I’ve mentioned in a prior post that I have been interested in lettering and I’ve taken the leap in purchasing some supplies and doing some practice sheets!
I wanted to challenge myself to doing a bit of practice each day, whether it’s a few minutes to do just one practice sheet or reviewing the previous sheets.
Below are pictures of this previous week from Monday, May 1st to Saturday, May 6th.
It has been SO fun!
What I ended up doing was printing off all the practice sheets I was interested in. What I’ve read in various posts is that the quality and type of paper you use with the Tombow Dual Brush pens definitely matters (in terms of end product and then preserving your brush tips!). I purchased Canson Marker paper, which is transparent enough to lay over the printed sheets, as if I’m using it like tracing paper. I used a ruler and a pen to create guide lines, like looseleaf paper (it made me nostalgic for the good old school days) I used the free printable from Tombow (click here). With these lined sheets, I would lay over the practice sheets to be able to trace and practice my muscle memory. For the most part, I would faithfully trace them but then I would try to wing it by free handing.
These free printables (Check out Dawn’s page here) have been a lot of fun and have been helpful resources. To be honest, as much as I am enjoying the guided practice, I also am open minded to the idea that I will eventually develop my own style and look of lettering. I found myself getting impatient and frustrated I couldn’t perfect a certain letter (for instance, the letter F). So, I had to remind myself to chill out and just have fun. That took a lot of pressure off and in turn, helped silence my inner critic. When I let that inner critic and perfectionist get the best of me, I give up on an endeavor because I get frustrated my end product may not be perfect. I don’t want to give this up because of how fun and challenging it’s been for me to do so far.
I’ll keep you posted on the rest of my progress!