Just as writing can become calligraphy when it’s creatively, skillfully, and consciously performed, so can all other activities become art. In this case, we are reflecting upon life itself as an artistic statement—the art of living.

This blog post is part of my 'master your craft' series where I take time to focus on my creative development. For the month of June I have been spending each day improving my calligraphy handwriting. I love to look back and see all the progress I have made. It goes to show how important it is to practice.

After I got all my supplies most of which I purchased from the expert Calligrapher Laura Hooper and did a little practicing on my own, I then found this great calligraphy course on Modern Calligraphy on Skillshare. I live on Skillshare, it is a great website for creatives to learn something new with instructors who share their tips and even give you a work assignment. Here is an overview of my progress.

Here are some tips I found that helped me improve my calligraphy:

  1. Use tracing paper. It helps get your hands comfortable with the movement, then use your paper of choice
  2. Practice and be patient. I was so excited to write all of those pretty words I see but I didn't want to fake it. I had to be patient and learn how to form each letter. The more I practice the better I get
  3. Learn your own style. I spent hours following the handwriting of someone else, it wasn't until I put my own style into it that I started to feel more comfortable

"Going back to basics strengthens your foundation."