Last week, I finally got round to decorating one of the notebooks I bought my sister for Christmas.
I was reminded of the fact that I’m actually quite impatient when it comes to art related things which is why I don’t do lettering more often. All Arts, as I know from being a musician, require perseverance. There will be those anomalies who have a natural talent for something and don’t need as much practice to be amazing, but for everyone else, you have to make a conscious decision to persevere and practice often. I didn’t wake up being able to play the guitar; it’s taken years of practice. Barre chords are hard – but the more I practice them, the easier they become to play.
So back to lettering. My first go at lettering was last year when I bought plain notebooks for my modules at university and decorated them. I rushed them; I didn’t want to write in pencil then go over what I’d done in pen, so I wrote freehand using a marker. I made mistakes; one being that I had gotten the name of one of my modules completely wrong (but it wasn’t the end of the world because the notebook was just for my own notes anyway). The writing wasn’t as neat as it could be because I wanted beautifully personalised notebooks but I wasn’t willing to put in the level of care and patience that the task required.
This time around, I started with pencil and went over with pens. It was still quite difficult for me, but I resisted the urge to rush everything and took my time. Although it still didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted, it was so much better. It’s worth mentioning that I haven’t done any lettering since last year and so I accepted that it could only be so good because I hadn’t been practicing.
Skills require practice and I know that if I want to be better, I must practice and persevere, especially at those points when I want to give up. It’s so much easier said than done, but it’s essential if I want to improve. Before long, I’ll be able to confidently write freehand. Do you have a skill or sport or hobby you want to be better at? Leave a comment below because I’d love to know!