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 NEW YORK CITY

 

SO I RECENTLY TOOK A CALLIGRAPHY CLASS. TWO OF MY GIRLFRIENDS

HAD BOOKED INTO THE CLASS, AND I DECIDED TO JOIN. 

THINKING I WOULD BE A.OK AT YE OLD CALLIGRAPHY, BECAUSE OF THE PRACTICE I HAVE

HAD WITH MY OWN FANCY SCRAWLINGS (SEE HEADERS OF THIS BLOG OR MY INSTAGRAM FEED FOR EXAMPLE). SH*T - WAS I WRONG. CALLIGRAPHY IS REALLY. EFFING. HARD, YOU GUYS. 

I AM LIKE MY FATHER IN THE SENSE THAT I NEVER READ INSTRUCTION OR WAIT FOR TEACHINGS... JUST DIVE STRAIGHT INTO THINGS, MESS THEM UP - THEN GO BACK & READ SAID INSTRUCTIONS OR SEEK TEACHINGS... AND THIS CALLIGRAPHY CLASS WAS NO DIFFERENT. WHILE MY CLASS PEERS WERE OBEDIENT & STARTED WITH STROKES & LINES IN THE BEGINNERS CLASS TO 'GET A FEEL FOR THE PRESSURE OF THE PEN' (V. IMPORTANT IN CALLIGRAPHY, FYI), I WAS OFF LIKE A FROG IN A SOCK, SCRAWLING SENTANCES LIKE 'THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG'.... IT WAS AT THIS MOMENT, THAT I HAD THE HARSH REALIZATION, THAT CALLIGRAPHY WAS A FINE ART, OF WHICH PEOPLE STUDY, AND PRACTISE, & READ ABOUT & TAKE FURTHER TEACHINGS TO PERFECT, FOR YEARS....  

 

EVEN THOUGH I WAS TERRIBLE AT IT, I AM GOING TO SOLDIER ON & CONTINUE TO PRACTICE AS I ABSOLUTLY LOVED IT. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IF YOU HAD SEMI-OK HANDWRITING, YOU WOULD BE GOOD AT CALLIGRAPHY; NOT THE CASE. CALLIGRAPHY IS LITERALLY LEARNING TO WRITE ALL OVER AGAIN, SO NO MATTER WHAT YOUR NATURAL HANDWRITING LOOKS LIKE, THIS IS

AN ART THAT CAN BE TAUGHT, AND AS SUCH - NOTE TO SELF - TAKES TIME TO LEARN. 

 

THE CLASSES WE DID, WHERE IN NEW YORK CITY HOSTED & TAUGHT BY THE AMAZING CALLIGRAPHERS FROM FLEUR DE LETTERS. NOT ONLY ARE THEY AMAZING AT THEIR CRAFT, THEY ARE ALSO PATIENCE WITH LUNCH BOX HEROS, LIKE MYSELF - AND - THEY ALLOWED CHAMPAGNE

TO BE CONSUMED IN THE CLASS. WIN/WIN. 

 

ANYTHING WRITTEN IN RED OR WHITE INK IN THE BELOW PHOTOS WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME - OBVS. THESE WHERE INCLUSIONS OF THE BEAUTIFUL WELCOME KIT YOU GET WHEN YOU DO THE FLEUR DE LETTERS CLASSES. THE OTHER THING I LEARNT, WAS THAT THE WORD 'MINIMUM' IS THE WORD CALLIGRAPHERS USE TO PRACTISE THEIR SPACING OF LETTERS - I WROTE IT SO MUCH I STARTED TO SPELL IT WRONG! SO NEEDLESS TO SAY, SOMEONE NEEDS TO PRACTICE ALOT MORE;  BOTH THE ART & THE ART OF PATIENCE. 

 

UNTIL THEN, KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR QUICK BROWN FOXES, JUMPING OVER LAZY DOGS ;)  - SWx 

 

 

 

 

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