My creative journey began in high school with my favorite tool to this day, the Sharpie. Doodling and making birthday notes for my friends is how I spent most of my time in class (sorry Mom and Dad). It is easy to say a pack of Sharpies was the favorite gift of any Christmas stocking or Easter basket. Letters and fonts have always been interesting to me. It wasn’t until my wedding that I picked up calligraphy and addressed my wedding invitations with the help from my mom who did traditional calligraphy. And here we are!
Calligraphy and lettering is my passion and what I love to do. However, it is not my job. I graduated in Landscape Horticulture and work for a landscape company. Calligraphy has become my “out” after long days. The thing that makes days at work and long nights of writing worth it is the people that I get to interact with. They come to me with ideas and visions of what they want, and I get to turn those in to realities for them. That is why I love to create. My favorite things to do are Bible verse prints. It is clear that the verse is very important to that person and it is amazing to be a part of something they will cherish. It is not the actual piece of paper with pretty letters they love, it is the meaning behind it and the constant reminder they are able to have with it.
For those of you who have just begun or are thinking about experimenting with the whole creativity idea, do it! I began by finding someone whose calligraphy I admired and basically tried to mimic everything she did. After failing miserably for a long time, I got comfortable with those things and began to branch out and try things on my own. It won’t be perfect right off the bat, but good news, it never will be! What you create is your definition of beauty or perfection. Plus, comparison is the thief of joy! (Something I have to tell myself each day.) Let whatever creative adventure you might get in to be something that brings joy. Go for it! You never know where it might take you.