My Lettering Journey

I just celebrated my 2 year anniversary of being a hand letterer! Woo hoo! A lot of people ask about my journey so I figured this post is long overdue.


I remember years ago, I had a friend and coworker who showed me lettering videos on Instagram. I remember searching our work supply cabinet for some kind of pens or markers we could use to practice. It was our slow season at work, so the perfect time for lettering! We were so excited when I finally found a box of Crayola markers!


And then the practice started… Man, that was so hard! We both watched the same tutorial video of one letter over and over again, but for some reason I just couldn’t get it right. Discouraged was a definite understatement.


Fast forward a few years later… I recently moved to Minot, North Dakota to be with my new husband at his new job. I was still dealing with the transition of the move, and was a few months into my new job. I felt lost, almost like I didn’t really know myself anymore. Prior to the move, I got rid of all my crafting supplies so I didn’t need to pack and ship it all. At the time, I thought my crafting hobby was just a phase, and didn’t think it would be something I would want to continue into my “new life”. I so wrong!


It was a slow night at work, so I picked up a pen and started doodling. It started with squiggles, then pictures, then words. I thought back to my brief encounter with lettering a few years ago, and I decided to try again.


I’m not sure what changed, but I didn’t feel as discouraged anymore. I was actually more accepting of my crap lettering, and even more determined to improve on it. I got this wave of excitement that I haven’t had in awhile. I felt like I found myself again. I found something to have a passion for and to release my creative juices in again.


It grew into a business I never expected, but something I am proud of and grateful for every single day. I had no idea I would become a letterer (if you saw my normal handwriting, you would understand haha), but I guess life surprises you in amazing ways! I may be a self-taught letterer, but I sure have a lot more learning to do!


Thank you so much for reading! I’ll catch you guys in my next blog post!





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