I admit, I got very behind on my hand-lettering challenge, but once I got caught up, I decided to just wait and show everything at once. Miranti Kayess started the challenge on her former website, Pen+Peplum, which she has now rebranded in her own name. She is an amazing calligrapher, and I loved following along with her challenges. Even she got behind a bit when she had a baby! We’re all human, people.
Anyway, my work is a joke compared to hers, and when I got behind, I found myself rushing. So they all start to just look the same. But I did sort of find a groove, and now I really want to learn proper calligraphy and use some techniques to polish things up.
If you want to see my terrible attempt (but an attempt nonetheless) at calligraphy, then keep on scrolling.
The biggest thing I learned from this was that I wasn’t using the proper pens. I live for really skinny pens, but for really good calligraphy, that doesn’t necessarily work. I want to invest in some actual calligraphy tools, so if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. It’s also interesting to look back at these and see the tension in my writing on some days. I can totally tell when I was feeling it and when it was forced.
I also found that I do like my own handwriting. My attempts at these prompts weren’t great, but it made me want to keep learning proper hand-lettering. I signed up for Skillshare to learn some basic techniques. I feel that 2016 will be a year of big changes and real growth for me, so I’m hoping that even something as minor as a new hobby in calligraphy will be a way for me to grow and learn.