Practice, Practice, Practice!

If you have ever taken an in person workshop with me, you know how much I emphasize that practice is the key to unlocking your success. Whether you are trying your hand at modern calligraphy, diving in to brush pen lettering, or creating unique hand drawn letters, practicing your skill is the cornerstone of seeing growth.

You don’t have to devote hours and hours each day, or even every week to perfect your new skill (who wants perfection these days anyways?). I like to pour myself a cup of my favorite hot tea, put on a good podcast or Netflix show, and work on my drills or alphabet. Got 10 minutes while dinner is cooking in the oven? Great, grab your pen and practice at the kitchen table! Want to unwind at the end of your workday with a glass of wine? Yas girl, grab your supplies and build that muscle memory!

 
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The point is, make your practice work for you and your life. If you can practice even just a few minutes on a handful of days each week, you will see progress! I always recommend keeping your practice sheets so that you can look back and see how much you have improved over time. You will be amazed at how quickly you will build your new skill!

My goal is to be a resource for others looking to learn or a grow a new creative skill, so today I am including a free download. Click below to download a FREE practice sheet with guidelines for lowercase and uppercase letters! This practice sheet will work for a variety of lettering styles - just print on a heavyweight printer paper and have fun! If you don’t have a heavyweight paper on hand, my go to is this HP 32# Laserjet paper. You will want to avoid your regular ol’ printer paper as it is too thin and will cause your nibs to catch, ink to bleed, or if you are working with a brush pen, it just won’t be as smooth and easy to write on.

I’d love to see what you’re up to, so tag us @thescribblist on social media so we can follow your journey!

Click here to download your copy!

3 Common Calligraphy Issues and How to Overcome Them

Oh boy, can I relate to this topic y’all. As a self taught calligrapher, I encountered just about every hiccup you could imagine in my calligraphy journey. Ink blob in the middle of your project? Check. Little to no variation in your strokes? Check. Finally got my ink flowing but now it’s bleeding all over my paper? Check and check. I’m here to help you troubleshoot these common issues for all of us embarking on the adventure of modern pointed pen calligraphy.

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Pass the Pie.

As we move in to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I am taking a moment to make a list of all of the things I want to savor this year. Ways to soak in the holiday spirit, give back to my community, and be more thoughtful in my gift giving. I’ve created a festive template to write down all of my holiday wishes, and I am sharing it here with you as a free download.

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The 5 Supplies You Need to Get Started With Modern Calligraphy

I know the world of pointed pen calligraphy can be intimidating, especially because the supplies alone are a lot to figure out if you are teaching yourself like I did. I have put together a list of 5 basic supplies you need to get started, and have included some resources on where to find them online (links included!). My suggestion here follows the same rule as the illustration supplies, which is to buy the best you can afford. Luckily, calligraphy supplies are relatively inexpensive which means you can try a few things out to see what suits you best!

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Spotlight: Materials for Illustrative Painting

One of the main goals I have for The Scribblist is for it to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for anyone who wants to learn or further develop a creative skill. In addition to my workshops, I’ll be sharing free tips and resources for you here on the blog.

Today I am sharing my favorite supplies for illustrative painting. These are the materials I use to create my hand lettered and illustrated designs, which I sell as prints in my Etsy shop.

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