Hey, friends. I want to inspire you to carve out a little time this weekend to write. It’s still early here on a Saturday morning. It’s going to be warm and sunny. So while it’s still early and my tea is steeping, I’m taking a few minutes to break out my calligraphy pen, Nikko G nib, and ink and get started with some modern calligraphy. And here’s the thing, I think these words from Elizabeth Gilbert are important. If you write words that are meaningful to you, if you write what you really want to say, the process will be much more enjoyable.
It was years ago, in a traditional calligraphy class (I was learning italic at the time) that I first heard this. A beloved calligraphy teacher shared this reminder with the students, and it turns out it’s true. Though I encourage students in my classes to practice a few particular words that are fantastic for beginners, it really is important to move on to words that speak to you. Whether it’s someone else’s or your own, the process will be transformed. You’ll care about what you’re writing.
So, here’s my reminder for you today, for #20calligraphy: write something meaningful to you. Write words you love. Write what you really want to say. Vent or dream or quote or write a letter to your dear grandmama on those pages. Get ink on the page. Don’t worry too much about making everything perfect. It’s a work in process, and that’s the fun (but don’t forget to practice those warm-up drills).