What I Learned in Week One
For almost two years now, I have scrolled through Pinterest boards filled with excellent hand lettering artwork. I have grown a desire to learn how to master this skill, and I can no longer resist diving in.
I was shocked more than I predicted because my skills were less than I had hoped for. I have been doing “cheater caligraphy” for so long that I assumed that I’d understand how to apply the correct amount of pressure for each letter, but “faking it ya’ make it” didn’t really work it in this situation.
You can see how my lines are unstable. Learning that a single pen can have several different weights is a trick I have yet to master. Keeping a steady hand is also crucial to this artform, and I wonder if I will ever have nice smooth lines.
Discovering that I have to improve a great deal before I could start selling prints is a bit frustrating, but it also makes me incredibly determined. I just want to master this and already have an amazing Instagram account like Mary Kate Devitt.
While studying the stroke of a pen, I learn that life is more about slowing down. Isn’t that why yoga and meditation are so popular right now? Why do people grow up so fast, just to realized that the key is to slow down?
Yes, I want to imminently be a superstar in everything that I do, but imminently never actually happens. Life is teaching me some valuable lessons as I learn to hand letter. I guess the best part is that it’s only week one.
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