About 5 months ago I got into lettering. I mean WOW some of the things that these ladies and gentleman can do is amazing! And here I thought I was the only one that liked to write in cursive for no reason. I also thought that everyone knew how to do graphic design and maybe I missed out on that class in college. But no these people are so talented in lettering. And I can be too? Let's do this.
So I jumped into the drills. I did them every day until I felt like I was ready to post my work. I never felt ready in all honesty. I just wasn't good enough. So I did little quotes on the Typorama app with a cool picture as the background. After a while of posting and deleting after 5 seconds I went through with my first post (heart pounding) and never looked back. The point was to get that first one out of the way. And no matter how horrible it looked I was proud of my work. It was proof that I had a little bit of creativity in me. I just had to keep it up, practice every day, and feel like I was on the way to being something that I wanted to be.
Thats tough by the way; being something I wanted to be. I'm so good and starting and not finishing. I have no follow through. I didn't have a purpose. Like WHY am I lettering? Is it because I want to get noticed? Is it because I want to be the best? WHY? Took a long time to realize there was no reason. I just really enjoyed the relaxation that came with lettering. That's why I do it. It helps me slow down and concentrate on one thing. I think my only down side is that I concentrate TOO MUCH.
Funny side story. I went to a wine a paint class with a great friend of mine. It was my first time. I was so excited but nervous at the same time because I can't paint. Again, I was telling myself "I can't". I was so worried about not being perfect or good enough that I was concentrating too much. I needed to let go. I needed to relax. The teacher even said to me, "Youre thinking too much. Too serious. Just paint!" I'm sitting there thinking "Well duh! That's what I'm doing!" But I wasn't. I could feel it. I was stiff, trying to make these perfect little lines. Until something just clicked and I let go. This was the result.
That's my friend Crystal and I at the wine and paint event. My painting is on the bottom. It's a rendition of "Starry Night" on the beach. Look at all of my bright colors! My waves! My palm tree! I'm so proud! Who knew that I could do that? All I needed was someone to tell me to stop being so serious and just do it.
I also have have my moments where I feel like I'm not as creative as other people. And it's so funny when they take the time out to say "But you are!" Because yes I am! I just have to give myself more credit.
A couple of months later after starting my lettering journey I'm here, painting at home with my wine for no reason at all. Lettering and posting without fear on Instagram. Starting a collection of @letteringchallenges to keep in one spot because there are so many and I couldn't ever keep track of them. Luckily a lot of people felt the same way! So if it wasn't for lettering I wouldn't have started that IG page or be here with my own little website and blog. It's a hobby I've always wanted to start by the way but never had a purpose. Yes I still have hiccups but that's life, too.
I know for a fact that this is going to be a joyful hobby for me. I have so many ideas to share. All in due time. Until then JUST PAINT, JUST LETTER, JUST GET CREATIVE. Don't worry about not being perfect or not being as good as the gurus. They had to start somewhere too. Anything is possible if you try to improve on it every day. Make yourself a guru by practicing every day.
p.s. Here's my latest painting. The original is up top showing the wine class event that I missed so I decided to just do it at home. The bottom is my rendition. I'm so proud of myself 😄