Doodle Journal

Growing up, I was never a good drawer/sketcher/doodler, etc. I would see other children who were just so talented at creating figures and creatures and such, and I would be over here like, ๐Ÿ˜. During my classes, I would doodle on the side of my notebooks, and all I saw were scribbles and works of lines – nothing more, nothing less.

The older I became, the more I wanted to be a good drawer, and (not to be a Negative Nelly) but I still have yet to see that skill improve! Haha! So I did what mostly any other person would do, and I researched some tips on how to improve your drawing skills! And it came down to one thing:

Buy yourself a sketchbook/doodle journal, for the sole purpose of doodling!

For me, it wasn’t enough to doodle only on my notebooks meant for class, but once I purchased a doodle journal, I had something to look forward to throughout the day. Plus, I was able to look back at my previous doodles and see some progress.

Also, there’s nothing wrong with copying/tracing other works of art!

Copying another person’s work is only wrong if you try to make it your own (as in – you taking the credit). But for practicing purposes, trace and duplicate away! I am able to draw something, but only if I see the object in front of me. So at times, I do duplicate, but not very often.

I hope each of these tips are helping you improve in your lettering skills! I’ll be back with more tips. Until then, happy lettering! โ˜บ๏ธ


Calligraphy Time!

I recently took a free online calligraphy workshop, and let me just say that I instantly fell in love! Granted, it was a short (45 minutes) class, but man oh man, did I learn a ton about calligraphy!

The class was given by Scarlet & Gold, an internet-based calligraphy company that offered the free workshop on multiple times in the month of April.

The first thing you had to do was register for the class, which guarantees you a spot. After, you receive an e-mail with an attachment of the class schedule.

Now, at first, I thought you had to attend each class, learning different lessons while the days pass. However, this was not the case. There is only one (pre-recorded) class, and that one class was made available on certain days and time. That made sense, because, well, it was free!

I picked a time and day that was suitable for me, and then I waited…

Finally class day was here! Beforehand, they sent you a “supply list” with a few items that were needed and/or recommended. To be honest, I have never been this excited to receive a supply list! Anywho, the “needed” items were purchased (I bought my supplies online and had them shipped!) before class.

The class began, and the teacher (who was awesome at teaching calligraphy) immediately began describing each tool and its use. Then, we finally got to the nitty-gritty! They gave us a phrase to practice, which was “let’s write pretty.”

 We went through each letter, until we finally were able to write the whole phrase. And voila! The end result was quite stunning for my eyes! Didn’t realize that I had this in me. It took a LOT of time, patience and practice, but alas, I was completely satisfied with my results!

Will I continue practicing calligraphy? OF COURSE! After taking this class, it brought a new passion to my heart. I have a new appreciation for modern calligraphy!

Stay tuned for more hand-lettering/calligraphy tips! Until then, happy lettering ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Although the schedule was only meant for April, Scarlet & Gold will also be offering the class in June. Be sure to sign-up on their website to receive more updates on their free online calligraphy workshop! ๐Ÿ™‚

Practice….Your Name?

Happy Monday! Can you believe we’re in the final (full) week of March? Lately I’ve been researching a few tips to practice my lettering, and basically it all comes down to one rule…

Write your name. And that is exactly what I did!

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A few important notes to add to this:

1. Find the RIGHT writing tool.

There are many types of pens, markers, brushes and pencils out there. Don’t limit yourself to only one type of writing tool. Take your pick and try them out! My favorite tools so far are: the Sakura 38081 Pigma Brushย pen, ABM’s Messy Pen (in medium), and of course your basic Sharpie pens, which come in different colors!

2. Duplicate a font.

Choose a font, type your name or phrase that you want, print the page and begin tracing or, if you’re the adventurous person, free-hand the word(s)! Just a note, it may take a couple (or several) trial runs before you start seeing results. But hey, practice makes progress!

3. Doodling is your best friend.

If you’re at home, school, work or wherever you are, let doodling become a part of your schedule! Every person can squeeze a couple minutes of drawing. If you open some of my notebooks from school, you’ll see my name written like 20 times in almost every page. But of course, there is a time for every thing. Let’s say for example, you have a break while you are inย school or work, just bring along a notebook or grab a piece of paper and begin practicing! If you want to see progress, you must sacrifice a little time ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope these tips will help you in your lettering journey! I have been seeing some major improvement in my lettering, all thanks to practice. I’ll be back soon to share some more tips and tricks. Until then, happy lettering!

Meet Yourself March: #BetterLetteringCourse Instagram Challenge!

Wow! I still can’t believe it’s already March… Well today as I was scrolling through my feed on Instagram, I saw a post from a fantastic hand-lettering artist that I follow, (@ckelso), and she began a challenge for this month called, “Meet Yourself March.” And as I read through the prompts, I said to myself, “Hey! That’s a great way to start practicing daily!” So, for all you beginners out there who don’t know where to begin, then I challenge you to challenge yourself with this challenge! (Yes, I did say challenge 3 times :D) 

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As you see on the picture above,  you basically follow the prompt for each day of the month, AND at the same time, you will also be practicing hand lettering! I know March already started, but I managed to catch up to today’s prompt! (Let’s face it, we’re only 4 days in, you guys!) 

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As I have said before, I am getting started on this skill, so please excuse any messiness you see on my sketchbook! I hope you will also join in on the fun and excitement of practicing lettering daily and truly “meeting yourself” throughout this month! Post your progress on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #BetterLetteringCourse and #MeetYourselfMarch, that way the author of this challenge will also see your progress! Happy lettering ๐Ÿ™‚

A starting point

Hello everyone! Welcome to Adventures of Hand-Lettering. The focus of this blog is to document my journey in becoming a better hand-lettering artist.

Before I start posting pictures and such, I’ll tell you a smidge on how it all started. It began with Instagram. At first, I only saw a couple of posts of hand-lettered words or phrases. Soon after, it was all over my feed… mostly because I was following people with the talent of lettering! From the first moment I saw these beautifully created works of art, I could bare it no longer. I just felt this impulse to try it out! So I did.. And it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I gave myself a little pep talk and said, if I’m going to be better at this, then I need to invest time and in some cases, money. After watching countless how-to videos, hours of sketching/practice and enrolling in online hand-lettering courses, I finally saw improvement! (YAY!)

So here I am, about 5 months into my journey, and I know it’ll get better from here! I try to practice daily. Even if I don’t have time, I squeeze in some doodles on my papers at school or work. *DISCLAIMER: I am not, in any way, a professional, teacher, etc. in lettering or calligraphy. Just an individual who wants to pick up a new skill! ๐Ÿ™‚

Either way, I make time for this, because it is a hobby that I hope will turn into a business some day! (Slow down, Jess!) Anywho, to all you aspiring hand-letterers out there, pick up a pencil, some paper and let’s do this together!