In October I started working on my list of things to do and goals to achieve before turning 30.
#11 on the list: Take a class in something I’ve never done. (Anything! Calligraphy? Acting? Something!)
So what did I do? I took a calligraphy class!
I signed up for a local calligrapher’s class that was two hours and included start supplies. I’m a huge DIY, teach-myself type of person but I wanted to experience something in real time with other people. Making learning calligraphy a social experience sounded really fun!
The class included instruction, a notebook for notes, pen, calligraphy pen, two nibs, black ink, and plenty of paper to practice.
We started off using these cute teal pens to trace the alphabet guide. It was an exercise to get us used to the movements and to writing in cursive since most of us don’t do it every day!
We then learned about the actual pens and nibs and all the different options for calligraphy supplies. I finally learned how a calligraphy pen works and how it’s supposed to be setup! I took this photo for myself to remind me of how the nib was supposed to go into the pen.
Then we got started with using the calligraphy pen with ink. We began with lines then waves then zeros then figure eights. After that we started writing the alphabet based on the alphabet guide.
Calligraphy was both easier and harder than I thought. It was easier to get ink flowing and to make the thick and thing lines with the pen. It was much harder to get letters that I thought looked good and to stay consistent with it. It was also really hard to connect letters for writing words.
I actually took a little video during the class while I was practicing.
Not bad for a first try!
I left the class thrilled with what I had learned for my new hobby. I’ve been practicing calligraphy almost every night since then. It’s as relaxing as adult coloring books so it’s a nice way to wind down at the end of the day while also improving my skills.
There is a brush lettering class coming up in the next few months that I’m dying to try. I think brush lettering is going to be something I really love doing based on what several people have told me. I’d love to create some gorgeous colorful prints to give people this year for Christmas!
Trying new things is so much fun! I can’t believe all the different things I’ve tried over the years and chronicled here on the blog, from my first aerobics class to my first spin class. Some things stick, like aerobics and calligraphy, and others don’t, like spin classes. Until you try something new you’ll never know if you like it or not which is why I hope I always keep trying new things.
This was definitely a great goal to include on my list of things to do before 30 and I might just try to accomplish it multiple times!