I’m currently in a bit of a slump with my first story, Soulchaser. A lot of the advice out there for getting over writer’s block suggests doing other creative things. At first, I thought, this is stupid,” but then decided that I obviously am not the expert on getting past a block. and of course, a new hobby means shopping! Sold. Literally.
I kept seeing amazing brush calligraphy and looked up some tutorials. Considering I was mediocre in felt pen calligraphy when I was in 3rd grade, I gave it a shot. So far, I have at least $100 of new pens and paper.
I think I enjoy the drills way more than composing projects. the strokes of the pen kinda lull my active mind and I can just drift. the mechanics of getting your hand to move the way you want distracts from nagging problems. its the same kind of zen I get trying to fix the computer, only with less cursing.
One of the Skillshare classes I took suggested breathing in on the upstrokes and out on the downstrokes. It turns into a meditation.
Here are a few of the things I have made.
Some of my favorite things to get started are
Tombow Fude soft tip pen, tracing paper, and the Tombow dual brush pens.
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I print the pages out and trace them so I don’t waste much paper. Check out my Handlettering Pinterest board to see all my favorite sites for learning.
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