Last year after the art retreat my sister and I came up with the Sketchwars Wednesdays concept. It was a load of fun and I now have a lovely Venetian portfolio that is full of all the sketches we did as a part of that caper. What it really did was make drawing something I did on a regular basis and got semi comfortable with.
This year's homework assignment for me will be making letters. Mostly with a dip pen and ink, but I am not boxing myself into just those tools. No sense in that when I might want to use a brush pen, a paint brush, or a parallel pen.
I started out practicing my letters in a small composition book I got from Hammerpress just because I loved the cover. The nib sort of grabs this paper and gets caught plus the ink bleeds through so I ordered a pad with heavier paper. My sister got one and I had to have one too.
So far I like it very much. No holes in the paper from the nibs and no bleeding through to the next page.
It's sleeting here in Kansas right now. I don't care. I have a whole notebook to fill up with letters. Making letters is addicting. Writing my own name like a schoolgirl is my favorite thing to do. I force myself to write out all the letters in the alphabet and then my reward is I get to write my name a whole bunch of times.
The funny thing is I used to hate to write my name. I used to wish I had a name with different letters in it. Letters that were more fun to write. Not any more. I am simply fascinated with c a r o l.