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if you remember from an old post from last year, one of my bucket list items for 2107 was to learn calligraphy & hand lettering! I adore gorgeous lettering & I can look at different pictures of peoples beautiful works for hours.
For Christmas, I got my starter pack of ink, nibs, paper, a book & more! I'm not totally sure what I anticipated when I started to practice, but it's not what really happened. I browsed through my book, read a ton, watched videos & set myself up. But actually putting that nib to a piece of paper was a very different feel.
While I knew how difficult it is to learn, I had really high hopes that I would learn so fast. I'm so eager to expand using this skill especially since I love doing this so far. But what I quickly learned is this is most definitely a skill that requires a lot of effort & a lot of patience.
Getting used to simply writing with the pen & nib was so tricky. I had to play around with getting used to & familiar with how much ink goes in my nib, when there's too much which causes ink explosions on the page, when there's too little and you're about to start a new letter. Even just the basic way to hold the pen and how to glide it on the paper is tricky!
But what I've loved so far is how it relaxes me. Right now I have SO much learning to do & TONS of practice to go, but I'm enjoying the ride. It actually reminds me of when I first learned to sew a few years ago. My mom taught me how to thread the machine & how to run a line of stiches. And then I just took off.
I learn best with just going full force with something & learning on the way. I had only been sewing for less than a month when I took on my first t-shirt quilt. My goodness did I learn so much! Because of that, making t-shirt quilts is one of my strongest assets.
Knowing myself, I want to really go big with hand lettering but I'm trying to contain myself. I think one of the trickiest things about this process is finding your own signature style. I always remember back in elementary school when we were learning cursive. My fifth grade teacher told us that while right now we learn the proper way, as we get older we each will develop our very own, unique signature.
That has stuck with me during this whole process. I'm trying to do both things at once- learn the basics while adding my own flare. It's definitely not the proper way to learn, but my life has never really been proper. What I love is when I write a letter that not only looks like the actual letter, but looks pretty cool! It's a tiny sense of accomplishment!
I am loving writing y's, s's & lower case r's the most. Capital B's are growing on me. But those darn lower case m's & n's are really throwing me for a loop! But regardless, experimenting is fun. Let me tell you- there are so many pages of paper with crazy looking letters & crazy phrases. But it's cool to see how I've already improved from night 1!
You can tell from the pictures that I am nowhere near perfect or remotely good. But I am getting there! I'm working on limiting the hesitation in my strokes because right now, you can see that when you're looking at it. I know with time that will correct itself as I get more comfortable with lettering. I'm also working on perfecting letters. I want my letters to match one other so that when I write words like "Fluffy" (my teddy bear's name, duh!), I want the f's to look as identical as they can!
I have so many mini goals and larger goals that I am looking forward to hitting! I'm already envisioning all the new things I'll be able to make once my skill level greatly improves! It's going to be a really great time!
I can't wait to keep you in the loop of this progress! If you're into calligraphy & hand lettering- share with me any tips you have or your favorite ways you've learned this skill! I'd love to hear it!
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!