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One of the things that I have noticed about motherhood is that a lot of times, the things we love to do take a backseat, and sometimes they stay there forever. One of the only things that remained at the forefront for me after becoming a mom was writing, but the rest sort of faded and I figured I’d get back to them when the girls were older. So when I think of something I’d really like to learn, it’s like second nature for my next thought to be: “when the girls are grown”.
I decided that this year I’ll stop putting a pin in these kinds of things. It’s easy to lose your individuality when you become a parent, and I would like to get back on the path of being Ashley as well as mom.
Being a blogger, fonts and handwriting are a big deal. They add to images, they add character to websites and more. Hand lettering is something I have admired for years and years. I will get lost in how-to videos and find it so pretty and it looks relaxing! So I thought, why not? I’m going to learn to hand letter!
This hobby got me for a couple reasons. The first being that it’s pretty and markers are fun and secondly because I thought practicing something fine motor like this would improve the weakness and shaking in my hands from my tremor. I thought maybe with enough practice I could gain more control over my movements, or slow down the progression of my tremor to a more manageable level.
So in my quest, I sort of came up with some resources that I figured would be helpful for any of my readers who are interested in learning hand lettering as well!
Of course, you need something to letter with and I found that these Tombow Brush Pens are pretty consistently used. They have dual tips so you have a brush tipped end and another more stiff marker-like tip. I have been practicing with the more stiff end because I lack control in my hands but the brush tip glides easily and the markers are super pigmented.
In addition to scouring websites for how-to posts and videos, I also went on Amazon and grabbed this beginners book. I have been making copies of the pages and writing on those, that way I can use the book itself when I am more controlled and not so ‘second grader learning cursive’ chic.
One other resource I love and subscribe to is Dawn Nicole Designs. Dawn has literally every resource you could ever want or need on her site! It’s a great place to start if this is a hobby you are interested in pursuing. Plus, her Instagram is gorgeous!
I’ve enjoyed picking up hand lettering and look forward to hopefully one day making all of the cute greeting cards and prints!
What about you? Is there something you’ve been wanting to learn to do? Are you experienced in Hand Lettering?