Remember that discussion we had the other day about leaping? Well I took a little leap last week and I'd like to tell you about it.
Ever since I began creating my journal pages, I have wanted to include hand lettering along with my other hand drawn elements, but I have not been confident in my lettering skills. That is something that I think is about to change and it's all thanks to an artist named Alex Savakis.
Last week, I visited Savakis's blog, Handlettering Cite, after reading about it at Oh So Beautiful Paper. This is just a small sampling of the beautiful words I found there:
Not only does Savakis post his own stunning hand lettered pieces, but he links to other lettering artists, gives his readers a peek into the work and processes of those artists, and encourages readers to submit their own designs.
I left a comment on a particularly fitting quote by Van Gogh that he'd lettered -- "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." -- and he invited me to submit a design. Just like that. And I thought, yeah, I'd really like to do that. Except that I have zero hand lettering experience and probably an equal amount of skill in that regard.
I spent all of my spare time over the next two days -- two days -- drawing on my pen tablet; starting with cursive handwriting, discarding it, and ultimately deciding on a super simple (and much neater) variation of my own printing. Then, not entirely sure that it was a good idea, I sent it off to Savakis with an email describing my beginner status and welcoming any and all words of advice.
You know when you hit that send button and then you think what, on earth, did I just do? Well, he posted it. But better than that, he sent me the most gracious email in reply with advice and some concrete starter tips and words of encouragement that made me feel like this was a good leap after all.
Thank you, Alex Savakis.
To see more of Savakis's work, check out his website agsavakis.com.