While I’ve always been creative, I’ve never been good at art. At school it was one of my least favourite subjects, and aside from a drawing of a converse trainer that I spent hours over in my teens, it’s not something that I’ve been particularly interested in.
Creatively, I tend to favour a pair of knitting needles or a sewing machine over a pen and paper, but I’ve been feeling like I need more of an outlet, and ink seems to be where it’s at.
It might have something to do with the bullet journal inspiration I see on my Instagram and Pinterest feeds, and it’s definitely been helped by Amy’s foray into calligraphy signage, which I assisted with back in the summer. Whatever the motive, my mind’s telling me it wants to write and draw, and I’m here for it.
As is typical with any new year, I wanted to start mine with some fresh paper. I’ve purchased a dotted notebook for my bullet journal (which I might share more about some other time), a lined notebook to house my general thoughts and musings, and a plain page sketchbook to get creative in.
I don’t know anything about calligraphy, aside from what I can make out by staring at other people’s work, and what Amy told me about ‘downward’ strokes being heavier, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway, and see how I got on.
To be honest, I’m pretty pleased with my first efforts. I whipped up this happy new year message, labelled my sister’s birthday gift and headed up my index in the most fancy way, and I’m feeling pretty proud.
This is something that I’m planning to practice, and I definitely need to work on my central alignment, so I’ll be getting out my pens on the regular to see if I can develop some skill.
I’m also planning to look for an online course or video tutorials, so I can learn the techniques instead of just playing it all by ear. I had a good, albeit short, run with Skillshare last year, so I think that may be my first port-of-call.
Do you know any calligraphers I should be following? Have you tried it out yourself? Got any tips? I’d love to know, if you want to drop me a comment and start a conversation!