So almost half a year after murdering my last camera by taking it on a desert trip, I finally acquired a new one. Time to record the new hand lettering that’s happened since then! No progress pictures, of course – just the random pieces scattered around my room.
I firmly and truly believe that practice makes perfect.
I am also horribly, horribly bad at practicing anything. Ever.
It has to be fun while I’m doing it, or the lizard brain says “um, no” and turns off all concentration. It’s a very unobtrusive button, and I usually don’t notice until I look up from my book and suddenly realize it’s three hours and four hundred pages later and what happened to music practice today?
4th of July is a Big Day here where I am, although I’m convinced it’s less patriotism and more partying + licensed pyromania!
I got off work just in time to go watch the parade, and the Independence Day parade is not something to be taken lightly.
The pictures + explanations part of this post has been all drafted and sitting around for days now, while I tried to figure out something clever, or moving, or funny, to preface it with. Something about anniversaries, or marriage, or parents.
Everything came out too dramatic, or too silly, or just… not right. So here’s the simple, straight forward version of what I’ve been trying and trying to say.
I’ve always admired calligraphy. It’s so elegant and pretty. It’s also rather intimidating to get into, since you need special pens, good handwriting, and lots of practice. One thing I’ve experimented with is faux calligraphy, which can be done with a normal pen or pencil; today, I moved onto the next step up: brush pen lettering.
The constant question: use one of the three-million-and-one cards I’ve collected, or make my own? For everyday mail, the question usually comes down to how inspired I am in the moment. After all, the collection of eccentric and/or fun stationary deserves some use too. But birthday cards make that question easy. Time to draw, of course! The first draft:
Happy mother’s day to all you amazing moms out there!
And here’s a picture of the complete gift that was waiting on the table for my own awesome mother this morning… and a sneak peak of the next upcoming post! Next post we’ll look at the whole, unpacked, basket of crochet, plus links to a whole bunch of free patterns I used that’ll work up in a day or less.