Most of us already keep sources of inspiration in a number of places—I know we all have Pinterest boards dedicated to calligraphy and lettering, and Instagram saves and screen shots galore. This first step in the Letter Better series (don’t forget to read the introduction), is to start a central collection for all lettering inspiration. First, I’ll give you two reasons why you should consider doing this, and then we’ll talk about how.Read More
Is it possible for an artist to really “arrive”? Maybe there is some unicorn out there that thinks they’ve achieved it all—but I sincerely doubt it. The reality is that, veteran or beginner, we’re all constantly learning and getting better! Social media like Instagram and Pinterest almost guarantees that. We see others’ work, and realize, there’s so much out there that we don’t yet know how to do!
So, how do we continue to grow as artists, specifically in the realm of calligraphy and hand lettering?Read More
I’ve told you before that calligraphy is an incredibly practical skill that can help save you money in everyday life. Calligraphy can also help you make and give truly thoughtful gifts for your loved ones this holiday season without breaking the bank. (Or, honestly, without putting in a full business week on one gift, because your time has value too)!
Here are five DIY gift ideas that use hand lettering, all of which are great for gift giving year-round too!Read More
Most of us know that different people have different ways that they learn best. These ways are usually cited as visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. But did you know that, “in order to really chew on information, we have to engage at least two of those modalities [or methods], or we have to engage at least one of those modalities coupled with an emotional experience”? This is what Sunni Brown suggests in her TED Talk, “Doodlers, Unite!” As she makes her case for doodling as a legitimate practice for the workplace and really any area where you’re taking in information, she tells us that doodling engages all four learning modalities simultaneously, with the possibility of an emotional experience.
I have been suspicious that this might be the case ever since a college friend of mine scored far better on tests, when I knew for a fact that she took minimal notes during the three-hour lectures, doodling and sometimes solving sudoku puzzles! Meanwhile, I furiously took pages and pages of linear, bullet-pointed notes.
This is precisely why I think learning to hand letter can help you learn better!Read More
Once you have a very basic lettering style mastered, you can start to alter it. Many people like to develop their own “personal style” of lettering—this can help set you apart from other calligraphers, and keep you from just copying everything on Instagram and Pinterest. Though I do have a primary "go-to" calligraphy style that I've made my own, I think it’s very handy to have several different styles up your sleeve. That way, you can letter in many different contexts. For instance, you'd use a casual, fun style for a chalkboard sign at a kids' birthday party, but you might use a more formal, oblique script for a formal event like a wedding. The wall art that you design for a modern, professional-looking flat is going to be pretty different from the style you'd use to create a piece of art for a boho loft.
So, you need lots of different styles—but how do you create them without just copying? How do you go about finding your own personal style?Read More