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  • Hello lovely people

  • I'm Jessica and this is my wife Claudia C: Hello!

  • If you're new to this

  • channel I make videos generally about chronic illness and disabilities and gay

  • stuff but recently I've been feeling a bit:

  • [pretends to hyperventilate]

  • which I think is a feeling that a lot of people can relate to you right now

  • C: Hmm, I was feeling like it just now.

  • So we decided that we were just

  • gonna have a lovely little time doing some artwork because we've been really

  • enjoying the sponsor today's video: Skillshare which is an online learning

  • platform. Skillshare have videos and things like arts and crafts but also charisma

  • how to be a good business leader, how to do better at life.

  • It's true. C: How to master Lightroom and Photoshop?

  • All of that good stuff! C: Creative writing

  • And today's topic which is making a

  • beautiful line drawing using initials. I'm going to create a C for Claudia

  • C: And I'm gonna do it J for Jessica because we're her original like that

  • Oh yeah... yeah.

  • C: I think it's called typography? Illustrative Lettering? J: I think so.

  • Normally it's suggested that you take photos out and about:

  • flower market, (C: yeah or a garden center) places we can't go right now!

  • Or public gardens like Kew's J: also a place we can't go right now

  • but instead we have the wonder of the internet. Thank goodness!

  • Bringing us all closer together this time of need

  • C: You can get anything on the internet

  • J: You really can! C: I mean like gosh what would we do if this was happening

  • in the day we've before internet?

  • Cry.

  • More.

  • Play lots of card games. J: Oh we should do that actually, yeah.

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  • The class we chose was a Skillshare Original

  • Illustrated Lettering: Drawing Intricate Floral Forms by Gemma O'Brien,

  • a designer and lettering artist. The course talks you through turning

  • photographs of flowers into Photoshop Elements and then arranging them

  • into beautiful designs. I'm not particularly well-versed in Photoshop so I really

  • enjoyed learning new tips and tricks. It actually turned out to be incredibly

  • soothing to sit and arrange the flowers over the letters.

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  • I was getting really bad hand cramps so we are going to make these pens

  • disability-friendly using bubble wrap and kitchen towel.

  • So fold bubble wrap, then fold the kitchen towel.

  • And then roll...

  • It's going to be a really big thick pen now

  • [Both laugh]

  • No more hand cramps for me !

  • C: It looks like a loo roll.

  • It looks like a loo roll!

  • J: It looks like a loo roll, ok well...fine.

  • J: Deep breaths [laughs]

  • You've done well so far you've outlined everything I haven't even got around

  • mine, I think if we actually had tracing paper

  • as she has in the video life would be a lot easier [both laugh]

  • C: I know, basically we are using this like...layout paper.

  • I mean I've never heard of layout paper before and after this I

  • never want to again. This is very challenging.

  • I mean but hey maybe it's a metaphor.

  • C: For what?

  • Because you would think that having to be at home for 12 weeks

  • would be easy but hey it's actually incredibly challenging.

  • [Both laugh]

  • C: I guess you can make it as easy or challenging as you like.

  • This?

  • C: No!

  • Being upset about a worldwide global pandemic?

  • C: Yeah I mean sometimes like I

  • try and think I'm not gonna think about it today but you just can't help it

  • J: yeah

  • and you read something you even intend to read a lot maybe you don't

  • even tend to read about Coroni just like heey

  • [C laughs] Coroni?

  • Is that what you call it now? Coroni?

  • Apparently! C: You just like...

  • What's that thing that people do like when they try and make something

  • more friendly like to personify it?

  • Oh yeah sure I personified the virus. [laughs]

  • Or that part from hurricanes and storms they give them name so they we actually

  • take them with more gravity.

  • J: Jessica yeah, so we take them seriously.

  • Which, by the way...

  • To storms is kind of unfair because you could lose everything and it could be

  • really silly named storm.

  • C: I lost everything to Brenda.

  • [Both laugh]

  • J: You know the bit of this I actually really enjoyed was doing Photoshop?

  • C: Yeah?

  • Like just kind of working out how to do Photoshop.

  • C: My problem is I don't use it enough to retain the knowledge but then we both

  • like learning stuff so maybe it's fine that we've been you've got memory loss a

  • maybe it works to our advantage that every other month we are like

  • I'm going to learn something new! But actually we learned it before.

  • [Both laugh]

  • J: yeah I mean we don't often discuss the good points of memory loss and the joy

  • of learning is definitely one of those good things because I get to learn

  • things often, I also get to learn things like plot points of movies that

  • I've actually watched before but I'm shocked.

  • C: Oh I just ruined it again!

  • [Jessica laughs] This is soo difficult...

  • J: By the way I love so much that you do the Wallace & Gromit thing when you are upset

  • [both laugh] C: Do I?

  • J: Yeah, did yo not realise? C: I know I just did that then

  • but I didn't realise it's been quite regular. J: Yeah it's a trait.

  • [both laugh]

  • You commonly do it.

  • I hope I don't do that while I'm working.

  • [Jessica laughs]

  • Suddenly pick up my instruments and go: [ahhhr] [both laugh]

  • Above their heads...

  • J: I mean most people at the dentist have their eyes closed right?

  • C: No. J: Oh..really?

  • C: Yeah.

  • Well I just close my eyes to be polite.

  • It's fine I don't mind, I'm not looking at your eyes I'm looking at your mouth.

  • So I don't even...I can't even tell if your eyes are shut to be honest.

  • When I'm at the hairdresser's I get like really awkward about it I know I need

  • like lean back and they wash your hair in the sink [Jessica laughs]

  • I don't know were to look I'm like, do I shut my eyes and enjoy this head rub?

  • but then that they might think I'm enjoying it too much and

  • like and it's a bit creepy? Or do I just like stare at the ceiling and then I'm

  • like look like they're weirdo because I've just got my eyes wide open like:

  • J: wow!

  • Then I'm like wow I'm thinking about this too much I just wanted to be over!

  • J: Is this what it's like to be an over-thinker? C: yes

  • J: this is just what goes on your mind? C: Having my hair cut is one of my

  • worst like life experiences that unfortunately has to be repeated every now and again.

  • J: I'm sorry I didn't realise that your life was this...

  • ... this difficult! C: Oh gosh.

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  • I found this very interesting, my parents are both artists and they always say that

  • my art is too tight because I like drawing really tight tiny lines

  • C: I love arts that is tight tiny lines but I'm really bad at it I'm like much more

  • like my full body should go into things when it comes to art like because I'm

  • a dentist so actually like I do need quite fiddle in...

  • Maybe that's why when I'm trying to be creative and expressive

  • I wanna do things like:

  • bigger and less precise, so even though I'm like 'why doesn't it look perfect?'

  • mentally I'm like I don't want it to look perfect.

  • oh no wait mentally I do want it to look perfect. J: at work but at home...

  • No! [laughs]

  • You are like, expressive!

  • I was going to say, mentally I want it to look perfect but like in my soul!

  • J: Oh C: Emotionally I wanted to look

  • You know...

  • J: That's so much deeper right...

  • You shouldn't have interrupted me... anywaay! [jessica laughs]

  • Here we are so Jessica: [fariy dust sfx] had the patience to finish hers.

  • [both laugh]

  • And I did not, I haven't even taken the cello tape out of the corners [both laugh]

  • But I mean, it's nearly there, I got a little frustrated because

  • 1. we didn't have real tracing paper we had very thin paper

  • it was really hard to see what

  • I was trying to do. J: I mean I think my parents would look at this and still say

  • it was very tight and not expressive enough or arty enough

  • C: I love it!

  • But I made it for you, and i filled it with love.

  • C: But I think this class was quite tight

  • Yeah dammit I did the right thing!

  • I mean I think it's gonna be less tight if you

  • actually have your real pieces of inspiration like at the real flower next

  • to you but as we said, you know.

  • Anyway, I will finish it when I feel less pressured.

  • J: Can I just say though I think this is the very first time we've done

  • an arty video and we've done many together where I finished!

  • C: Yeah, I was gonna high five you. I'll high five you!

  • I think my hand is going to drop off it hurts so badly right