I have decent handwriting and a self-proclaimed eye for aesthetics, so that must mean I would be good at hand lettering, right? Wrong.
Sure, I’ve done the occasional signage for my best friend’s wedding and Christmas name tags for my mom, but I relied heavily on Pinterest as a guide.
I don’t know what it is about my font style, but I can’t seem to appreciate the imperfections in my writing. So when my sweet friend, Lauren, asked me to attend her hand lettering workshop— it was a no brainer. Lauren, of @laurensletters_ on Instagram, is oober-talented and shares my same creative drive. She makes hand lettering look implausibly effortless and graceful. So of course, I was in.
This particular workshop was a chalk lettering workshop hosted at Craft Makers Studio in Pleasanton, California. Lauren provided us with all of the necessities; a lettering guide, a practice book, a chalkboard, a sharpie, a chalk pen and a piece of chalk.
She started by teaching us the fundamentals of the alphabet— thickening your line on the descender of the letter, and leaving it thinner on the ascender. This seemed easy. But then, she challenged us to write the alphabet out, connecting all of the letters in a fluid line without lifting our pens. This was hard. I found it a lot easier to get the look and style I wanted when writing one single letter out at a time, but when connecting letters in to words, I often resorted back to standard cursive— which isn’t all that pretty.
Once we had the basics down, we picked our favorite one-liner and took to the chalk boards. This was great because all of the participants had a little souvenir to take home showcasing what we learned. I, of course, wrote out “The Ocean Minded.”
I would love to take another hand lettering workshop, but in the meantime, I’ll be practicing (a lot).
If you’re local to the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly recommend taking a peek at her Instagram account (@laurensletters_) and signing up for her next lettering workshop. You won’t regret it.