When I heard Molly Jacques was offering an online calligraphy crash course via Skillshare I signed up immediately. I got my supplies a while ago, and suspense has been building as they’ve been sitting on my desk for the past few weeks. This week the course materials were finally available!
It’s my natural tendency to give up on anything that doesn’t come naturally to me, and calligraphy is definitely one of those things. I haven’t picked up a calligraphy pen since last year. Trying to scratch out elegant letterforms with a sharp metal pen tip gives me the same tense, clumsy feeling I get every time I put on a pair of ice skates. I find myself gripping the pen so tightly that my knuckles turn white and have to remind myself not to hold my breath. It’s nothing like the contented happiness that normally envelops me while I’m creating.
Molly’s videos are so helpful, not to mention incredibly inspiring. Beautiful letters shoot out of her pen like it’s a magic wand! I think I’ll force myself to continue through the awkwardness and fill up my whole pad of paper with practice shapes and letters. If by the last page I still feel clumsy and uncomfortable, I’ll set my pen aside knowing that I gave it my best shot. Although my hope is that at some point amidst all the practicing I’ll start to feel at ease with this weird scratchy pen. (I don’t think I’ll ever get the hang of ice skating though!)
I’ll bet some of you are also taking the course! Do you like it? Am I the only one with ink stained fingers?