How I learned calligraphy and hand lettering

I answered a question on Quora on what’s the best way to learn calligraphy. And it somehow brought me back when and how I learned to love the arts in letters or what they call as calligraphy and handlettering.

I think the best way to learn calligraphy is to start with your own handwriting. Before I even learned about calligraphy, I had been trying to write well with my own handwriting and had tried hand lettering as well.

I write using normal pens and just fill in spaces of the letters I created. Normal pens are affordable and handy and you can carry it around. Be acquainted with your pen and your hand. Through time as you create that simple bond with your hand and your pen, the more you thirst for more learning on how to improve on your craft. It was only later in life that I tried different mediums like dipped pen, fountain pen and brush pens.

Nowadays learning is just a click. You can read free online materials and watch free online videos like you tube. As for me, my practice comes ahead than the theory that goes with it. But as one author says. Study as much as you practice. So now I tried to study the theories behind it so I can better train my hand and my eyes in seeing harmony in words and letters.

Do not be afraid to explore your craft. Learn from others and take advantage on the free resources online. And as you learn from others, do not be discouraged when they are so way ahead. Remember that they too started small. Do not lose yourself in the process. Always remember you have your own style.😊

Sharing you some of my early works which I just did for the joy of doing it. My calligrapher friend gave me a cute notebook so I was so excited to use it. It’s nice to have a good friend around who shares the same passion as you do. But even when you don’t have a friend nearby, the online community is a good place to learn and support one another.

And just this year I decided to establish a passion project. I build a website, a page, an instagram and a youtube channel to compile my crafts and to share my skills and talents to others.

My handletterings way back 2015, together with 2 recent handwritings. Before I knew about Calligraphy, I do hand leterring and had my lettering captured at mom’s garden back home .

But I think what inspires me to learn this craft is how much writing had encouraged and inspired me from the inside out. The words I wrote were written primarily for myself: to encourage myself and hopefully encourage others as well.

I wrote this one when Queen Catriona bid farewell to her crown. I love the simplicity and elegance of Copperplate Calligraphy, something which I want to learn further.

I have learned to love writing, handwriting and the art in letters because it enables me to add value in the lives of others. It is my hope that you get inspired with my journey as well. May you find encouragement in learning and progress than to succumb in one’s imperfections. Just keep going. Just keep doing.βœπŸŒ»πŸ‚

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Handlettering is Life

When I was younger, my father used to do hand lettering. He always had a pencil on his ears. And I love how he does his passion with so much love, joy and endurance. He was a teacher by profession but by passion he is an artist.πŸπŸ‚

When college came, he never imposed on us what course to take. He wanted us to explore what we love. πŸ“–

I think that’s what a teacher’s and artist’s heart is. They see potential in every person and they know that each maybe different but at the same time beautiful, just like how art can be so different yet beautiful. πŸ¦‹

I hope you’ll be able to explore yourself better as well through art and just enjoy the process.🌻

So here’s my first filmed greetings as requested by a friend who had been a great support in my journey with InkSights n Letters.✍

Thank you getaprofessor.com for trusting InkSights n Letters.😊

“Mom”, a woman of grace under pressure

Got inspired with commissioned pieces and I tried to make one for my mom even when there was no occasion at all. And for all the moms out there, I hope these words I wrote from my heart will be a source of encouragement to you on how much you are loved and appreciated. ❀

To every mom, you are loved and appreciated

“Mom”

Such a wonderful word to utter.
Such a wonderful thought to remember.
How you carried us in your womb for months is such a wonderful mystery.
And how we get to be where we are today and become who we are today is incomprehensible.

For days, months, years, you were always there, from the very first time we opened our eyes, you watch over us with so much joy and hope.

To have the privilege to call you “Mom”, “Mama”, “Nanay”, “Inay”, “Ina” and so much more is such a blessing.

Our lifetime will never ever be enough to repay you for your labor of love and sacrifices for us.

The world is made much more beautiful because of a mother’s soul which fills the universe with love, gentleness, goodness and a lot more.

Thank you so much mom.
You are appreciated.
You are loved.
And God loves you most.

//Looking forward to write more commissioned pieces someday because words will always leave footprints in the hearts of humankind❀

Originally written: 01/06/2019
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