love for letters
It’s not something I do super often lately, but I have always, always loved hand lettering.
I can trace this interest/hobby back to my earliest days as a young girl, doodling every chance I got. I thoroughly enjoyed art classes in school and found a bit of excitement in Mrs. Winkler’s art assignments in high school. I was the poster-making volunteer in school, at church, and even for the local hardware store. It just became the thing I did.
One of those art assignments from Mrs. Winkler was to come up with a postage stamp design. I don’t recall any other specifics, but I do remember falling in love with the story of Helen Keller and she became my focus for the project. For some reason I hung on to the finished piece all these years. I recently came across this and several other things that I’m sharing today.
There’s no lettering on this next piece, but it was with all the other things I had saved from high school and college. It was another art project – obviously abstract, and clearly, I had a thing for eyes. And leaves. And to this day, I can’t really explain either, except that perhaps I found them easy to draw? It’s just weird enough that I can’t bring myself to even consider hanging this on any wall … anywhere … not even in a closet. Ha! But it is fun to look back and see what I was doing back in the day. And oh, how I loved my Prismacolor pencils.
While in college, I enrolled in a calligraphy class. Love, love, loved that class. Learned a thing or two about hand lettering in a completely different discipline than my teenage doodles. It was hard, actually. Here are some of my finished projects from that class … all with actual calligraphy pens … dipped in ink and all.
Another leaf. There I go again. ; )
Fast forward a few years. At the age of 22, I published my first book – The Art of Creative Lettering. I hand lettered alphabet after alphabet after alphabet and broke them down step-by-step in an effort to teach others how easy lettering could be. I busted out those Prismacolor pencils again for this project. Anyone happen to still have this little gem in your collection of idea books back before blogs and social media were all you needed for inspiration?
One might find an occasional doodle from me while on a focused conference call … or on a letter addressed to a special friend. But really, for the most part it’s a thing of the past for me. And that’s okay. I’ve evolved and I continue to evolve, and hand lettering is something that I now enjoy seeing my own children dabble with. In fact … Claire is just getting started with her very first set of Prismacolor pencils for her art class. I can’t wait to see what she does with them.
After all these years, I do find myself drawn to the alphabet in various creative ways. This was one way that I used a bunch of random letter stickers for display. I made it several years ago.
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