In the last two or three weeks, I’ve been playing around with hand lettering. I mean, it’s all the rage, right? It’s everywhere you look and it’s only gaining popularity along with typography. Most artsy-craftsy fads come and go and by the time they’ve run their course, we’re sick and tired of it (puff-painted sweatshirts, anyone?). Good riddance, right?!
However, I feel like hand lettering is an art that deserves all the time it can get. It’s one that has been around for ages. We’ve all become so used to the convenience and pixel-perfect products that are spit out of printers that we tend to forget what a beautiful, lost art hand lettering is. I’m so glad to see people everywhere taking interest in it. I know I’ve really enjoyed spending time playing around with it.
(Come on, you know you love Napoleon, too.)
In fact, out of my ridiculous number of hobbies, it’s without a doubt the most relaxing one I’ve ever had. I can get lost in it and really enjoy it without a lot of prep work. I can sit at the dining table and carry on a conversation with the kids as I work (can’t say that for a lot of hobbies I have), with the added benefit that the kids never fail to grab pencil and paper and start lettering on their own.
(This says “Love for birth”. No idea where she came up with that, so I asked and she just said she thought it was nice.)
Here’s my first try:
I was so eager to try that I couldn’t wait another 24 hours for the delivery of the supplies I had ordered based on these recommendations. I grabbed a plain ol’ mechanical pencil along with a sheet of paper from the printer and I gave it a go. Not so hot! I was really stressing over it (because I’m neurotic as hell–not really but yeah–and have a tendency to stress over the strangest stuff) and unsteady hands just couldn’t make it happen.
The next day I yanked the package from the delivery driver’s hands with rabid-animal intensity just knowing I was about to turn out some seriously beautiful and perfect hand lettered brilliance (Mmhmm. Right.)
Nerves. Shaky hands. Why do I get all antsy in the pantsy when I start something new? I mean, SHEESH, it’s pencil and paper. I can erase. I have more paper. BUT. Then there’s pens. OMGWHATIFIMESSUP? Deep breath. It’s only pens, pencil, and paper. Time to relax and have fun. No need to be perfect. If I wanted perfection, I’ve got Photoshop and a laser printer, right?! That’s the whole freaking point of this! Chill, Abbie, chill.
I drew off some guidelines, looked at fonts online and in books, and started to play.
Once I let go of the idea of achieving perfection (or that I will ever have steady hands), I really got into it. I remind myself that it’s just for fun and no hand lettering police will come beating down my door. So yeah. I LOVE THIS STUFF. I want to do it all day every day, but I wait for that glorious time right after the kids are in bed. That’s my play time.
As I’ve shared pictures of my practice lettering lately, I’ve had people tell me that they’re tempted to give hand lettering a shot. So I said to my self, “Self, why don’t we do a little giveaway and let somebody else venture out into the world of lettering along with us?”
So,whether you’re a total newbie like me or an old pro that would like a few new supplies, this giveaway is for you. My crafty friends, nerdy-techy-typograhy friends, artists…any and all of you anywhere. It’s for you.
The lucky winner will receive the following:
- Set of 6 black Micron pens (005, 01, 02, 03, 05, 08)
- Staedtler Mechanical Pencil Set (2mm)
- C-Thru French Plastic Curve Set
- The book “Script and Cursive Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts” (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
- Pad of watercolor paper (6″x8″, 12 sheets)
To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what your first hand lettering project will be.
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**Contest ends 10-17-13 at midnight CST. Entries made after that time will be disqualified. A winner will be chosen randomly on 10-18-13.**
(This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone. I just felt like sharing some goodies.)