My handwriting has always sucked. I don’t have that pretty smooth, clean handwriting some people have been blessed with. Now stick that with not being that creative with my hands or artsy whatsoever and you will see where I’m heading with this. For this new year, I really wanted to start a new hobby because I thought that was a really good idea so here we are. I seriously love hand lettering. I kid you not, I would just look up videos of people writing out things because I found them so therapeutic to look at.
So I thought, “Hey, what if I learn and make pretty things?” So with that, I bought my first Tombow brush pen and then I saw the reality. This is an art that needs to be mastered but I was definitely only thinking about the end part. So through ruining my first pen and countless of new supplies I keep buying, learning to hand letter has taught me a lot about myself and about life in general. Here are some nuggets of wisdom I have learned so far.Learning to do hand lettering is teaching me more about life than I thought. Click To Tweet
I Have No Patience
You know, I always thought that I had a fair amount of patience, but this taught me that I have none. I like to rush into things and I want things to be a certain way so waiting for something is dreadful and I’d rather just buy a bunch of prints on Etsy and pass them off as my own. JUST KIDDING. But you feel me? If you go on my hand lettering Instagram you will see how much I’m struggling and sometimes I just want to quit, but I must keep going and stick with it. You guys should see how I start my warm ups then get annoyed and then do a word and it comes out horrible. I just have no patience and this means I probably have no patience with other things, meaning that I should stop and analyze myself before I think I’m a chill person.
Practice Does Make Perfect
You have to work for it. That is just a big lesson to learn. I’m the kind of person that wants things to be perfect on the first try. Maybe I haven’t started that many new things recently but I never had to actually practice things but with hand lettering, it’s a whole different ballgame. I sincerely thought it was just going to come naturally. But did you know there are different ways to hold your pen and pressure techniques? I actually ruined my first pen because the tip got fluffy since I held it wrong. This just made me realize that I want everything to be good and solid the first time and if it’s not I just kind of fall into an existential crisis and wonders what life is even about. I hate the idea of practicing but I swallowed my pride and followed PiecesCalligraphy’s tutorials (she’s my favorite) and I can actually see improvement. I still hate practicing and wish I have it down already, but I can see that practice has true value and actually helps so much.
Do Things Because You Love Them
The whole reason I wanted to learn was that I thought lettering looks so pretty. So I started with all the motivation in the world and slowly it started to dwindle down. There are times that I just want to rest and I force myself to practice and I just dread the whole process. However, there are days where I’m super hyped and take my time with it. Something I learned, and something we should all remember, is to do things because we love to do it not just because we have to, otherwise, it will become a chore. If I’m not feeling it, I simply won’t do it because I don’t want it to be forced. This is something to remember because sometimes we go through life and at first, we like something but then only continue doing it just because we have to. Do things because you love to not because you think you have to.
Have you ever started something and it showed you something about yourself? For all my artsy people, have any tips for me? Let’s chat.