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Starting a hand lettering practice

As with most hobbies in my life I quite randomly stumbled upon hand lettering recently. I was browsing Instagram and got hooked on the modern calligraphy videos with the most satisfying loops and swirls. Naturally, I wanted to try it for myself.

It’s been a messy start. My lines are crooked and wobbly. My lines are simultaneously too fat and too thin. My pen will skip. The paper will bleed. There have been many mistakes. I’d like to share some of those with you now.

Accidentally using the V form for the letter U.
Oh the wobbles!
Leading generally refers to the space between letters. I am still working on this.
At some point I had to call it good enough. Those flourishes really need attention though.

What are you practicing lately? Have you tried any new art forms?

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Creative Diversity

I keep telling myself that in order to be a successful artist I have to become specific with what I make. That ends today. It isn’t true and it isn’t helpful. I am creative almost every day. However, I struggle to give myself any credit for the things that I think fall outside of my idea of “traditional” art. From now on, this will be a place for all of the things I create, without limits, without “shoulds”, and most importantly without shame. Hello my new creatively diverse life. Welcome.

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I promise to honor all of my creative endeavors. (Including diamond painting, my favorite recent discovery.)