calligraphy practice

Tips for More Calligraphy Practice

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When it comes to practice, if you wait for an expanse of time free of interruptions, it’s likely that it won’t happen very often. There are a million other things that can come in the way, and I’m sure you can think of a few right off the bat. But, if you’re like me and you wonder how you’ve managed to spend way too much time scrolling mindlessly on social media or perusing that new app you downloaded, you’ll quickly realize those little bits of time really add up.

What if you take those extra minutes and do something else? You might not have three hours, but you might have ten minutes. If you head a few posts back, I talk about this, and it’s really a shift in mindset. Because it begs the question, what are you doing with those in-between bits of time? What about ten or fifteen minutes after dinner or before you start your day or while you’re waiting on someone? Because the key to improvement is practice, and the key to practice is often as simple as starting. It doesn’t have to be perfect practice, or every-single-day practice, or even long stretches of practice. It’s simply putting pen to paper and making those shapes.

I want to help you make that happen. I’m excited to be sending over some tips, resources, words and phrases to practice over the coming weeks for #20calligraphyminutes. Ready to join in? Sign up to receive the emails as they’re sent out. I’d love to help you make time for some creativity in your life!

(Pictured is a snippet of my #20calligraphyminutes, writing out a favorite Mary Oliver poem, Wild Geese.)

Get Your Calligraphy Pen and Write Words You Love!

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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).

Happy writing!

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