Welcome back from break everyone (or, at least, Michigan students)!
I’ve been missing spring break already and feeling kind of gray getting back into school, and one of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling a bit down (surprise, surprise) is handlettering! I like to get cozy in a blanket, put on a mindless tv show, and do some experimental lettering of various words I hear while watching my show. It’s a really relaxing way to just kind of shut off my brain, and it also gives me the space to make art without worrying how it looks, because it’s just for me.
Because of that, I like to play around with new techniques and try things that might end up looking a bit wonky. Today I took pictures of my process with one of the words I did.
I started out with just writing a word, nothing fancy. This is typically how I start out, just a bare bones word to build off of.
Then I’ll add the first detail–in this case, a shadow or 3D effect.
From there I start to have fun with it. In this specific piece, I picked the original green color randomly, and then kind of took off with the green theme and thought it would be cool to try doing some sort of leaf effect, and I honestly (no pun intended) love how it ended up looking.
Once I’m done messing around, I’ll take a step back and see if there’s anything else I can think of that might tie the piece together. Here, I really liked the leaf effect, but I felt like the word itself got lost and needed something to help differentiate it from the background. So I added a classic black outline–you can never go wrong with one of those.
And that’s it! After that I did a few more words while finishing up my show, but I forgot to grab pictures of those. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as it’s fun and relaxing 🙂
I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of how I use art to relax and focus on the process! Are there forms of art that you find particularly relaxing or restorative after a hard day?