Handlettering

It’s very in these days, handlettering. You can see beautiful designs pop up here and there. I wanted to start with it, last summer. I bought a book, a couple of other supplies, but didn’t really go the whole way.

Meanwhile, it seems like everyone is trying it and doing it. And mostly, everyone seems to be doing it well. Everyone, accept me, it appears.

Did I miss some secret workshop or talent distribution? I often see people’s trials appear on instagram, with a description like ‘ First try so not perfect but I’m still proud!’ And then I think: ‘Huh, first try? Say whaaaat?’

Beautiful examples at:

… and so many more I can’t really remember where! The internet is full of them!

And then there are my attempts… ahem…

 

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practicing the days of the week for my bullet journal…

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Of course I know practice makes perfect. Practice, practice and practice and practice… But I don’t really have an infinite amount of time. Drawing in everything in pencil first can be a help, but sometimes I’m really too impatient or too lazy for that (guilty!). Plus, if you start erasing pencil marks, chances are you’re also erasing some of your pen strokes, I feel.

Some improvement has come of course. But when one’s trials remain silly, one could lose one’s motivation. Sometimes I can produce something acceptable, but I never feel like my compositions are as succesful as some of the examples I find online. Or I have difficulties to find suitable fonts and fun quotes…

I’m fairly happy about the next one, but it’s not really spectacular or amazing.

 

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Ah well, the grass is always greener on the other side I suppose and you always see your own shortcomings in stead of you talents I think..

For those among you who practice handlettering: how do you handle it? Do you have any tips, websites, inspirations for me?

I'd love to hear from you!