Last year I decided to start keeping a Bullet Journal which was one of my resolutions for 2017 actually it was quite successful and I have just started my new bullet journal for this year. =)
My nan got me an A5 dotted Leuchtturm1917 journal in Azure for my Christmas present this year and I am loving it so far =)
But I really am not a big fan of how my handwriting looks when I try and do fancy headers or big text. For the everyday writing it looks okay (most of the time) but I’d really like to be able to do some more fancy lettering. This was something that I had talked a bit about last year and so another of my Christmas presents was some Calligraphy supplies, including a book and a starter Calligraphy and inks sets =)
I am super excited to get started trying some of those out, although I will have to wait a little while as it was left behind to save space in my car coming back from Christmas, so I don’t have it with me at the moment. =(
In the meantime I am planning on getting started with some hand-lettering using normal pens and brush pens.
I have just purchased a few supplies for this, a Pentel touch brush pen and a Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen. I found these recommended as beginner pens on a Youtube channel and from my initial use I think they will be quite good to learn how to do some hand lettering.
I have also decided that I will use the Elephant book that I was gifted in my Stitchingsanta to practice my lettering in as it is portable so can go with my journal and has pretty good quality paper in it.
So what exactly am I going to do with this challenge?
Well from a bit of Youtube watching it seems like the best way to get started with lettering is just do practice anything, whether it’s doing some drills to practice the different shapes used in lettering or writing out words or phrases, just getting writing is the key.
So I want to try and get some form of hand-lettering done everyday for at least 30 days.
Now I hope I will be able to accomplish this… I know there are a few days where I will be busy all day so I might have to do two sessions on the previous or next day, but otherwise I will try to take 10-15mins minimum to do a bit of lettering. I will also try to post up photos of it on Instagram with a follow up post at the end of the challenge – so follow me (knightcrafts) on there if you haven’t already =)
What will I do for the practice?
So there are lots of different drills and types of writing that are out there… soooo many in fact. I am going to try and find some practice sheets with different shapes and movements as training my hand to do the movements will be important. I will also try faux calligraphy which uses normal pens and colours in the down strokes (this is useful to learn which parts of the letters are the down and up strokes). I also want to try writing out a few nice quotes or sentences to try practicing words and more showy writing styles.
If I actually enjoy this and improve I hope to be able to use hand-lettering in my bullet journal for nice headers and page spreads as you see all over instagram. I definitely need to remember not to compare myself to the photos on the internet though otherwise I will never get anywhere.
Has anyone else tried out hand-lettering? Any advice from your experience?