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Letter Love

Alright, dear readers. I am post-calligraphy class and fell asleep last night dreaming of fluid upstrokes and downstrokes. It was so awesome to step away from the digital world and put pen to paper. The class was fantastic and I would really recommend finding one near you if you have any interest in learning calligraphy or hand lettering. It’s just not the same when you try to watch a video or read about it. I think the hardest part for me is stepping out of my comfort zone and accepting that the finished product might not look perfect and being ok with it. It was hard to not compare my work to everyone else’s and Anne kept reminding us to have a positive inner dialogue while drawing each letter. It’s about more than just making type look pretty, it’s about loving the process and the emotion behind the word. I made some progress but I really need to practice. So, I am thinking about challenging myself to do one word a day starting with A and going to Z. Posting my not so perfect results online freaks me out, but will hold me accountable and hopefully show the progress I make through practicing. I find myself wanting immediate, perfect results and I simply cannot have it in this case. This is just as much as an exercise in patience as it is in calligraphy. Would anyone be interested in watching my progress? I am thinking of this as a little bit of handmade therapy. 

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  1. Nakina says:

    Yay! I think this is a great idea. Good job!

    • Ann Parker says:

      Thanks, Nakina! I think I’m going to start next week. Gotta get a few supplies.