Have you ever drooled over beautiful calligraphy invitations or binge watched brush lettering videos?
I'm as guilty as it gets, and Pinterest is my witness, I've spent hours looking at those gentle little pieces of paper with adorable calligraphy on them (you know the dreamy ones, with all the ribbons and leaves around them).
This year I decided it's time to take action – it's time to learn calligraphy one stroke at a time!
Let's see what happened..
It was Christmas 2015 and I was looking for a gift for myself.
Yes, I know this sounds very selfish (or does it?) but I like to treat myself to things I consider "too good to be true" every now and then.
This is what Quill London is - too good to be true.
Neatly situated at a pretty crafty street near the Angel tube station, Quill London is a tiny, white space filled with positive energy, smiling people, inks and all things paper.
I arrived early, took a long stroll around the neighbourhood and made a friend in a little park.
Magic was about to happen.
I've tried calligraphy before, but learning the ABC was very helpful – it gave me a stepping stone and I knew where to go from there. The learning materials were beautifully arranged and practicing was super fun.
After the workshop, I felt I was ready to start my own calligraphy practice.
Why learn calligraphy?
Why would you ever need a reason to start doing something that nourishes your soul?
If you really want to dabble into calligraphy, you don't need a reason or a permission - go do it!
But in case you insist – here are three reasons why you should practice calligraphy:
If you love to work with your hands as much as I do, you'll find the practice very therapeutic. Focusing on repetitive, very detailed actions is one of the best forms of meditations for me.
it's relatively Easy to learn
If you need an artistic expression or some sort of creative output, calligraphy is a great choice. Unlike painting or music, handwriting is something you have in your muscle memory already. This means you can start learning and mastering the instrument right away and skip the total beginner basics.
Well, it's not a survival skill, but it's something you can use to make your everyday life more beautiful. From making your own jam jar labels to designing your own party invitations – the sky's your limit.
Learning calligraphy one stroke at a time
So, let's see how you can learn calligraphy.
First thing first – check locally.
Perhaps there is a course going on near you. Or maybe a calligraphy club? Ask around to see what's out there.
You prefer to learn at home?
No problem – there are plenty of great courses and books out there. These are just some of them.
This is how I started my calligraphy journey a couple of years ago. My personal favourite are The Postman's Knock manuals - they are detailed and very easy to follow, but if you prefer video lessons, there are some of those here, too.
There are many books you can choose from, but these are the two I've got right after my Quill London Calligraphy Workshop. It so happens that a week later I got a mail from Quill London and they were recommending those two very same books! So I guess, they really cover most of the learning journey.
practice practice practice
OK, you've picked your courses and books and you are ready to start.
Make a habit tracker and practice every day.
It's better to do it every day for 15 min than once a week for 2 hours. You get tired, your focus and your muscles need a routine, not a marathon one week after starting your practice.
Make sure you have a goal.
Do you want your monthly planner to have a new look? Or do you want to incorporate calligraphy in your next design project? Have a project in mind – when learning to knit, you want to make a scarf in the end, not just knit aimlessly.
Write quotes and share them with the world. Work on the same quote for a week and see how your style change. Don't throw away your practice sheets right away – date them and use them to track your progress.
HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED OF LEARNING CALLIGRAPHY?
That was it! I will be sharing my progress on Instagram, so follow my calligraphy journey there.
Do you have a favourite book or a course? Do you have your own calligraphy practice?
Please share your story in the comments below!
Thank you for reading and spreading the love, dearest!