iCreate: Crafts, Canva, and Calligraphy!

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Posted September 21, 2020 from Philippines

I learned lettering, the art of drawing/designing letters, at seven years old. It was a pastime I enjoyed as a child. I gave away handwritten cards with my lettering on them during special occasions. I love creating cards!  

My dream job back then was to be a Hallmark Greeting Card writer. My favorite hang-out was/still is in the Card Corner at the school supplies section. I can spend hours reading cards of all occasions. With the advancement of technology, however, the art of lettering has been replaced by computerized fonts, and cards into e-cards. So I ended that "hobby". 

Recently, I found out that calligraphy is now a trend. Calligraphy is "an ancient writing technique using flat edged pens to create artistic lettering using thick and thin lines depending on the direction of the stroke" (Source). This year, I decide to learn the art. I'm still a beginner.

In high school, I learned different kinds of crafts: knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, quilting, stuff toy making, embroidery, and other needle-related works. We only learned basic stitches. What stuck with me throughout the years is crochet. I collected a lot of secondhand books about crochet, knitting, and beads jewelry with the hope to start a business with my own designs someday.

I used to sell crocheted headbands in the past. I could make four pieces in a day, and I sold them at a cheap price. I didn't know back then that I needed to include my labor as part of the cost, but I loved looking at my artwork being worn by girls. I was excited to have a daughter so I can create headbands and crocheted items for her; however, I became a mom of boys. So I hid my crochet hook and yarns for a while.

The passion to create didn't leave me, though. I discovered the love for simple graphic design through Canva, a graphic design platform with ready-to-use templates. I learn to create birthday cards and package quotes there. I signed up for a graphic design course in Udemy.com to learn further. I will use those designs when I reinvent the Firefly Zone.

On my  journal, I drew product designs incorporating crochet and calligraphy. That is one business venture I hope to pursue in the future, (when my little ones are independent enough). For now, I will enjoy these as hobbies. I call my artwork as okayeology, coming from my nickname, "Kaye", and "logy" is a field of study. I'm still in the process of getting to know the creative side of me, which I didn't pay attention to for a long time.

I have a tagline for okayeology, too: Care. Reign. Excel. Lend. ( Read it again, it sounds like Karen Axalan). Haha.

I live life passively much of my growing up years. It is just now that I am learning to be alive and honor the creative side of me.

The quote in mind while writing this is, "Jack/Jill of all trades master of none, though often times better than master of one".

So yeah, I create, too!

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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