Since our art journaling inspiration is our names, we will be putting names to pages this week and I know that can be a little intimidating.
Some of us are perfectionists. And when it comes to penmanship it's no different, maybe even intensified. I've worked with women who refuse, yes refuse, to attempt hand lettering. They hate their writing and they can't get past it. I don't always agree with them but that frustration hinders the creative spirit.
When it comes to lettering, I'm in both camps, but it depends on the day. If you're one who's stopped by the idea of your own writing not being enough then I have a tip for you.
This will help with letter loathing. It's a light box done a couple of different ways.
1) Design what you want to say, in the font you want to say it, in the size you want.
2) Print it off on a thin (lower number pound) paper. It will let more light through.
3) Place the journal page that you are going to draw on over the top of your printed page.
4) Hold it up to a window (left photo) or over a light box (right photo).
All of a sudden lettering isn't so labored.
Good luck on the image-making and introspection into what your hands mean to you.
See you Friday.