How are you? It's almost 2 am as I write this and I have so much to tell you - I don't know where to start! Get comfy 'cause this might take a while. First things first, so we know we have our priorities in order....let me tell you about my new favorite snack in all of LIFE.
First you take a bowl of these....
Now, I'm so excited to tell you about my new obsession - hand lettering! Yes, this is a strange obsession for a girl who has never written on or in a scrapbook. But a little known fact about me is that I have always been obsessed with handwriting.
I remember sitting in fifth grade, in "the Pod" (an area of my elementary school that was strangely named), in Mrs. Shedden's Math class, watching my friend, Vanessa, write her schoolwork. I was obsessed with her handwriting. Mine was very classic cursive, like the teacher taught us and hers was very fast and instead of dotting her i's, she made a slash! How fun. That was the beginning of the end for my good handwriting because from then on, I had a handwriting identity crisis. I watched her write until I could write just like her! I can still see myself, in my mind's eye, watching her. I wrote like that for a while until I found someone else who had handwriting I liked more and then I would copy theirs.
I could write like my cousin Gina, my sister, my mom, my dad and all my friends! In fact, when I think of each of those people, I can see their handwriting in my head now. Here's an example of all the ways I frequently write, even now....
All through school I wavered between writing styles until I arrived at a handwriting so ridiculous my boss once told me I had better learn to write better or else! My wedding gift list is written in this writing so bizarre, I can't even share it here. Through the years, I wrote more legibly but when I write quickly, I find it very hard to be consistent. That inconsistency is what kept me from writing on my layouts.
A couple of years ago, I discovered an artist named Lori Vliegen and her blog/work. I'm trying to put into words how it made me feel but there are almost no words. I love and adore her writing and her drawing and painting. Here's a favorite piece from one of her many art journals...
Letter Lab" so I immediately was interested in taking it but I just never got around to it.
I also love Susan Branch and Mary Englebreit who both incorporate their handwriting into their artwork. I have collected their work for years and been inspired by it but I could never draw so it felt out of my reach.
In the past few years, I've often sat at my desk and with different markers tried out a variety of handwriting styles. One of my favorite phrases to practice is "warm winter wishes." One time Caroline came up to me and said, "Did you write that? I didn't know you could do that!" I would just would doodle and play but nothing came of it.
Inspired by the fact that this week, Tiffany and I are taping a show about Art Journaling, I decided to see if I could figure out Lori's style of hand lettering on my own and make my art journaling something like hers. (I still intend to take her class.) I own lots of markers so first, I tried a brush marker and I like it but not as much as Lori's. I've seen Kristina Werner use a brush marker and it is wonderful but I can't get control of the pressure like she does. Still, I have experimented adding detail with the finer tip and kind of like it...
this is a messy practice sheet - I like the kindness except for that e
Then I tried writing in pencil, tracing with a pen like she does and then filling in the space like she does...it came out very similar to a word of hers I was copying. Here's the word "mom" and at the top, I copied her style of writing the word and then filling in parts....
I am truly more excited about this than anything I have tried in a long time. I'm still not thrilled with my regular writing but I have been practicing my perfect cursive and it seems to be making my everyday writing better too!
Let's see, I still want to tell you about my creative field trip to Hobby Lobby, my themed embellishments a-ha moment and something else but it will all have to wait. This has taxed my brain overmuch and I just finished working 13 hours at the office!
Be back Friday with more exciting news so see ya then my friend! Stay cool!