A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity of taking a brush lettering class at Paper Source! I have long been interested in brush lettering and have bought several brush pens before, but nothing ever came out looking quite right. I have been inspired by people on Instagram, showing befores and afters of their brush lettering skills, often dramatically improving in just a few months, so I took the plunge.
I love taking craft classes because I am a very tactile learner. I am not one to learn things just by having it explained. I am very visual and I have to do things myself to understand it. We had a teacher named Smith whose lettering style is so cute and I was excited to learn from her. That is probably my number one tip about taking classes- find someone whose work you like. I had been told about another brush lettering class by a friend but when I looked at the teacher's Instagram, I didn't like her style, so I decided to save my money and wait for another person's class. It's ok to be picky!
Here is what I saw when I came to the table:
We practiced for about 2 hours, writing all sorts of things and having fun. Smith and our group talked about how if anyone ever found our practice sheets they might think we are up to no good because of all the random names that we write when we are practicing. I'm pretty sure every single one of my friends' names have been featured in my calligraphy practice sheets.
After we practiced for a while, we made an adorable project! We learned how to make our own envelope liners and cards and we did some brush lettering on both. We were all very quick learners so at the end of the class Smith taught us how to do ombre brush lettering!
My main takeaways from the class were: 1. practice makes perfect. I obviously already knew that but I must say I was hoping for some insider secret to having perfect brush letters! 2. It's all about the pen! I had been practicing at home with pretty loose brushes which are much harder to control, and in class I got to practice with a very stiff brush and I was shocked at how much easier it was! I added several colors to my Amazon wishlist!
I really want to make improving my lettering a priority, so I think I'm going to start writing out a poem a day (definitely gonna start with Nayyirah Waheed's poetry!) and practice using my oblique pen, my brush pen, and also a paintbrush.
If you ever get the chance to take a class at Paper Source, I definitely recommend it! It was very affordable and it made for a fun Saturday afternoon!