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MQ Scribbles

The G Studies

This is the first time that I shot a video on a normal timeframe (not a time-lapse video unlike the ones I used to post). Presenting, the G studies.

MQ Scribbles: The G Studies

This is more of a vlog than a blog. Since I have been practicing calligraphy, I was told by my artist friends to keep my scratches or practice sheets. I never realized until months ago what’s the significance of keeping track. It reminds you of where you started and where are you now after a series of practice.

I was able to keep the first few pads and papers that I used back then and really go amazed by the progress I achieved. It has been more than a year since I started and sometimes I still feel like I’m a noob in the craft.

A friend of mine who has been liking and watching my videos told me that it’s soothing and calming to watch someone write in real time. That means, not through the time-lapse videos that I am used to post and share.

Side note, I am really shy in posting real time videos because you may get bored while watching me scribble a letter or two for a minute. 

But, I faced my fears so while watching The Flash (obviously from the background noise of the video), I tried setting up my usual place and shot the video. It somehow felt liberating and just thinking of doing this to keep track of the progress I make.

The G studies

Finished product!

Quick Realizations

After doing the video, I realized that we are the ones who hinder ourselves from excelling at the things we do. Deep inside, you know you have a future let sometimes others can get the best of you. Their words seem poison to your positive outlook. Nevertheless, it always depends on you on how will you conquer those.

I am actually happy that I did conquer mine. I now am more confident of sharing tips and experiences through blog posts and other kinds of posts to those who want to try the craft. Just a quick disclaimer, my posts tend to be from a leftie’s perspective.

For this video, I used:

  • Pilot New Brush Pen (Fine with soft tips) which now costs Php 215/piece at National Bookstore (Greenbelt 1 branch; not sure about other branches)
  • A scratch pad I got from a department store (around Php 22/piece)


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  • KT Nielsen
    December 1, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    I keep my practice sheets as well but when our househelp cleaned the room where I kept my sheets, she mistakenly thought they were trash and she threw all of them. Ugh! What a heartbreak! I love your G worksheet considering that you write using your left hand. Wow! Truly impressive!

  • Mommy Queenelizabeth
    December 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Wow that was awesome for a left handed. I guess you did a great job here. I’ve beentrting my hands on scribbles and i am having a hard time perfecting the letter F! How the F is that?! Hahaha!

  • berlin domingo
    December 1, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I forgot my calligraphy already. Or perhaps what I would want to tell myself. No practice as well. But I agree. We are the ones who hinder ourselves from excelling at the things we do. I do not practice because I do not want to excel.

    Time to touch those brushes again and write something even if a line or two.

  • ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily
    December 1, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    You are right. We are the ones who stops us. So the next time, take it to yet another level. TALK! Talk to us while you write. I promise you, it will be great!

    • Maria
      December 2, 2016 at 3:24 AM

      I feel like you are shouting at me with “TALK!” HAHAHA! I don’t know sir, I am very awkward when it comes to video. My piano videos are taken a number of times because my hands get that version of cold feet. But maybe, sometime in the future. I get to conquer that awkwardness. 🙂

  • theresa
    December 2, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Can you give me some quick tips on how to start. I started on small letter i but I don’t think I’m progressing. Is it because of the brush I use or wrong strokes? Help! I really wanna learn but I don’t want to spend more on it because I would prefer giving it to my son instead. Any tips?

    • Maria
      December 4, 2016 at 11:57 PM

      You start with the basic drills first. You may use pens that have somehow firm tips. (e.g. ZIG Fudebiyori, Artline Brush Markers) For tips, I have a thread here called Calligraphy and some are already there. 🙂

  • Indrani
    December 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Please don’t hesitate. I am keen to watch how you do it. I will look forward to your video.
    This sheet looks neat and good.

  • The Local Folke Co.
    December 2, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    quote, and quote “Deep inside, you know you have a future yet sometimes others can get the best of you. ” sometimes it really does. and good thing, not all the time. and I guess that’s just something people with great ambition go through to achieve it. for the meantime, just keep swimming 🙂

  • Thelittlelai : Beyond limits
    December 3, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    This is indeed inspiring and motivating. Yes, true that there are matters that would only need a little push to conquer the things that we afraid of and that will surely bring us far and go beyond the limits. I am always a big fan of your works.

  • Laveena Sengar
    December 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    I think there is nothing that cannot be achieved if you try with your complete calibre. The fact that you are sharing this is Something very creative. Looking forward to seeing you do the video.

  • jared's mum
    December 4, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Wow, calligraphy can be rather tricky for lefties but you nailed it! Your g’s are really pretty. Calligraphy is something I would love to be good at. I guess I need to practice more instead of checking out those related posts on IG and Facebook! I should get me one of those pens! I love your video, too. I sure hope I can post my own video doing calligraphy one day soon!

  • ASKSonnie
    December 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Wow, you write in your left hand! Continue producing and sharing videos. It helps us understand your craft. In the end, it helps us appreciate your passion and learn a thing or two about art and calligraphy. Hindi ka dapat nag manual laba at plantsa, otherwise, mapasma yung hands, right?

    • Maria
      December 4, 2016 at 11:54 PM

      Yeah, that’s what my piano teacher has been telling me since I started playing the piano. So whenever I do those tasks, I use gloves. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Milton Coyne
    December 6, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    wow I just watched the video.. yikes.. I watched how you stroke and you never even shake a bit hahaha… I guess that’s the reason why I find it so hard to learn Calligraphy.. my hands are always shaky (loko nga sakin ng teacher ko sa penmanship ko eh parang waves daw lol)
    but I guess with constant practice .. siguro I’ll improve no?

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