After a particularly trying week, weekend couldn’t get here soon enough. All I wanted to do this weekend was hole up in my house and breathe. However, Friday afternoon I received an email reminder about a workshop I signed up for last month. The class was Saturday afternoon. The thought of just bailing on it crossed my mind a few hundred times, but it in the end I sucked it up and attended.
Artist Pam Keravuori has the most beautiful lettering in her art and journaling. When I work in my journals, my least favorite part of the process is the writing because I don’t like my handwriting. My printing is decent when I’m teaching, because it has to be, but my script is a mixture of incorrect formation and maybe some laziness – I don’t write by hand much anymore (other than printing at school) so it no longer comes naturally. So how exciting to find out that Pam was teaching in Southern California.
The three hour class was held at French General, a cute boutique art/craft store in Silver Lake on Riverside Dr.
I was surrounded by beautiful things!
Sewing and crafting isn’t so much my thing, but the patterns and colors were inspiring.
After a few minutes of exploring, the class began.
Pam started us off with a great little kit that included class notes, Faber-Castell Pitt pens (my favorite pens), practice pages, and other fun odds and ends.
Before she started her instruction, we had to write the word “joyfully” in our handwriting, as a starting point.
Looking at it is painful. As I wrote, my mind was messing with me – naturally wanting to write them my way but my brain telling me to write them using correct formation. I can see where I stopped and had to think, “How do I make that again?”
While we worked on some practice exercises, Pam gave us a brief history of lettering and the pencil as well as notes on using nib pens – which were very helpful.
It was a quick class, but the tips and little tweaks given were just what I needed. By the end of the class, Pam wanted us to create a “picture” like her Doodle Amour picture. I’m still over thinking the lettering a bit, but I feel improved after just a little bit of practice. Practice is definitely the key.
The creative therapy certainly helped!