Review: Kruidvat hand lettering & doodling
A while ago Kruidvat had hand lettering and doodling booklets. Unfortunately I was too late to buy it. Now I saw new booklets in the brochure and went to get them on Monday (actually one day early, but they were already in the store), because for the price of € 1.79 I just had to have them and review them. I also bought gel pens. In this article I share my experience with the articles and show some pages of each booklet that I made :-).
First I bought the two booklets on hand lettering and doodling. They are workbooks with explanations and practice pages. The booklets contain approximately 100 pages. They are only €1.79 each. That's not money!
I also bought gel pens in metallic and bright colors (€ 1.49).
Get started with Kruidvat's hand lettering & doodle articles
First I started with the Doodling workbook. This is what I was most curious about. I want to improve my drawing skills. I draw quite a lot these days, especially in my bullet journal. In the month of April I even created a special page for small doodles.
The booklet first starts with a brief basic explanation of what you need, but then very quickly comes the pages where you can practice. The left page often contains examples that you can draw on the right or use as inspiration. The right page is often completely empty or still has an example that you can trace.
I always made pages in the book that I felt like. So I didn't make anything in order.
The first page I made was 'animals'. To draw more spontaneously, I immediately used the black gel pen instead of first sketching with pencil and eraser.
By the way, I didn't see any bleeding from the black fineliner on the back of my first drawn page. I did see a tiny bit of ghosting, but really minimal. Do you see the lion's mane? So very happy with it!
I always like to give objects some depth. You can practice that a bit on this page. I'm actually quite satisfied with everything. But unfortunately I made a mistake with the arrow :-(. But mistakes are allowed if you practice :-).
Hand lettering workbook
This booklet is structured the same as the doodling booklet. I also decided to mix pages in this book.
First I made an arrows page. This was also the gel pen test :-). And oh, how beautiful I think they are! One set is really bright, almost neon and the metallic set also has a really metallic shine.
Of course I also wanted to practice a quote. There are several quotes to practice in the workbook. I chose “home isn't a place, it's you”. I immediately drew the quote with one of the gel pens. Without sketching first. It went better than expected. I'm quite proud of it :-).
Hand lettering naturally includes fake calligraphy. I really enjoy, but sometimes find it difficult to draw such letters. I chose my pink metallic gel pen to practice. The first time (the word with the dashes) didn't go so well. The dashes in the letters prevent smuggling. That's why things went better with the bottom “Love”. You can make the thick line thicker or thinner and also correct the shape slightly.
Final verdict on hand lettering and doodling products Kruidvat
I'm really excited about these books! There are really so many small exercises with different themes.
I really want to create more pages in the workbooks. But I will also use these booklets as inspiration for hand lettering and drawings in my bullet journal. There is only one small downside, the pages do not lie flat. Fortunately, this doesn't bother you much when drawing, because the practice pages are on the right. This page always lies flat on the table :-).
I can also definitely recommend buying the gel pens. The colors are really nice and the pens write well. Even better than expected! I am going to use this in my bullet journal.
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