My best friend recently had to go gluten free. And we all know how difficult it is to give up something so engrained in our diets! So we decided to do a 30 day challenge together- she had to go gluten free, and I had to do a hand lettering project everyday. Not sure how these two subjects go together? Me neither! But we did it together anyway (which always makes projects easier and more fun 🙂 ).
Intimidated to just jump into hand lettering, I was inspired by Jessica Hische, and decided to do letters A-Z for the first 26 days. Originally, I planned on having something to inspire each letter. Eg, A was Anime (cherry blossom design), B was Bilbo, etc. However, at a certain point I just wanted to explore different typefaces. So this rule was modified so each letter had to be inspired by a different style.
After completing the alphabet, I still had 4 days left. So on day 27, I drew 1 word. On day 28, 2 words, etc. My process was the same as for the letters- draw a mini sketch in the corner of the paper as guidance. Then, I drew out the word in pencil, finishing the drawing in black pen. (Hence, you can’t see all my mess up pencil lines since I drew over them!). For day 29 (3 words) I wanted to see what I could do with just putting pen to paper. So no pencil sketch (other than a fast composition outline on a napkin), no outline, and they all had to be completed within 15 minutes. Results of day 29 below!
I really enjoyed working on this project! It gave me a very needed break from staring at my laptop everyday. Plus, this skill has really helped me with some design ideas for Moja Gear since. Most importantly- my friend was super successful in going gluten free!