This year I promised myself that I was going to learn how to write properly. I don’t mean stringing works and sentences together either — I do that regularly on my blog, in typed form — but more the ‘art’ of handwriting. Brush lettering in particular.
You’d think that this is a skill that I’d have perfected by now — (given the fact that I’m not a child anymore) but I’m such a lazy writer; often scribbling words in such a rush that I don’t even understand what they say myself.
And recently, with the trend for the lovely brush lettering fonts, that I’m often using in my designs and prints, I have wished (on more than one occasion) that I could write as beautifully with my own hand as I can with my computer.
So this week has seen me revisit my childhood and get practicing.
After stacking up on supplies from The Works — who have got a fab selection of art materials — I got cracking with the watercolour paints.
SO much fun.
And made me really appreciate the lost art of handwriting too.
It was lovely to really take my time and look at each letter individually, rather than hurriedly trying to get the words down on the paper as quickly as I could.
There’s something very therapeutic about painting in this way — a little like the adult colouring books that I spoke about last year. Concentrating on something creative is akin to meditation — very relaxing and great for clearing the mind.
Although, as ever, after a little time spent doing one thing on repeat, I got a little bit sidetracked and ended up painting some watercolour flowers too.
Who says that paints should be just for the kids eh?
From here-on-in, when the boys are getting their craft on and doing a spot of painting, I’m going to be practicing my brush lettering :)
And flowers :)
This post was written in collaboration with The Works — if you fancy getting your craft on they’ve got an amazing selection of materials to help you on your way. All thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.