Really Kim? This is making you cry?
It was day 2 of my pledge to practice lettering every day for 15 minutes a day.
It seemed like an excellent plan.
Til I began…
I’d just installed the letter builder tool from Design Cuts.
I’ve scrolled past it so many times. But after watching Stefan Kunz do a LIVE lettering training for Design Cuts I was hooked.
He and Ian Barnard (also amazing) offer 2 tools for letterers. The letter and grid builder.
Stick with me… this will make more sense… soon.
Anyhow this morning I googled how to use the letter builder tutorial.
I watched Stefan’s step by step and it seemed doable to me. (almost easy).
Til I began. It was like I’d forgotten how to form letters at all.
It was awful.
Before I knew it… there were tears.
Check it out. No judgment please. : )
I was so caught up in the discomfort of new I didn’t even notice the letter builder wasn’t aligned. (which is practically automatic.)
‘Really, this is making you cry?’
Awe, I remember this.
What it feels like to learn something new. It’s HARD.
It’s easy to do the things you’re good at.
The night before last I watched Peggy Deans’s fundamentals of lettering class as well. (that’s how my renewed lettering commitment began)
Peggy stressed how important regular lettering practice is.
Every time I’ve attempted to learn hand-lettering I’ve skipped the basic practice moving straight to attempting to write pretty quotes.
I completely skipped the basics.
What’s even more bizarre about my feeble attempt today is as far as handwriting goes… I’m pretty good?!!!?
The tears cleared. (possibly after I whined to John about ‘all the hard things’ in my life. lol)
I won’t blame you if you’re thinking this is what you’re crying about?
I know there are so many bigger things in our world and lives to be stressed and sad about.
But, if I’m honest…
It wasn’t my bad lettering that made me cry. It was bigger than that.
Lack of sleep, life… Personal stuff.
You know…. how it goes.
So my lovely, permission to cry as you pick something and suck too. It’s ok. Tears actually feel pretty good.
But, I promise your brain/my brain wants nothing to do with sucking at all. It’d much rather we stick with what we’re best at and that’s that.
And so today…
I invite you to pick something to suck at too….and join me as we fumble along.
If lettering is something you’d like to explore… Check out the FREE trainings from this week’s Design Cuts birthday celebration.
So many amazing sessions and deals to be had.
Another one I loved was on the fundamentals of typography by Chris Do. Amazing.
Note: full disclosure all links in this post are my Design Cuts partner links. If you purchased from the site I will receive a commission. thank you for your support.
OH and … how ’bout this gorgeous merino wool magic sleeve. There are magnets all around the edge … keeping my iPad safe and sound in such a beautiful case. ♡
Over to You
Thanks for stopping by, my lovely.
What might you like to get better at? Are you willing to suck first?
with love & gratitude.
need a little boost? check out one of my earlier ‘styled’ stills… (which at the time I was rather proud of).
it’s amazing how we grow as we go.