It’s been exactly a year since I first started learning modern calligraphy. My interest towards this form of art began when I kept seeing beautifully written words and typography all over the web and I thought to myself “I want to decorate my room with that”. I could do it digitally, but there was something about doing it by hand that I find cooler and more interesting.
I’m stingy. I don’t usually spend on things that aren’t practical so I first tried to learn modern calligraphy by googling how to fake them. That’s when I first learned the “trick” to making pretty words. There are a lot of workshops available but I’m not paying 3k for something I can learn by myself via YouTube
University videos and other bloggers.
I got myself a cheap watercolor and a couple of ZIG Scroll and Brush pen for practice and just started writing.
I try… I forgot to add the book and chapter but this is from Mark 13:13 I attended the True Life Retreat last Thursday to Saturday and my daily devotion was put on hold until this morning. So I caught up with #GoodMorningGirls book of Mark. The last I read was chapter 12. . I like this verse because it's true. Based on my experience, when I start to talk about my faith and beliefs and what is wrong and right with unbelievers, it's not that I'm hated, but I noticed I'm ignored or looked at differently. They usually go quiet or change the topic. There are some who would start a debate. It's not like imposing my beliefs, but just like everyone else, I am sharing what I know. Is it called an opinion if it's true? If it's based on God's words? . But recently I am more confident to talk about it, to share what I've learned with other people. It gives me great joy to talk about God and His promises. I am excited to share His teachings with my closest of friends. I pray Jesus will use me to bring people closer to God. . Feel free to share your thoughts about this issue. No negativity please. #nicklelearnstowrite
A week later, I bought the @inkscribbler‘s simple calligraphy kit. It had practice sheets, a pen holder, and a couple of nibs. Ink sold separately. That’s when I learned that you have to do drills for practice and not to write letters right away.
I was at the mall earlier looking for pen nib holder and good paper for practice. I almost gave up but made a turn and found a stall selling @inkscribbler 's stuff! So I bought the kit and a bottle of India ink and started practicing now. I'm very impatient as you can see I tried different strokes rights away. I think I've got the hang of it but of course, need more practice. #PracticeMakesProgress #calligrabasics #calligraphy #ExploreCalligraphy #nicklelearnstowrite
I practiced for months doing drills, joining Instagram challenges, made videos, and writing my daily Bible devotions. I did this for months until August when I went on hiatus. I would still write one and off or when I feel like it. I also wrote names for our singles’ ministry registration. I usually post my writing on Instagram, but if you want to see my progress, you may view the Facebook albums where they are streamlined. Album1, album2.
It’s been a year of on and off writing. I have improved a lot in the first few months since I started learning and have improved much more now. I still write but not as often, but I still want to be better at it. I will be posting more about how I learn, how I practice, and my progress. If you want to go with me on this journey, just leave a comment and let’s encourage each other.