One of my childhood treasures is the first lettering book I got when I was a kid. It’s a art form I love, but have always been inherently bad at. Hehe. I cannot draw a straight line to save my life.
About a year ago, I discovered Brush Lettering. It’s a style that applies certain elements of calligraphy in a more relaxed way. Very pretty! And perhaps a little more forgiving than traditional, perfectly neat calligraphy? I thought I’d give it a try.
I started learning what I could from tutorial videos online. I’ve spent countless hours practicing. Why? I dunno. Am I good yet? Nope.
Last Friday, by chance, I saw an ad for a Brush Lettering course in Monterrey. I wanted to go, but, I hesitated… Would I be wasting money? I love it… but, it just a silly hobby… I could use that money for something else… But, I really wanted to go…
While all these thoughts were having a loud argument in my mind, I surreptitiously picked up the phone and signed up.
I drove there the next morning still unsure of the decision. Why was I doing this?…
8 hours + 1 workshop later I figured it out…
Brush Lettering is a relaxing activity that keeps me focused. It creates a soundproof bubble of peace around me that leaves no room for anxiety. It’s something I practice without any expectations. Again and again and again. Hundreds of crooked lines, yet I continue to work without feeling discouraged.
I find joy in the process, not the outcome. This is a good reminder of how I’d like to live life in general, and I’m hoping one day I’ll bring this feeling with me when I step outside my Brush Lettering Bubble of Peace.
It was also pretty fun to hang out all day with a group of 10 people just as happy to learn Brush Lettering!
Does anyone else have a Bubble of Peace Hobby? hahahaha!