When I was younger, I was constantly sketching and doodling and drawing. I was obsessed with tracing fonts from books and filling my notebooks with faces, swirls, quotes. To this day, I'm ridiculously picky about my handwriting, and there isn't much that makes me happier than a brand new pen. (I recently purchased several with some birthday money and the whole thing made me a little happier than perhaps it should have. Some people like shoes and make-up; I like pens and washi tape.)
I miss being more carefree with my artwork and have decided to try my hand at more lettering and doodling and such. I'm so inspired by artists like Keri Smith and Mary Kate McDevitt (and dozens of other artists with an eye for charming illustration), and want to perfect my own style. I like the idea of working with words, quotes, simple images, and quirky shapes. I tend to be such a perfectionist these days, so this is my attempt at simply putting something on paper that is on my heart or mind, and just letting it be.
The above verse has been my favorite since I was about sixteen. Something about those words calm me and make me feel hopeful. Regardless of what is going on in my world. When I sat down to draw something last night, it was the first thing that came to mind.
Oh, and in case you're curious, the pen I used this time around is the Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen (find it here!). I purchased it after reading a review on CRESCENDOh, and I'm absolutely in love. I'm talking serious swoonage over here.
My next goal is to try my hand at some calligraphy, because I can't get enough of the modern calligraphy styles I'm seeing all over Etsy (for example, this shop, which is obviously too adorable for words). I'm so eager to try calligraphy myself, but have yet to actually pick up any pens or ink. Ah, well. One of these days, right?