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ankerundlanguageselector-deutschAnke, creativity addict and fontaholic with more ideas than time, can be incredibly silly, has a wide range of interests. Want to know more?  Click me 😀
Here you’ll find my fonts and all my creative outbursts, tutorials, crafts, art, a few freebies and a lot more.

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Tutorial: How to make that cool 5-nibbed pen

As I announced in my previous post, here’s the tutorial for my 5-nibbed pen which I used to create the drawing in my Instagram video.
At first, here it is as a – surprise! – Instagram video, below that you’ll find it as a picture-by-picture tutorial:

Tadaa – easy-peasy. It takes five minutes to create such a pen for writing music staffs, and you can embellish it completely individually. If you make one for yourself (or as a gift, as I often do for my recorder students), send me a pic or tag me on Instagram 😀 @ankeart

What got me 63k in one week

Last week I grabbed my 5-nibbed selfmade pen and drew an “a”, then filled it with the first few notes of the song “ABC” by The Jackson 5. As I had filmed that process, I uploaded it to Instagram and submitted it to the “Letter Archive” which collects hand-drawn letters.

Oh. My. GOSH!

That video got thousands of views within the first few hours! Usually I get ±60 views/likes for my Instagram photos, so I was completely baffled. Right now I have around 19k views on my personal account:

When the Letter Archive featured my video, it got an additional humongous amount of views (44k!!!) and dozens of comments (plus more than 100 new followers, yay!). One of the most asked questions was where I got that pen. Well, it is selfmade, and I’ll gladly share a tutorial with you. Just stay tuned until it’s finished (follow me on Instagram and/or sign up for my newsletter, then you’ll get notified about the tutorial).


One thing I totally messed up was the length of the video which slightly exceeded one minute. The last closeup of the finished letter was cut short, that’s why I’m posting the drawing here again for you to see in detail:


Yes, I know that there are some small mistakes in the music. That’s freedom of art, m’kay? 😉

Freebie Time! Confetti Alpha for Party Layouts

confettifreebie-fbToday I finally have a new scrapbooking freebie for you: PARTY! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY written with confetti – high resolution and commercial use friendly!

The files are zipped (8,4MB):


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Export Fonts directly in Illustrator? Heck, yeah! 1

Through Thick and Thin - Open Type FontI’ve been a fan of the “Mighty Deals” for a few years now, they often have gorgeous fonts and other helpful goodies at sensational discounts.

No, this blog post is not sponsored.

Now I caught a  mega deal which is highly innovative – and it actually works! It was a Kickstarter campaign which I totally missed. Anyway, I found this special deal in the newsletter yesterday, the Fontself Maker for 50% off (24$ instead of 49$). Resistance was futile, so a few minutes after I had purchased the plugin.

Here’s a little overview made by the Fontself team:

So what can I say? AWESOME!

You draw a shape/glyph in Adobe Illustrator, if necessary you group the paths, then you select the new glyphs and move them into the “Fontself Maker” window by drag & drop. When they are ordered from A to Z on a single line, the program assigns the correct characters automatically. Especially cool: create three guides and call them Ascender, Baseline and Descender, select and drag them together with the glyphs – voilà, perfect metrics. For my font, I used a decorative brush. Usually I’d have to turn the glyphs into outlines, but the Fontself Maker does this by itself as well.

What’s still missing is a kerning feature as well as the option to add alternate glyphs. But the Fontself guys are working on that.

I tweaked my font a little in Fontlab Studio and Glyphs Mini because I wanted to have some special characters and kerning. If you don’t care about that, the little tool itself will make you happy.

My little font looks quite cute, don’t you think? You can grab it here as a newsletter freebie:

Through Thick and Thin - Open Type Font

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Easy CD scratch-off Art


These CDs were made by my 8yo student

Mother’s Day is approaching quickly (in Germany it’s on May 8th), and here’s an easy diy project for kids of all ages. You can turn any old CD or DVD into a little work of art and use it as (window) deco, as coasters and more.

You simply need:

  • old CD or DVD
  • Acrylic paint (black and white result in nice contrasts, but any colour is possible)
  • container to mix paint
  • dishwashing liquid
  • paint brush
  • toothpick/skewer
  • drinking glass (optional)

Into your mixing container, add a drop of dishwashing liquid plus a small amount of acrylic paint (approx. 1 tablespoon full). Carefully mix both with the paint brush, not too quickly or it will result in bubbling.

Put the CD/DVD on top of your drinking glass, the printed side facing down. This way your disc won’t stick to any surface when you paint it. Put on an even coat of paint until the disc doesn’t shine through any more. It may be necessary to apply a second coat of paint. Tip: Use a blow-dryer to accelerate the drying process.

When the paint has dried completely, use a toothpick or skewer to scratch patterns into the paint. Even kids who can barely draw have fun scribbling along, and it looks great 😉

Now you can seal your disc with a clear varnish if you want to use it as a coaster. Or you glue a piece of pretty ribbon to the top of the back and hang it on your wall. If you glue the disc onto a piece of felt, you can use it as a lid for drinks which keeps wasps away (great in summer!). In my little collage on the bottom left, you can see how it looks if you remove all the silvery material from the disk by using a strong piece of duct tape. The disk becomes completely transparent where you scratch off the paint, and it looks pretty as a window decoration.

Easy CD scratch-off Art, a great art activity for kids of all ages - not only for Mother's Day