I am self-taught, and have been writing in cursive since I was 5 years old. Thank you to my mother who taught me at a young age! While it took time to realize my passion for DIY and lettering, my family and friends encouraged me to use my hand-writing as art to create for others. I am a mother to a little girl with big dreams. I share a home and life with my creative girl, the man of my dreams, his beautiful daughter, and a couple of hyperactive cattle dogs. We live a full and blessed life spending time as a family and creating, whether it’s lettering, designing, or building out our next DIY project.
Many people ask what makes hand lettering so special. Here’s my take on it all:
It’s more than just drawing letters. Technology does a great job of imitating the most perfect hand lettering, but it’s not about creating the perfect script. Think of how many birthday or anniversary cards you have saved in that box over the years. Maybe it’s a box full of letters or notes from a parent, child, or close friend, and they signed each one of those in their own handwriting. Nothing compares to that genuine hand-written note. Each of us have our own signature that makes us unique.
We live in such a fast-paced world where handwriting is seldom used, yet it is the most meaningful way to communicate. To take time to put pen to paper and create something that cannot be deleted with the tap of a button, that is how to leave our legacy. This is why so many of us look to preserve our Grandmother’s recipes, our parent’s love notes, and our children’s works of art. It’s proof that we were here, that we were more than just what we posted on social media. And no matter how good or bad you think your handwriting is, it will always be meaningful to someone for years to come.
So it’s not just about hand-lettering and drawing pretty letters. It’s about creating something that will last beyond your lifetime. It will never fade, crack, or need to be replaced. It will become only better and more meaningful with age. And best of all, anyone can do it. You only need to practice. For me, the beauty of hand-lettering is not to create the perfect drawn piece, but to create the inspiration and memory of a lifetime.