Last winter I was anxious to start a new hobby. I love the great outdoors, and being stuck inside during the cold winter months is totally not my thing (unless there’s cuddles and hot chocolate).
Being the Instagram junkie that I am, I followed Chalk Full of Love after discovering her cute lettering goodies.
All the praise hands
Photos from Instagram: @chalkfulloflove
Sarah did not disappoint - as you can see from above. I instantly became inspired to start learning hand lettering (a fun, sassy style of calligraphy).
My greatest find on Chalk Full of Love's Instagram was that the designer, Sarah, has created a book to help the ordinary people (like me) learn hand lettering!
Sarah’s book, Hand Lettering 101, makes it fun and easy to learn.
This beginner book teaches you hand lettering basics to help you get started making your own beautiful creations. There are step-by-step exercises to help you practice each letter in the alphabet. Along with many practice pages, there are some fun surprises once you've become more confident in your lettering!
Now beautiful calligraphy doesn’t come at the first swipe of a pen. Here are my top 3 tips for beginners:
1. Find a writing utensil that works best for you.
When I first started learning hand lettering, I used Ultra Fine Point Sharpie Markers. Surely they aren’t the most professional option for hand lettering, but I enjoyed using them as I learned.
I recently started using Micron Pens in size 02 and 05.
2. Be patient with yourself.
When I wrote my first “E” and “L” on the practice pages of Hand Lettering 101, I wanted to restart before I even finished the letter. It was atrocious. Thankfully, the book has dozens of practice pages and I eventually got the loops down (that’s without saying how many times I had to shut the book and walk away because I was so frustrated!) Stick with it and be patient, picture-perfect lettering will come with practice.
3. Get creative!
Often times a design won’t look exactly how you pictured it. Go with the flow and create something even more unique!
I hope you have found inspiration to pick up a new hobby! For more hand lettering inspiration follow my Pinterest!