Day 119 – Calligraphy

Before the shops started shutting and we had to stay home, I discovered a great shop in Frankfurt called Søstrene Grene. They sell all sorts of lovely stuff for the home, as well as a large amount of crafting stuff: the products have an eco-friendly focus, and everything is at a great “cheaper than I thought” price. For example, I bought the set of watercolour paints that I used for the Bob Ross tutorial, for only €4.50 and on my last trip to the city, I picked up some metallic brush pens for around €1.50 each. I was a bit unsure of what to use them for at first, but when I discovered a Modern Calligraphy course on Udemy for under €10, all the pieces fit together.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so it felt like there would be a bit of a steep learning curve, but actually, the class is designed in a way where you learned all the basic strokes first and used them to write the lowercase alphabet. There was a lot of practising, but it was a really meditative activity: you purposefully have to go slow, switching between a very light touch and a much firmer one depending on the style of the character. It was definitely not something to rush through.

I have pages and pages that look like this. I can see the beginning of a, b, c, d, and e there.

Because this was such a slow and purposeful activity, I didn’t manage to complete the course (yet!), but I did manage to learn how to write the lowercase alphabet and join the letters together.

My name had to be the first thing I tried!

I was so happy with how this turned out – before starting the course I would never have imagined I could write anything like that, but now there’s no stopping me! It was so creatively satisfying, and I really impressed myself by doing it, I also think this could be a great skill to use when making birthday or Christmas cards. I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the course and write some more, I just hope I don’t run out of ink!

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