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Review: Wreck This Journal Everywhere

Wreck This Journal Everywhere
Wreck This Journal Everywhere by Keri Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have seen all kinds of journals of Keri Smith, but I did not have a chance to buy one until this year. I always see the journals as too expensive to wreck. Luckily, she made this version–less expensive and smaller in size. I haven’t finished wrecking it but I browsed all the instructions to make a valid review about it. I started wrecking it on the 13th day of March 2016.

Like other Wreck the Journal series, the book is full of instructions to destroy it. It gives me time to get creative and I love it. I think this is the first and only journal I will ever complete. (I got tons of journals I collect but do not use. It’s a disease, I know.) I enjoy wrecking it! I will go on adventures and bring it. I made a video featuring one page from it: https://youtu.be/l5f_3RQf6vU

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Calligraphy newbie

In my school, we were once required to have a fountain pen which should be used during examinations. I was with my father when he bought me one. I’m in awe with the elegance it has. Then I had a thought that any fountain pen can produce calligraphy style look. It was a bummer when the pen just produced the usual look. But, it produced smoother writing than ordinary pens.

I researched about it and encountered calligraphy pen. I bought a cheap version. I practiced it but it still felt the same. I thought every calligraphy pen could produce copperplate look or even fine hairs if I practice more. I don’t have any clue at all. I was such a newbie, the most newbie of the newbies, but I was determined to acquire a great skill on calligraphy (still does). Little did I know that I was a little wrong with the writing materials. The nib I should use should have been the flexible ones. Its price, however, is too expensive for me. I researched again and learned about dip pens.

I bought a Speedball C-series. And yes, it still did not produce what I wanted to achieve. I researched further and saw different kinds of nibs. I have only one problem: there is not enough stores selling nibs here in the Philippines. Luckily, I saw a giveaway by Labellascrittura and joined. My 5-line entry was picked as one of the winners and my happiness cannot be contained. I told anyone I saw that day (I mean friends & family). I finally have the materials I need to achieve my calligraphy goal! LOL. Regarding other pens, I can still use them for other font styles like Old English and the like. 😉

My first try:

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