favourite holiday destination.

Stamp Series: Morocco

As you read this, I'm probably in a last minute packing panic as tomorrow afternoon Dan and I will be heading off to Morocco for a week of sun, culture and a huge dose of relaxation. It will be a first time visit for the pair of us and after reading plenty of blog posts of things to do whilst we're there, I'm ready to soak up as much as I can!

If you have any last minute recommendations of places to visit and things to see (we'll be spending the majority of our time in Marrakech) please leave a message in the comments below.

For more of my #clrkllystampseries, head over to my portfolio or Instagram.

Stamp Series: San Francisco

If I am completely honest, I didn't want to do this stamp so soon. San Francisco has been the one place on this planet that I have wanted to visit since I was 11 (that's 14 years, guys!) and I feel kind of cheated producing this without even being close to visiting.

So what is it about San Francisco that I just have to go? For me, it's everything: the food, the weather, the sights, the people, the culture, the roads... to me it has everything that I would perceive as the 'American Dream'. It started off when my dad purchased me a PC game called Midtown Madness 2 where I would spend hours driving the streets of San Francisco and I got so obsessed that I could have given you directions to a place I have never been to before.

Ever since that moment, I've wanted to see it for real. To drive through those very streets I used to on the game – without all the racing and crashing – and experience that true San Fran life.

I'm planning on taking this trip of a lifetime in 2 years time but in the mean time, I will be spending many more hours searching Pinterest and blogs for my fix.

If you've been to San Francisco before and have any recommendations for things to see and do, let me know! I will be making a very long list of things to do when I eventually get myself over there and I want it to be amazing.

You can also see more of my #clrkllystampseries by looking at my portfolio.

Stamp Series: Alaska

This week's stamp comes all the way to you from Alaska. Well known for it's national parks, mountains, forests and getting as close to nature as you possibly can, it seemed a more unusual choice of destination than some of the previous stamps in my #clrkllystampseries.

I've never been to Alaska nor have I even ventured as far as Canada, but this seems like the ideal setting for a week or two or pure escapism from the hustle and bustle of working life.

Have you ever been to Alaska and if so, what sights did you see when you were there?

Stamp Series: Helsinki

I had a change of heart with this week's stamp as I originally planned on showcasing a different country but wasn't feeling much for it at the time. Even when you have an idea in your head, sometimes you just need to break away from it and start afresh with something else. Which is what I did.

Scandinavia has been a recurring theme lately in my #clrkllystampseries and although I haven't been before, looking at photographs online is enough to say it all. Filled with stunning and culturally interesting countries, I can see why so many people are now opting for more 'city' type breaks.

Finland has never really been on my list of places to see and visit, however after doing some research for this week's addition to my Stamp Series, my mind has quickly changed.

Stamp Series: Dubai

Who doesn't love lusting over luxurious hotels? So for this week's addition to my Stamp Series, I am travelling long-haul to Dubai and to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (the world's most luxurious hotel).

I think we all have a list of places that even if we didn't get to stay in them, we at least would get to see them in person and inside the Burj Al Arab is pretty much up there. Channel 4 not too long ago aired a show which did just that – took a look behind the scenes of The Billion Pound Hotel. It's well worth a watch and possibly the closest I'm ever going to get to seeing inside!

Do you have any places that you would love to visit, just for a sneak peek?

Stamp Series: Iceland

Who would have guessed that a country known for it's cold temperatures, wintery weather and volcanos would become the 'go-to' holiday destination for so many of us. From the truly amazing hot springs and geysers to the Northern Lights, Iceland has gone from being a country I would once have dismissed to being a destination high up on my list.

I'm lucky to have already seen the Northern Lights – albeit from a plane window – but how incredible would it be to stand beneath them and consume this amazingly beautiful bit of nature?

There have been many articles since 2008 that have mentioned the Northern Lights becoming rarer to see and it is believed that come 2017/18, they will be even more difficult to see. Which begs the question, are they on your bucket list? Although they can be spotted from Norway as well as Iceland, and sometimes even here in the UK, it seems a shame even without them not to visit this stunning country that I've portrayed in my illustration. I'm hoping when we go we will be able to cram as much in as possible as we think 3 nights will be enough (especially early on next year when it'll be super cold)!

But I would love to know your thoughts on the country and if you've been before. I love learning the best places to go, things to do and more importantly, where to eat. So if you have any travelling stories or tips to share of Iceland, let me know!

If you want to see more of the #clrkllystampseries collection, you can view my portfolio here. And if you would like to leave a suggestion for where I should travel to next, pop it in the comments below.

Stamp Series: Santorini

Over the last couple of weeks, my Instagram feed has been covered in photographs of Santorini. With white-washed walls, striking blues and incredible views it is clear to see why this is the destination this Summer.

I don't think I've seen one photograph that I didn't "double tap" on Instagram of this beautiful place or at least spend a good few minutes staring at how pretty it all is. It is definitely fair to say that Santorini has cemented its place on my bucket list and will be receiving its very own pin on my push pin world map.

Have you been to Santorini? Was there anything in particular that you loved about the place?

Stamp Series: Havana

I haven't done a long haul flight for a very long time, but I know that one destination I would love to do when my next opportunity arises is head straight to Cuba for the delights of Havana.

Catherine Lux of Lux Life wrote a post about the city here, which I know I'll be making full use of when the time comes. Just the image of classic cars, colourful buildings, sun, sea and sand, makes me smile from ear to ear. Looking through photographs of the city itself, I knew I had to include some sort of classic car in this next stamp. But then when I saw how beautiful the Capitol building is, my illustration had already been constructed.

In honour of the brightly coloured city, I wanted to ensure that elements in this illustration stood out and although one for more muted tones, I really love the green and orange in this stamp.

Have you been to Havana? And if so, where would you recommend staying and what are the best things to do whilst you are there?

I hope you enjoy this new addition to the series and I would love to know what you think. Leave a comment below or even a suggestion of anywhere in the world you would like to see me bring to life. To see more stamps, follow the link here.

Stamp Series: Nazca

I have to guiltily admit that I didn't have a lot of time to work on this next addition to my #clrkllystampseries (and number 30 may I add). The last week and a half have been spent working on a project involving my home city, so this stamp ended up taking a backseat. With a busy schedule I knew whatever location I was to choose, I wanted to be able to create something without too much detail. 

Peru was a country I had in mind for this week but after doing some research into the country itself and what it is most famous for, I stumbled across the Nazca Lines. I remember seeing images of these a while back and was just as fascinated by them then as I am today. They are just spectacular!

I hope you enjoy this new addition to the series and I would love to know what you think. Leave a comment below or even a suggestion of anywhere in the world you would like to see me bring to life.

Stamp Series: Russia

Did you own one of these Babushka dolls when you were younger? I remember having a rather traditional-looking set and my sister having ones painted to look like frogs.

Better known as matryoshka dolls in Russia or nesting dolls, these are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed inside one another. The first doll was made in 1890 and presented in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris where the toy earned a bronze medal.

This is the first thing that comes in to my mind when thinking about Russia and although there are many remarkable landmarks that many would hold in higher regard, having my very own matryoshka doll as a child was my first taster of the country.

Have you visited Russia? If so, where did you stay and would you ever go back?

Stamp Series: Copenhagen

I spend quite a bit of my time looking for destinations to add to my push pin world map so when I stumbled across this blog post on Copenhagen and scrolled down to the 'Top Things to See and Do in Copenhagen', I knew that this would be the perfect place for a long weekend escape.

The image of the colourful buildings along the water's front has been an image that has always struck in my mind whenever I thought of Copenhagen so I knew that it would be a good choice for this week's stamp. I hope you enjoy it!

Stamp Series: Cappadocia

There's something so pleasing about seeing hot air balloons mid-flight and there are very few places on earth that combine this sight with an even more spectacular back-drop. Cappadocia in Turkey ticks all of the boxes.

Possibly one of the most famous destinations for tourists visiting Turkey, Cappadocia first appeared on my radar after Dan and I holidayed in Antalya. As one of the excursions organised by the travel company we had booked our holiday with, the place had me somewhat mesmerised. The "fairy"-like chimneys that are dotted around are all clusters of rock that were carved out by cave dwellers to make homes (and to this day, you can even stay inside them).

Unfortunately the excursion was a little bit out of our price range, but did include an overnight stay in the rock homes and with the opportunity to then be able to take a hot air balloon ride over the formations, I am a little disappointed that we couldn't see Cappadocia for ourselves. Until we are able to go back, I will have this little illustration to hand so I know what I'm missing.

If you want to see more in the #clrkllystampseries, head over to my portfolio or alternatively, follow me on Instagram to be one of the first to see any new additions to the series!

Stamp Series: Honolulu

Hawaii; a dreamer's paradise. Honolulu; the capital of a dreamer's paradise. Honolulu to me seems the perfect tropical destination to get the best of both worlds, between the beach and the city, especially great for those that can't sit still for more than a day!

It was inevitable though that even in this capital city, I wanted to focus on the typical image of the beach, palm trees and hula girl (complete with grass skirt). I was also quite excited to place a person in this stamp as previous stamps in the collection have focused more on the sights and landmarks.

I am pleased with how this one has turned out as I like the 'cartoon'-like feel of the overall piece.

Stamp Series: India

Keeping this post short and sweet this week with another addition to my Stamp Series. There are probably a lot of iconic images that could sum up India, but to me it has to be the Indian elephant or Asian elephant as otherwise called. Such amazing creatures (and also a challenge to draw)!

An important cultural icon in India, elephants are said to be one of nine jewels ('navratnas') that surfaced in Indian mythology and therefore must be protected, preserved and treasured.

Stamp Series: Orlando

Ever since my first visit to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida at the age of 7, I have been absolutely fascinated by the place. No matter how old I get and no matter how many times I am fortunate enough to visit, this place truly is where dreams are made. It's possibly the one place on Earth I know that you can just let go and bring out that inner child of yours!

With Disney World being the epitome of Orlando to me, I couldn't not do a stamp that incorporated the true magic of the place with the night time parade having its grand finale over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Malika Favre: On the Draw

I wasn't aware of Malika Favre until I saw her illustrations for the online booking company for spas and salons in the health, beauty and wellness industry, Wahanda. A massive national campaign that kicked off a few months ago, these illustrations were seen on billboards around the country.

What stood out to me the most about Malika's work was the bold colours and strong lines used in her illustrations. She has a distinctive style which makes me love her work even more. 

Time and time again when I see work at this standard, I always reiterate to myself that less most certainly is more. Malika has mastered the bold, curvy silhouettes with saturated colours and I absolutely adore her ON THE DRAW series of her time in Fuerteventura.

Stamp Series: Cairo

Writing this post in advance, there's a huge possibility that I will be sad that tomorrow is our last day in Egypt. For the last couple of months, there has been a lot of disruption in Cairo and I a hoping that whilst we are there, we are able to visit the pyramids. (If not, totally going to Luxor instead.)

I hope you're all having a wonderful week and keep an eye out for some travel snaps in the next week or so – I'm sure I'll have more than enough to share with you!

Day Out: Madame Tussauds

I've wanted to go to Madame Tussauds for so long that when Dan and I stopped the night in London before our trip to Bruges, I knew that we just had to make the time to go. With our hotel being within half an hour walk of the attraction and after finding ourselves a 2 for 1 voucher, there was really no excuse not to go.

We were in there for a good 2 hours and I actually really enjoyed myself. It's not often you get to have a day out like this so apologies for the photo-heavy post!

Stamp Series: Egypt

The last couple of days I've been busy packing my suitcase ready for mine and Dan's holiday to Egypt. We leave tomorrow and I'm about 90% excited and 10% anxious. I've heard many horror stories of people who have been ill whilst they've been there and although I'm armed with a bag full of medicine, I'm still a bit wary about it (and will no doubt also spend the holiday being super careful to avoid any mishaps). There's also been some trouble in Cairo the last few months so we're both still unsure as to whether we'll even be able to see the Pyramids – I'll be totally bummed if we can't!

I've had a fascination with ancient Egyptian culture ever since the first The Mummy film came out and at one point even had my own hieroglyphics stamp set courtesy of my parents. My fingers are crossed until we get there in the hope we can see a bit of Egyptian history but for now, I'm in my last panic of making sure I've got everything packed.

Also, look out for next week's stamp in the Stamp Series!

Day Out: Kingsbury Water Park

There's nothing I love more about the seasons changing than being able to get outdoors (without the need for twenty layers of clothes) and somewhere locally that I like to go to is Kingsbury Water Park. With 15 lakes set in 600 acres of country park, I'm really fortunate to live within 10 minutes of the place and although it still doesn't beat the coastline, on a warm, sunny day it's pretty spectacular.

Armed with half a loaf of stale bread and some hot cross buns (birds deserve treats too), we headed straight to the main lake beyond the Lake View playground and started making some feathery friends. It's great to be able to get up so close and personal with the wildlife but you definitely have to keep your eyes peeled for the pesky geese – I'm convinced they can smell bread a mile off!

This Summer I want to make the most of places like Kingsbury Water Park, places that are local and either don't cost a thing or just a small fee for parking. We have such a beautiful country filled with so much history and it would be a shame to waste the Summer away spending it indoors when we could be exploring.

I have a list of places that I'd like to take Dan to once the weather gets even better, so you may just be seeing a few more of these posts later on in the year!

Stamp Series: Pisa

I have gone with a more minimalist design with this week's stamp of The Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Tuscan city of Pisa itself. Within the next year, I would like to make another visit to Italy. As one of my favourite countries, there's always so much to see and do.

Pisa would be an ideal place to go for a long weekend city break or if I was ever in Tuscany again, I would make sure that the Tower of Pisa is top of my excursion list! Cue obligatory 'look at me holding up The Leaning Tower with my own bare hands' photo.

17 | 52: My Signature Style

The prompt for week 17 of the #52handlettered project is my signature style. I've chosen not to go down a fashion style route with this prompt as I wouldn't have a clue what my 'signature style' would be in that sense. I like clothes I like and dress for how I'm feeling so I decided to go a little bit obscure with this one and turn it round to mean my signature style with my work.

From an early age, I've always shown a major interest in drawing and even when I went for interviews to get in to my chosen university, I was questioned by one of the tutors as to whether I should really look at an illustration course. Although it was my first passion, graphic design is something I wanted to learn more about and explore that avenue.

In a way, my passion for illustration is quite prominent in my graphic design work (which you can see in my portfolio) so I guess if I had to describe my signature style, it would be illustrative. I like the combination of the two and how they can be intertwined in my work.

I've combined this week's prompt with some illustrations I did for a children's story colouring book as part of my degree show at university and I just had to try something a little different with the lettering on this one. I love the contrast between the bronze foil and the monotone illustrations. This is by far my favourite in the project and I'm looking forward to seeing what the prompts for May will be.

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Mixtape No. 2

It's official, Summer in England is on it's way and with temperatures hitting mid-20s and evenings getting lighter, I've been listening to more music that's been getting me in the mood for those long Summer days being able to enjoy the outdoors. Here's a list of the top tunes for me that I've been loving lately.

01. “Break the Rules” — Charli XCX
02. “Congregation” — Foo Fighters
03. “Love Spreads” — The Stone Roses
04. “Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” — Mr Probz
05. “More Than a Feeling” — Boston 
06. “Wake Me Up” — Avicii
07. “Miami” — Will Smith
08. Something New” — Axwell ^ Ingrosso
09. “The Boys of Summer” — The Ataris
10. “All That She Wants” — Ace of Base
11. “Kiss Me” — Sixpence None the Richer
12. “What's My Age Again?” — blink-182
13. “Everlong” — Foo Fighters
14. “Ooh La La” — Faces
15. “Lola's Theme” — The Shapeshifters
16. “Love Shack” — 
The B-52's
17. “Mushaboom” — Feist
18. “Could You Be Loved” — Bob Marley & The Wailers

Stamp Series: Chichén Itzá

Lately I have been looking a bit further a field for inspiration for my Stamp Series and after opening up the conversation with Dan about a holiday to Mexico in the not too distant future, I stumbled across the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá. Such a beautiful-looking place steeped in history, I'm keen to add this place to my bucket list (and also I totally fell in love with Athena's photograph of the place).

In 2007, Chichén Itzá was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World alongside the likes of the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, and as seen in last week's stamp, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. 

Have you been to Chichén Itzá before? If so, are there any more places in that area of Mexico worth a visit?

16 | 52: Something I Noticed Today

For this week's prompt I wanted to experiment more with the composition and do something a little more different from the last two weeks. I wanted to focus more on bringing my love of graphic design together with the handwritten element of the project.

This prompt isn't just something I've noticed today, but something I've been noticing a lot lately. It's definitely a great way of keeping me focused on the #52handlettered project, my Stamp Series and my long-term goals. (And I also love how this one has turned out!)

So whatever it is that you're doing in life, keep at it, you can achieve great things!

Chow Down: Bodega, Birmingham

It's not often Dan and I go out out but when we do we always make sure we book ourselves into one of the restaurants we've been dying to try for a while or somewhere we know we'll be guaranteed great food, great service and a great atmosphere. So last Saturday we celebrated date night with dinner at Bodega before heading to the New Alexandra Theatre to see Derren Brown's new show, Miracle.

Bodega is somewhere I've been wanting to try ever since it opened a few years ago however with it being in the city centre and somewhere that's always jam-packed (a good sign but a place you should really book), I have only before been there for drinks downstairs in the bar area.

Not being new to South American street food, I knew exactly what I wanted to try. After being warned by the waiter that the large nachos we had ordered to share as a starter were in fact more of a main meal for two, we opted for a small plate of chicken chipotle nachos. And boy, were they good.

For main, we both had the burritos (I had pulled beef with medium heat and Dan had chilli as hot as it comes) served with a side salad and sweet potato fries. Unfortunately the spice from the burritos was way too much and kind of ruined the overall course for both of us. Although it did help that I had ordered one of their delicious Mojitos to help cool my burning mouth.

As with most meals I have I always make sure there's room for pudding, especially when there are Churros on the menu. We shared the dessert so we wouldn't be falling asleep throughout the show that evening and it was the perfect end to the meal.

Hands down I'd say that Bodega does the best Mojitos I've ever had, as well as one of the most delicious plate of nachos (hard to find sometimes) and the sweet potato fries were amazing! Sadly for us the only thing to have ruined the main meal was the heat of the dish as even the medium was just too much to handle.

Stamp Series: Rio de Janeiro

The next design in my Stamp Series takes us over to Brazil and to Christ the Redeemer, an Art Deco statue in the city of Rio de Janeiro. This famous landmark was constructed in nine years, from 1922 to 1931, and was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

You can see more in my Stamp Series by searching #clrkllystampseries on Instagram or following the link to my portfolio here.

15 | 52: I Love the Smell of

For me, nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread so I had to choose this as my words for week 15 of the #52handlettered project. I have always been a huge lover of bread, freshly baked, hot straight out of the oven with a large dollop of butter. It's one of life's simple pleasures and although I've been trying to cut down on the amount I eat for the last year, I just can't resist the smell.

I quite like the dry brush effect on this piece and would like to try using a dryer brush in one of the other prompts for the project. Also I'm really pleased with how the 'B' came out! One thing that didn't really work for this piece is the lack of counter for the 'e' making it quite hard to read the letter. Other than that, I really like this piece and think it works well with the photo. 

I'm really enjoying this project so far and can't wait to get cracking on the next two prompts for April, something I noticed today and my signature style.

Love, Limzy.

Mixing watercolour illustrations with flowers and petals, Lim Zhi Wei of Love, Limzy. has a unique and delicate style to her work which exudes natural beauty. Lim's work mainly focuses on fashion and the natural world, bringing each illustration to life with the use of carefully selected flowers.

You can see more of Lim's work over on her blog.

Chow Down: in Bruges

Being one of the biggest foodies I know, Bruges was somewhat of a haven for me from the off and a place I knew would satisfy my tastebuds. Belgium being known for their fine food and drink, it was a destination I was very much looking forward to visiting and one I couldn't wait to get stuck in to!

Upon arrival in Markt Square (still with our suitcases in tow) we wasted no time and headed straight for the first food van we saw – strategically parked in front of the Belfort – and ordered ourselves a truly Belgian snack of fries with a huge dollop of mayonnaise. Such a simple dish, but perfectly cooked and a great filler for two hungry travellers. 

Along with their infamous dish of fries and mayonnaise, I wanted to try an authentic Belgian Waffle (chocolate sauce and lots of strawberries, yes please), copious amounts of hot chocolate, chocolate in general and to see for myself how good their beer really is (it's delicious and I don't even like beer).

Bruges Beer Museum
Breidelstraat 3, in between Markt Square and Burg Square

Whether you're a lover of beer or not, Bruges Beer Museum is the ultimate experience. From getting to learn about the history of the drink itself with the help of an interactive guide to the choice of an inclusive beer tasting session at the end, the museum is a great addition to your trip and ideal for an early afternoon tipple (although bear in mind that some beers in Bruges are as strong as 11.3%)!

We opted for the beer tasting session with our tour and as we arrived in to the bar, we were handed our 3 tokens along with a menu of what was on offer. The lady behind the bar was really helpful in explaining the differences between the beers and even suggested we try the limited edition beer they had on tap, Arthur's Legacy, that of which only 1,000 litres had been made.

The 3 beers I went for were Arthur's Legacy (4/5), Rodenbach Rosso (5/5) and Palm Hop Select (1/5). Also be sure to try their local beers, especially Brugse Zot, as this is the only beer that is brewed in Bruges itself.

Ribs 'n Beer
Ezelstraat 50, a 5–10 minute walk from Markt Square

A couple of weeks before we were due to leave for Bruges, Dan and I spent a good couple of evenings trawling TripAdvisor looking for where we should book to have dinner. There were several that we looked at but Ribs 'n Beer was the one place we knew immediately we wanted to book and after reading the reviews, we knew we weren't going to be disappointed.

We were greeted as soon as we walked through the door by a lovely waiter who seated us upstairs, much to Dan's pleasure as we were sat right underneath a TV showing that night's football match. The restaurant had a great atmosphere and was lit by spotlights and candles, playing a great mixture of soul, blues and rock through the speakers but not so loud you couldn't hear each other.

Although there was a lot of choice on the menu, we decided to skip the mains and tackle their all you can eat ribs for €18. It seemed more of a challenge than an offer so we ordered straight away with our drinks, Dan opting to start with the spicy barbecue marinade and I opted for their special chocolate and beer marinade – a must try.

The ribs were the best I have ever tasted and just fell straight off the bone. I think by the fact we managed three and a half racks of ribs between us goes to show how much we enjoyed the meal and if my stomach wasn't screaming for me to stop, I'd have probably have just carried on eating!

If you're after a reasonably-priced delicious meal, with great staff, atmosphere to suit and an enjoyable evening in Bruges then I would advice you head to Ribs 'n Beer. I can't say enough about how good it was, but if you are thinking about it, be sure to book a table so you don't miss out.

Park Restaurant
Minderbroedersstraat 1, a 5–10 minute walk from Burg Square 

For our last night in Bruges, we booked ourselves a table at the restaurant rated #1 on TripAdvisor. With the option to have a 4-course menu for €40 we thought it was an absolute steal and a dining opportunity we didn't want to miss out on.

Set just on the edge of the park (hence the name), the interior of Park is absolutely stunning and it just screams fine dining. Even with the set menu, there was plenty of choice on the menu and there was the option to have a wine paired with each of your courses.

A lovely meal with attentive staff, I can see why it is so popular with not only the tourists but with the locals too. It is another place that you are better off booking before you go. Due to it's popularity, even on a weekday evening the restaurant was fully booked.

14 | 52: Foreign Words

At the beginning of the year, I saw that Miranti of Pen + Peplum was starting her own weekly project #52handlettered. Being a huge fan of not only Miranti's blog, but her work and style, I knew I wanted to get involved with this project using the prompts she puts up at the beginning of each month. Sadly, we're already 14 weeks in to the project and I'm only now just finding the time to take part.

After making the promise to myself at the beginning of the year to do more and share more, I feel that it's about time I start this hand lettering project and see if I can master a skill I've been keen to do more of for the last several months. I'm so inspired by the work of Miranti, as well as the likes of Jasmine and Molly. I've only briefly before done some hand lettering but would love to be able to get to a point where I'm really happy with my own style and can start incorporating that in to client projects. 

The prompt for week 14 is 'foreign words' and as a lover of the French language, I was keen to find a phrase that inspired and fits in with the current time. Maintenant ou jamais is a phrase that does just that, meaning now or never in English. Being at a point in my life since 2011 where I feel back to my 'normal, healthy' self, I really want to push myself to work hard and to improve my standard of work.

Just like the promise I made myself at the beginning of the year to do more and do better, I'm hoping to continue with the #52handlettered project throughout the rest of the year. As well as my Stamp Series, I'm sure this is going to keep me busy and on my feet. Are there any weekly projects you're currently doing or taking part in?