Do you like spending time with your friends? I personally do. It can be an enriching experience by catching up with life, talking about interests or goals, sharing personal struggles or even seeking comfort and advice. But have you ever given a thought that whom you hang out with the most will influence many areas… without you even realizing it? I was grateful that I had a chance to study and experienced living in a foreign country even though it was for less than a year. I was beyond excited and ready to taste new experiences. It was a pleasant and hopeful start, and full of new dreams, until at one point it became a nightmare that I wish I would not wake up anymore, literally.
It was that morning when I saw my colleague unpacking his package and modern calligraphy books came out from that cardboard box. It said “Modern Calligraphy” on the cover and was written with a set of beautiful, flowy, and thin-to-thick strokes letters. From that day, I was intrigued of the subject and my search of how I could learn that beautiful hand-lettering began.
First I went to the San Francisco Public Library, borrowed a book and also ordered two top-rated/reviewed hand-lettering books on Amazon. When I received the books and started to read, I was more confused than I was before. Most of the books turned out aren’t reaaallllyyyy beginner friendly. Authors tend to lay down tools, few basic strokes, and jump right into the letters. Or they give DIY or craft ideas that we can do with calligraphy. I don’t think this method will be effective enough for me. However, this might work for colleague since he has a background in traditional calligraphy.
Then, I stumbled upon The Happy Ever Crafter and her free workshop on letter drills for a month. She emphasizes over and over again the importance of doing drills for a WHOLE MONTH. At first I was hesitant but I chose to trust her. But hey, it turned out that she is right! I don’t think I will be able to write like in the picture for less than two weeks if she doesn’t encourage all of us to start from doing the drills! 🙂
If you are like me, a beginner, with no background, and want to learn modern calligraphy, check her online class! It is worth it 👍 .
To my colleague, Carlos: Thank you again for inspiring me to do this and gave me constructive feedback on how I can improve ♥️