Like with many things, I’m sure my first exposure to hand lettering was through Pinterest or Instagram. I’ve always been a super crafty person, I just love to make things. So I sat down and thought…”Pssht. I can do that.”… nope. Actually I wasn’t any good at it and I think maybe it bothered me so I decided I was going to learn.
Its on of my favorite things to go back and see how far I’ve come since those days. But I can’t even find work that old… I used to throw it all away!
To be transparent, my love for hand lettering runs deeper than just wanting to be good at it. Hand lettering first found me when I was in a hard place in life. Somewhere between having a miscarriage, getting pregnant with my rainbow, having a baby, and then dealing with a tremendous amount of hormones and postpartum depression. I needed sort of an escape.
I could sit down while the baby slept and mindlessly draw letters and words, taking my thoughts to a different place. Like focusing on the little details and trying to perfect something totally distracted my from some pretty rough feelings in my head. I really think having a creative outlet saved me.
It wasn’t until almost a year later that I decided to take it seriously and actually consider making a career out of lettering and illustration. And even longer after that when I finally started SHARING my work.
Fast forward to now and my work has been on T-shirts, logos, invitations, flyers, cups, chalkboards, written in sand, painted on pumpkins, and much more and I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve even been featured by some of my favorite lettering artists and this year I have plans to do my very first mural! EEK! 😁
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Now I’m in a season of figuring out where I want to take my lettering and how to balance it with family life. Ultimately, I want to have a successful creative business and blog and help other mommas do the same.