My 30 Days Of Hand Lettering challenge has ended and the most important thing I learned is something I already knew: the best way to get your creative juices flowing is to create.
Whenever I do these 30 day creative challenges (and anyone who’s doing NaNoWriMo right now will back me up on this), I am reminded of the value of a daily practice, especially the practice of creation, pure and simple. I’m not talking about ART – the polished, finished product, the shiny, hang-it-up-in-Etsy, send-it-to-the-publisher, play-it-on-stage, put-it-on-film end result of our best artistic efforts; I’m talking about the very elemental act of creation itself, which starts with putting your ass in the chair and making something happen. When you commit to making art every single day, not everything you make (or write, or compose) will be beautiful, or even good. But it will be invaluable for the muscle that it exercises in you, and for the daily reminder that yes, you are committed to living a creative life, however messy and frustrating and maddening that commitment may sometimes be.
Because, in the end, it also feeds your soul like absolutely nothing else can.
To celebrate the end of the challenge, I’m giving away art! Leave a comment on this post about your own creative practice (or about whatever else is on your mind), and just before I post again (on November 27th), I’ll choose one commenter to win a 5×7 print of any piece I hand lettered during the challenge. You can check out everything I did on my 30 Days Of Hand Lettering Pinterest board.
Six watercolor winter scenes…
and six cranky Christmas critters.
Something for everyone, and you can mix and match.
Finally, I’ve joined Instagram. I’m still figuring it out, but I love it already. If you’re there, come find me!