I’m one of those people who has to write things down by hand, let it be to-do lists, ideas or quotes. I always have a notebook and a pen with me wherever I go because I feel like once I write things down on a paper I somehow free my mind from overthinking. But that’s not the point…
In school, I’ve always been told I have a nice handwriting yet I never paid too much attention to it. However, now that I think about it, I do remember classmates asking me to write a greeting on the card instead of them. I also remember participating in handwriting competitions a couple of times. And not to be boasting or anything, I did manage to get an honorable place each time.
Over the years my handwriting has changed and now it’s far from looking as neat as it used to. And to be honest, for the longest time, I didn’t care much about my handwriting at all. However, a couple of months back I was painting watercolor cards for Christmas and on each of them I decided to write happy holidays. Even though I believed my handwriting wasn’t that bad, I felt like handwritten text on the card was somehow spoiling the whole thing. But holidays were slowly approaching and I really didn’t have time to try improving my handwriting if I wanted the cards to reach my friends on time. So I left it as it was.
I started researching the ways how one can perfect their handwriting once the holiday buzz was over. Along the way, I stumbled upon numerous videos about brush lettering, faux calligraphy, and traditional point pen calligraphy. I was mesmerized by the latter the most and thought to myself: “This is it, I’m going to learn calligraphy!”
It didn’t take me long to put my thoughts into actions. The same week I ended up signing up for Introduction to Modern Script Calligraphy course online. Taking my very first classes, I felt slightly overwhelmed with all the new information coming my way. Nibs, nib holders, and inks, all of it was and still is a new world to me. New yet very exciting world!
Just like with every other new skill you try to acquire, you need to practice day by day to be able to see the first results. So every other day I try to sit down at my desk to fill a piece of paper with lines of letters. One at the time, then combinations of two and finally – words.
It’s been only a couple of weeks since I first dipped my toes into pen calligraphy but I can already say that I really like it. I must admit that I don’t spend that much time practicing as I’d like to but as long as I’m moving forward I’m happy.
Calligraphy requires a lot of concentration, especially at first, when you need to be mindful of every single stroke you make. For that reason, practicing may sometimes feel more like a chore. It can also put your patience and confidence to test. But in the end, it’s all worth it. Even after only a couple of weeks, I can already tell that my muscle memory is getting better and letters are starting to look a lot neater.
In my last multiple interest post, I wrote about watercolor painting. I must say that I’m painting to this day and if anything, my interest in watercolors is only growing. So who knows how long calligraphy is going to stay.