Lettering as Creative Practice 

Lettering is art. Art is what your personally bring to hand lettering and much more. I like hand lettering because it’s a practice I can do anytime anywhere with a few or many writing instruments. As a word person, lettering helps me express ideas, faith, and encouragement. 

I’ve not been lettering for long, but I enjoy it. Hand lettering is simply making your words look artsy. There are many techniques to follow and practice for precision. When I first started lettering my focus was on the up strokes and the down strokes. It was a challenge for me to create entire layouts, but I secretly kept at the practice. Much of it was hit and miss with a whole lot of miss, but I kept showing up. It’s how I got better. The more I’ve practiced the form, the more improvement I’ve seen in my work. 

Three styles are what I’ve been into lately: dual brush pen lettering, brush lettering with thin tipped art brushes, and aquash brush lettering. I think I like these most because they are forgiving and about more fluid movement. These are my favorites to practice, and I use them to write  affirmations, bible verses, and quotes. I like to have words around me that speak life and hope. It’s even better when those words are beautifully made. 

I letter to remember important things. I letter to remind myself of truth. I letter to make art and gifts for others. And lastly I letter just to letter; it’s a form of stress relief and easing into leisure time. That’s the thing about a creative practice: it’s time you can make room for reflection, quiet, processing, prayer, rest, and renewal. Something of the process slows you down and helps you recall the more important things. At least it is that way for me. 

I encourage you to try it. I learned by finding some people on Instagram, watching YouTube tutorials, and books on lettering. You get better by doing. So try it, and see what you like. Perhaps you’ll discover your signature style and a way to communicate who you are and what you’re about. 

Are you into lettering or typography? Tell me about it. I’d love to hear your stories. 

In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.

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