Lately I’ve been working on my hand lettering skills, something I’ve always been pretty weak in. I started quite low pressure, just getting myself into the habit of spending 15 minutes a day doing something creative that’s for me instead of for work, and although I really enjoyed messing around with lettering I wasn’t really making much progress. That shouldn’t really have been surprising – I’d jump in without any research, guide lines or plan and just play around, which although fun resulted in some pretty bad composition and showed some serious holes in my technique.
End result: I’ve decided to seriously work specifically on Buy Ativan Copperplate script – properly, with the dip pen and everything. It feels delightfully archaic, now that even writing with a pen is starting to become less common compared to typing. Copperplate is a tricky and very slow script, and it feels a bit indulgent spending an hour methodically writing out the exercises at a snail’s pace. It’s only been a couple of days, but I’m loving it so far and I think that going through the boring bits, repeating the same line or curve (not even an actual letter!) again and again are helping improve my muscle memory and technique. I still jump ahead every now and then and write actual words to see overall progress though!
The copperplate nib is extra cool – it has an elbow in it, and is flexible to allow lots of variation in line weight. Here’s a closeup of how it looks:
I don’t have the best track record with keeping up with new habits, despite the best intentions, so let’s see how long this lasts! If the 10,000 hours rule is to be believed, and I practice diligently for an hour a day, I’ll have mastered copperplate within oh, 28 years. Every journey starts with the first step though right?
P.S. I’ve been putting some of my practice pieces up on Instagram (@chigarden) if anyone is interested – constructive criticism is very welcome!