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Lettering is still trending, but it’s one creative pursuit I’ve avoided until now. When I was about eleven or twelve, I started doing calligraphy. Someone had gifted me a calligraphy kit and I became obsessed. I can still see the kit. It had brush markers and some practice worksheets. I remember spending hours at my little desk in my room, carefully practicing my calligraphy. I remember making place cards and occasionally addressing envelopes to my pen pals. Then puberty hit and it was way more important to go to school dances and obsess about boys, and my calligraphy was pushed to the back of the drawer. Eventually it was thrown away. I think about that kit every time I see a lettering tutorial online. I wonder how good I would be at the lettering trend if I had kept up my practice all these years?
I’ve actually avoided the lettering trend up until now, which is surprising considering my past but I think that’s the very reason I do avoid it. I’ve written about my crafty childhood before and most of you know the story of my mean high school teacher who told me I had no talent which led to the abandonment of my dreams to be a fashion designer. I have also told you about my artistic recovery via the book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. But, I believe, there are still some little pieces that need to be healed. Some part of me still feels a little injured and upset about my decision to turn away from creativity for so many years. I think that’s the reason I avoid the lettering trend, because it hurts a bit too much to think of my twelve year old self who was so happy creating. It hurts to think that I abandoned her, that I let her down, that I spent too many years focusing on a career that sucked out my soul when I could have been doing the things I loved like embroidering, crafting, drawing, and even lettering.
But the good news is I did return to all those things and so I let that little girl out to try her hand at calligraphy again. I don’t think lettering is something I’ll pursue regularly, but I will continue to play with it and in doing so, will fondly remember my calligraphy kit and what it felt like to create with wild abandon.
Here’s my video about adding drop shadows to lettering. It makes beginner lettering attempts look professional. Trust me, I would know!
P.S. If you really don’t want to try the lettering trend, check-out my post about my “cheat” version of hand lettering.