Have you ever felt like some calligraphy workbook pages are a little too fast-paced—like they're moving on before you've mastered the current page's technique? It may be that the workbook pages are too short and that muscle memory hasn't kicked in—or it could be that you're making the same mistakes over and over without correction, so you reach the bottom of the page without having made much progress. So, what's the solution, and how can we all stop wasting our time and make the most of worksheets?Read More
To DIY or not to DIY—is it better to invest time, or invest money instead? If you’re anything like me, this question haunts you when you think about crafty projects and home decor. When are you going to find time to learn how to make that white macrame wall hanging for the bedroom, or should you just hop on Etsy? (Literally my current dilemma).
If there was ever a skill that you should spend time learning to get the best bang for your buck, I submit: You should absolutely learn some kind of hand-lettering. Calligraphy’s uses are wide-ranging and money-saving. You don’t have time not to learn hand-lettering! I say this at least half tongue-in-cheek, but still, here's some reasons why, illustrated with real-life examples from some of my favorite people on Instagram.Read More
From DIY wall-art to making your own greeting cards, hand-lettering is a really handy (and, dare I say, trendy) skill to have up your sleeve. Don't start from scratch, or spend hours trying to figure out where to start. More importantly, don't ever leave your couch + Netflix!Read More
Rather than taking years to learn the millions of different block lettering styles you might observe on Pinterest and Instagram, I've developed a block lettering workbook that I believe is the best place to start learning. I explain a little bit more about this method of learning in this post, but briefly: I believe the best way to learn to draw letters is to mimic and trace existing letters, and the best letters to trace and mimic are quality computer fonts that have been tested by time. For a longer explanation, check out that article.
This article is an explanation of why I chose these five particular computer fonts as a starting point.Read More
There are two major elements of hand lettering: drawing calligraphy/script letters, and drawing regular/block letters. If you’d like to get started creating hand-lettered calligraphy, I have several beginner’s lessons here.
Getting started hand-lettering regular letters can be overwhelming. The sheer number of styles makes it hard to know where to start. It’s easy to get lost in the world of Pinterest, thinking that there are hundreds of different fonts, styles, and variations you need to learn. However, I’d like to suggest a far more manageable starting point, which will set you up to be able to learn and develop different styles of lettering down the road with far more ease.Read More