Lettering, calligraphy, brush lettering. It seems like it’s everywhere now. What is it about lettering and calligraphy that is so satisfying? I could give dozens of reasons to start learning lettering, and here’s my top 5 reasons to learn lettering now.
I have always loved to write, but I’m not talking about the writing you’re reading on your screen right now. I’m talking about the good ol’ pen to paper kind of writing. It wasn’t until a few years ago I started dabbling in calligraphy and hand-lettering, and quickly found I love it. It relaxes my mind and has become a perfect way for me to get out my thoughts and creativity.
First of all, you gotta understand that lettering and calligraphy are two very different skills. Even though they can both be equally intimidating, it’s all a process of learning lines and curves. Both can be a very rewarding skill that doesn’t even require great penmanship to start! Here’s 5 reasons that lettering should be on your bucket list to learn!
1. Lettering = Relaxation
In a world full of technology there are times that we just want to unplug. Yes, even a techie nerd like me gets tired of being “plugged in” all the time. Do you ever get tired of screens, notifications, and noise? Our days are full of busy – running from one thing to the next, planning for tomorrow, chasing our children.
My mind is constantly in a state of motion and I find it hard to rest and just stop thinking for a moment. Lettering and calligraphy for me is my quiet time. It quiets my minds and my thoughts. No planning the next day, no phone, no computer; just pen and paper and time to create.
2. Lettering is Inexpensive and Easy to Start
You don’t need any special pens or paper to start learning lettering. I’ve used everything from a Sharpie pen to Crayola Markers and plain ol’ printer paper. Fair warning though… if you happen to love it and want to learn more then it can be as expensive as you want.
What should you start with? I have a list of favorite lettering and calligraphy tools that can get you started and well on your way for under twenty bucks. I suggest starting small and see how you like it. Give it some time and don’t give up quickly. Then you can build your toolbox from there.
3. Lettering for Inspiration & Personal Growth
Lettering is all about words, and words can be a very powerful thing. They can be inspiring, encouraging, and convey meaning in a way nothing else can. Have you ever read a quote that had a special meaning to you or that just gave you the “warm fuzzies?” That’s what lettering can do for you when you find a quote you love.
We all want to be good at something. Let me tell ya, even the experts will say their work is not perfect and they are constantly improving. Lettering has so many different styles and tools that there is always room for growth.
I’ve had people ask me,
Do you ever get tired of “writing fancy” all the time?
Uhhh.. not at all! It’s become a huge creative outlet for me. I’ve also had people tell me that I couldn’t write sloppy if I tried. Oh, but I can! Not everyone gets to see this stuff though! You don’t need good handwriting to letter.
4. Learn Lettering to Add Your Personal Touch
When’s the last time you received a hand-written note? I want you to try this. Grab some pen and paper and write a short but heartfelt note to a your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad… whoever. Keep it simple but from the heart. It doesn’t even have to be your best handwriting or fancy at all. Just write it and give it to them or leave it where they will find it, and see how they react.
There’s nothing better than making someone feel great, especially when it’s the people you love the most. Britt has almost every single little hand-lettered note I’ve written for him. He keeps his favorites posted where he can see them everyday. People love the heartfelt personal touch. Try it and you’ll be amazed at the impact it can make.
5. Thousands of Ways to Use Lettering
When I started dabbling in lettering and calligraphy, I quickly found stacks of paper everywhere. I would put everything I created on paper in a folder. It’s a great idea to see how far you’ve come, but there’s plenty of other ways to use lettering and calligraphy. Personalized stationary, handmade birthday decorations, wooden signs, and lettered home decor are all easy ways to fill your home with inspiration and personal style.
The Last Lettered Word…
I learned to write cursive at the age of 5. I was always fascinated by my mother’s beautiful handwriting. As tech savvy as I try to be, I still take notes. I still use a planner, and I still like to write with my “fancy” pens. But I have no special training in calligraphy and have never taken a single class on hand-lettering. It’s all about the practice, and yes you can learn no matter your age!
Want to learn more about lettering or calligraphy? Read on for tips on how to start. I’m not an expert at all. I am just like you. I started with a pen and paper and I’m still learning and growing with it every day. And so can you! Best of all, it doesn’t matter what your handwriting is like. Just start and grow with me! I could use a great “pen pal!”
Have you tried lettering or calligraphy? Are you learning but struggling with the right tools or techniques? Or maybe you just have a favorite quote that you’d like to see hand-lettered. Share it with me in the comments… I read every single one!