When you’ve just jumped into the world of handlettering, you may start to feel a certain rush to be as good as the letterers you see on Instagram.
I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to feel that way.
HOWEVER (comma), what is NOT okay is believing that you HAVE to do or be a,b, and c to find joy and fulfillment in handlettering.
I don’t know about you, but I can easily spend just 5 minutes scrolling through my instagram feed and exit the app feeling like a total loser with a total loser life who will never be as good or successful as the artists she sees.
So, I give you the 5 handlettering lies and why you should STOP believing them:
1. My art isn’t worthy to be seen or appreciated.
GIRL. Stop it. Everyone is on a different place in their journey—and heck, we’re all on different journeys anyway! Also, I can confess to you that after being 4 years into my handlettering journey, I can look back on something I posted just yesterday and tell you about three different things that almost stopped me from showing it to the world.
I guarantee you that people won’t notice your mistakes as much as you will. Besides, you’re always going to be growing and improving, which means you’re ALWAYS going to suck a little (is that encouraging? I dunno).
So, post it ANYWAY. Because even if it does suck, you’ll be able to see all of the progress you’ll have made AND somebody might be inspired!
2. I don’t have $500 to pay for Hannah Handletter’s fancy new workshop, so I can’t learn how to letter.
I mean, take mine...it’s only $50...
No, but seriously. I’m going to tell you a secret- I have never taken a single formal handlettering course/workshop/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. NOT ONE. I wish I took one! But, I learned on my own time and in my own way and I didn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for it. If handlettering is truly for everyone- people shouldn’t be left out because they can’t afford it.
3. But I never took any art classes...
Uh, me either?! Okay, okay, I took ONE art class in high school and it was "Fundamentals of Art". I’m serious. You don’t have to be Bob Ross or Frida Kahlo to learn how to handletter. And NO, you’re not just “born with it”...and NO, it doesn't matter how pretty your natural handwriting is (trust me)!
4. I can’t be a good letterer because I don’t have special pens or anything.
You don’t need special stuff to be able to handletter. You can use ANYTHING- sticks in sand, your finger on a foggy window, a pencil and a piece of paper...I’m serious- anything.
5. My lettering is for others and not me.
So, you may not have ever said this, but I’m telling you that you have. It comes out in your hesitancy to create something until you’re “good enough.” It comes out in the way that you might still be doubting yourself even after I just spent allll this time telling you that you are, in fact, GOOD ENOUGH. The only good enough you have to be is good enough for YOU.
And that, my friends, is the biggest handlettering truth.
Love and letters,