Recently I discovered a great website called Skillshare. As the name suggests, it’s a place where someone with a sweet skill can sign up to share it with other people. And most of the classes only cost around $20, so it’s a steal!
Of course the class that caught my eye was one on modern calligraphy. I’ve ALWAYS loved hand-written letters. I remember asking for a calligraphy set when I was in elementary school, and adding all kinds of cheesey block letters to my middle school scrapbooks. But I’ve never really worked at learning the art for real. So now is the time!
The instructor starts by having you fill several pages with the basic shapes that you’ll use in letters. It was so helpful to have someone tell me to start this way because this is what I would skip if I were trying to teach myself. It helped me get a feel for the pen and how the ink flows, and to work at keeping consistency in the line weights and spacing.
But then you get to move on to letters! The instructor gives you a sheet of letters to trace and learn the movements. It’s really helpful to practice the alphabet that way, and it’s quite a confidence boost to pull out the guide and see those beauties on your page.
I’ve only learned lowercase letters so far but decided to practice by copying Sunday’s reading. Was going pretty well until God started sawing everyone… oops.
I’m having a blast learning! Usually I’m all about starting and finishing a project in a day or two. But it’s really great to have something to pick up and practice here and there throughout the week.
This one is called The Art of Modern Calligraphy, but there are lots of classes that look like fun if lettering isn’t your thing.