Hi! Welcome to whitelilylettering.com!
I'm so happy you decided to come and check out my new site. I've been working hard to get it up and running as quickly as possible.
I thought I would take this first post to introduce myself and my craft. My name is Melissa and I started lettering in May of 2016. I'm a high school English and Social Studies teacher. I grew up in Summerland, British Columbia on the Canada's west coast. I am currently teaching English and Communications at my alma mater, which has been an exciting and rewarding experience. I have noticed over time, that my students (both in this contract and my last) have been interested in lettering. As a result, I began a lunchtime club called the SSS Calligraphy Club. Though we've only been meeting for a couple months, the progress I'm seeing from the students is unbelievable! If you're interested, check out our hashtag on Instagram: #ssscalligraphyclub.
I'm assuming that you're here because you either are already a calligrapher, or are interested in trying it! Before telling you a bit more about my site, I thought I would tell you a bit more about my own lettering journey.
I began last May with a couple of Tombow dual-brush pens and some printer paper, and I quickly got frustrated when my pens frayed and my writing looked messy. I couldn't figure out those darn up-strokes (not an uncommon problem)! I put the pens down for a few weeks, but continued watching some of the lettering accounts I had been following on Instagram. They continued to inspire me. One day, I noticed that one of my Instagram celebrities was using Crayola Super Tips markers. I had some of those hanging around, so I started experimenting. My excitement was renewed due to the ease of the pens, and I opened my own Instagram account, @lissaletters. My family and friends were super supportive, and I found that I really enjoyed sharing my work and getting feedback from fellow letterers. My addiction sparked, and I started accumulating more supplies and Instagram followers. I began creating videos of my lettering, and I recently changed my name to White Lily Lettering both for my blog, and for my Instagram page: @whitelilylettering (link at the bottom of the page).
I've found that over the last (almost) year, I've gone through periods of obsession with this hobby, and periods where I rarely practice. I've begun to realize that consistency is key! If you're just getting started, I recommend a couple things: invest in some supplies that will last, and read all you can about tips and tricks for getting started. I'm mostly self-taught, based on what I saw on Instagram, but I have read so many blog posts I wish I had read before I began. I will create another blog post soon with some links! There are so many good blogs online, and all it takes is a simple google search to find them. Over the next little while, I will be posting about some of my favourite supplies, and some that I recommend getting started with, which will hopefully be helpful for new letterers.
Another suggestion I have for getting started is to join a lettering challenge. There's a fantastic Instagram account called @letteringchallenges. They posts quite a few of the challenges that calligraphers participate in on Instagram. These challenges usually have a daily prompt and a specialized hashtag so you can see others' work for inspiration. Pick one that interests you (you may want to begin with a challenge that only gives you a single word to practice) and make a commitment to yourself to practice and complete the challenge each day. It can be a struggle - life gets busy, but even if all the lettering you do each day is that word or phrase, I promise you will improve.
Now that we've discussed a couple basics, I wanted to thank you again for coming to check out my site! I really hope that this will be a space where we can connect, provide feedback and learn from one another! I know this site is a work in progress, but I will be continually updating and adding more features as my own practice improves. Feel free to check out my Practice Sheets section, which already has a package on faux calligraphy that you can purchase and download for your practice. I'm going to be adding some freebies in there as well!
If you are reading this post, please comment below and tell me a bit about yourself! I would love to learn more about you and where you are in your calligraphy practice!