Posts tagged ‘gel pen’
Now that the Silhouette SD has restored my faith in gel pen drawing with a digital diecutter, I’ve been testing various fonts for that single line look. To recap, many fonts will give a single line look at very small sizes (say a tenth of an inch high or less) but ones that look single line when drawn larger are harder to find. MTC has a cool feature to thin out regular fonts for a single line look but an algorithm is never going to match the aesthetics built in by a skilled typographer so the search continues.
I tested the fonts below with Staples mini gel pens, which have a very fine tip, in the Chomas Creations holder. You’ll get better results at smaller sizes and with broader tip pens such as metallic gel pens, for instance. A sample of my results are shown below. Click the image to enlarge it.
OK at ~ <1 inch tall
OK at ~ <.75 inches tall
OK at ~<.5 inches tall
OK at ~<.3 inches tall
OK at ~ <.25 inches tall
I’ve been waiting for a chance to post this card, but my busy summer has kept me away from the blogging. Thanks for your patience! There a several things I’ve been wanting to show you, all demonstrated in this simple card.
I found a beautiful free dingbat font of state birds that I thought would work great with gel pens and it gave me a great chance to see what I could do with my Silhouette SD and the gel pens and holder from Chomas Creations. As you know from my prior posts, I have been disappointed with the “jiggle” issue when using gel pens in the Cricut. Well, that problem goes away in the smooth drawing Silhouette, opening up all sorts of new possibilities. I love the look I got from the glittery metallic blue ink in the Chomas pens.
The South Carolina shape is from the Every State Cut It set from Lettering Delights. I used 2 identical files deleting the cut outline from one and the drawing image from the other since Silhouette Studio does not have layers. Otherwise the procedure is very similar to what I show in this older SCAL video.
The striped background was extracted from a discontinued Lettering Delights graphic set tag image that did not have a matching background paper or tile. For stripe patterns it is really simple to crop down to a short strip that contains a full repeat (see selection box in graphic below) to create an efficient, seamless tile that works wonderfully in Silhouette Studio, MTC and other programs that support tileable patterns.
Hope you’ll find something in this post you can use in your projects, especially since you had to wait all summer to hear from me.
All of these are available at fontspace.com. As with the last post, each is rendered at the largest size that will still appear filled in. I’m only printing a few letters of each now for these samples so as to save time and preserve ink.
Another batch of pre-filled fonts for your gel pen enjoyment. Be sure to test a letter or two with the font, size and pen you want before committing to the long drawing process. Take this from someone who has run out one gel pen in the process so far. When you look at the regular printed version of the font, you will see how very different they look rendered with gel pens, and this will help you learn to spot good candidates yourself.
I had a prior post where I gave a rather contorted procedure for filling in the fonts that you draw with Cricut markers, gel pens, etc. Today I had a better idea. Find fonts that already have a “fill” that works with the Cricut. So I tested a bunch of fonts with my gel pens and when one seemed promising, I reduced the size until the fill looked solid. Some look really nice with the crosshatch showing, as well. All of these are freebies from either fonts101.com or dafont.com.
Keep in mind that these take a long time to draw, so plan ahead. If you want to use markers instead of gel pens, there are many more options, or you can use the fonts above at even at larger sizes. Also see this previous post about single line fonts.