I’ve always said that I’m not a natural artist. And that’s the truth. I tried so many styles of painting and drawing, sculpture and jewelry making, anything artsy craftsy that I could find to try to express myself… and I wasn’t very good at any of them. I always felt like I had the eye and heart, just not the hands and brain for it.
Then, I found hand lettering, after a friend started and made it look easy (ha!). I loved how there weren’t “rules”. In fact, most modern calligraphers seemed to be interested in innovation more than technique. People got to their end results in different ways, with different tools, and they were all doing the “same thing”. I loved that. I also loved how open and welcoming the hand lettering community is. These amazing professional calligraphers would stop by my Instagram page to offer encouragement and compliments and answer my questions. I saw calligraphers who were more novice than me, still putting their pieces out there and it encouraged me to have more faith in myself too.
And I loved that it was a medium where practice truly could make perfect, although I’m far from attaining that. I practiced for 15-30 minutes a day for the first six months. At first, I thought I was hopeless, but then improvement came in fast waves and I was being commissioned to do pieces for friends’ weddings and nurseries and things. I also started drawing, which I could never do before, but now I dare to say that I’m a pretty good doodler.
I don’t ever intend to make it a full-time job, but I have found a super fulfilling niche teaching hand lettering classes to folks at my local library. Little by little, I want to load some of that content here, for other budding calligraphers and artists to utilize too.
You can follow my hand lettering and watercolors on Instagram here!