A question posted from one of our blog readers: “I was hoping Mary would share how she got started lettering. My girls want to try to learn this skill. Does Mary have any resources she’d recommend to learn? There are so many things out there to choose from, but I’d love help!”
Before Mary left for her trip, I asked if she could write a post on how she got started. I’m excited to share with you her journey.
I (Mary) can remember in May of 2015 saying I really wanted to learn to better letter when I tried to write something beautiful, much to no avail. I enjoyed art and the beauty of letters interested me. There are so many shapes and styles. I began to doodle around and enjoyed it very much. Lettering is a bit overwhelming because there is so much talent out there! I haven’t set out to be a pro because that’s not the direction I’m going, but I desire to keep improving as I learn and do the best I can do. It makes me so happy to see how happy nice lettering makes others! A world opens up of turning any text into something beautiful and personal, and that means a lot to others which makes it very worthwhile.
So, for the real question: how did I learn? I learned by copying others (and as exactly as possible), doodling, and a lot of practicing (Sarah’s note: she usually had a pen and notebook next to where she sat in the living room so if there was idle time, she’d practice and practice her lettering). I’ve watched some videos from SkillShare, but it’s amazing what can be learned through observation. I like to look at signs, banners, billboards, the Internet, and text anywhere as I go about life. It’s helpful to see how others arrange letters and that can spark new ideas.
This was Christmas that year.
Shortly after that, and before I got Ellie, she decorated the door with the above.
Then, in just one year’s time, her lettering looked like the above — completely her own idea!
Honestly, doesn’t that Mom above make you smile? Compare it to the mom on the plain white envelope to the right. It’s okay, I can say that because the one on the right is mine. Mary’s beautiful lettering DOES make a person smile.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he
hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can
find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”