By Anne - February 12, 2017

Downloadable worksheets from Llamas Love Lettering

A year ago my youngest daughter decided she wanted to learn to draw better. She didn't enroll in a bunch of art classes, or even watch an endless stream of tutorials on YouTube, she just did it every day until she improved. In the last year she's gone from blocky, amateur drawings to amazing cartoon style portraits suitable for framing.

So I decided it was time to let my babygirl teach me something. Not about drawing, but about perseverance. I've always wished I could do hand lettering and word art, but my handwriting is atrocious, and I can't even doodle. Maybe with perseverance and practice, I can change all that though. 

So a couple weeks ago I decided to just start trying, and since then I've been practicing every day in my spare time. I'm finding that not only am I improving, but it's also having a calming effect on my anxious brain. So I'm going to keep working at it, and see where it leads.

This blog is my diary, so I can keep track of my progress. I've been lettering all over the place since I've started; in different notebooks, on scraps of paper, and on printable worksheets. Now, I can no longer remember what order I made them in. My resolution is to snap photos of what I've done, and upload them here every day so that I have a visual, chronological record of my improvement.

A side effect of my anxiety is always feeling like a failure, so maybe this blog will help me *see* that I'm improving.

The first couple of posts will be a mish-mash of what I've done the last two weeks, as close to chronological as I can remember. After that I will post daily, EVERYTHING I've worked on that day. No matter if I hate it, no matter if it went in the garbage afterwards, no matter what. That's my promise to myself, so that I can see what I've done, even the failures.

This blog is for me, as my diary, but if you want to follow along, I'll be posting links to everything I'm using (tutorials, worksheets, tools, etc), so that you can try too, and so that I can find it later when I inevitably forget. I always forget...


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