Guys, I’ve been working on getting this started for a really long time, but at first I didn’t know how to present it and then after that I didn’t know how to start the topics. But never fear! I figured it out and I’m challenging everyone who wants to get better at hand lettering to do this challenge with me!
Let me tell you something. The way to get better is to stop looking and comparing yourself to others and to JUST DO IT. And I know I sound like a nike ad but it’s true. Do you want to know how I got really good at lettering? I did it. Like all the time. I have filled up so many sketch books with lettering practice, most of my iPad is full of lettering. It’s something that I just love doing.
Now, if you feel like you’re stuck — I get that. Or if you feel like you want more direction, that’s cool too. I do have a lettering e-course that will take you through all of the basics of brush lettering and faux calligraphy. It covers the basics, has two projects, and you even have me as an instructor to guide you the whole way through.
Check out my Beginner Hand Lettering E-course Here.
Okay with that out of the way, let’s talk about this 30-day challenge business.
15 Quotes, 30 Days Lettering Challenge
So my favorite way to practice lettering has always been and probably will always be quotes. I love quotes because it’s not just writing words or drills but it’s actually putting in some real hours of making finished products that you can show your friends.
I’m not about just “practicing” and having nothing to show for it! Girl (or boy), please.
How do I start the lettering Challenge?
Easy, you just download, print, take a picture of the 15 quotes and get to lettering. It’s one every other day so you’ve got two days to finish it. I know how crazy it can be to try to keep up with 30 days of random words, but 15 days of quotes? You can find ten minutes over the course of two days to practice. I promise.
I’m a complete newbie and I don’t know what tools to use!
Hey, common problem. I’ll be honest. My favorite beginner tools were crayola markers. I know, right? Super simple. You can seriously get a good amount of variation in line quality, too! Some of my other favorite tools for brush lettering are tombow dual brush markers and copic markers. For faux calligraphy, you can use any pen, but I’ve been using Faber-Castell lately.
I don’t feel comfortable trying to do it all alone, do you have practice pages?
Actually, yes! I absolutely do! So here’s the deal. You can get my whole 15-quote pack right here. Or if you want to take a chance and at least try on your own, I will post one practice page every Tuesday on the blog so check back here for that.
I am not ready to pay for a whole course, but I still want a little direction.
Look, I got you. Not only am I going to post one practice page every Tuesday, if you check out my Youtube, you can work along with me, real time, to get a feel for how I practice. That I’ll link on the post or you can check out my Youtube channel and follow me there.
I want to see what other people come up with, too!
If you want to join my lettering community and see my practice as well as how others are coming along, you should join my Letter Forever Facebook group. I’d love to have you be a part of my lettering journey and I’d love to be a part of yours, too!
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Here they are in plain text:
2. Nature is the art of god – Dante Alghieri
4. In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing. – Seneca
6. The poetry of earth is never dead. – John Keats
8. Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder. – Ansel Adams
12. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tzu
14. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives – Annie Dillard
16. Let the rain kiss you. – Langston Hughes
18. The beauty of the natural world lies in the details. – Natalie Angier
20. There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. – Willa Cather
22. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. – G.K. Chesterton
24. The earth has music for those who listen.
26. If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. – Vincent Van Gogh
28. Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own. – Charles Dickens
30. We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts. – William Hazlett