How to Set Hand Lettering Goals (and crush them!). Setting goals that will help you learn and rock hand lettering is easier than you think. Plus, THREE Months of Skillshare Premium for my readers for only $0.99!
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How to Set Hand Lettering Goals (and Crush Them!)
While I’m not much of a New Years Resolution kind of gal, I am all about setting goals. In my years as a small business owner and artist, I’ve learned that the most significant hurdle in accomplishing goals is merely setting some. Here are my go-to tips for setting goals (and crushing them)!
- Write them down. It’s that easy. I keep my goals for the year in a Google Spreadsheet. I also write them in my paper planner, so they’re quickly visible. Having the goals where I can see them motivates me to keep pursuing them. I set ten goals for myself each year, and they’re usually a combo of personal and professional goals.
- Just begin. Yes, trying new things is scary/hard/intimidating/etc. But the first step is to, well, make the first step!
- Schedule regular check-ins. I check in with my goals on the first of each month, so I can keep track of how I’m doing. Consider creating a small Facebook group with like-minded friends where you can share your goals and help hold each other accountable. I do this and love that it keeps me on track. It’s also a great place to support each other’s ups and downs along the way.
Hand Lettering Goals
How often do you browse Instagram and see excellent lettering work and think to yourself: #letteringgoals? With a little goal setting and a little practice, people will be commenting #letteringgoals on your work in no time at all!
Ideas for 2018 lettering goals you could set:
- Take one new online art or lettering class each week/month. This is mine! Taking classes is one of the easiest and best ways to get started or to develop your current skills.
- Letter one word or phrase each day.
- Create a hand-lettered font.
- Start a blog to share your lettering journey with the world.
Now that we’ve set goals, let’s crush them!
And all that involves is getting creative and making stuff. Fun stuff, might I add. I’ve partnered with my friends at Skillshare to help make this part easy for you!
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With over 18,000 classes (and counting!) to choose from, it can be hard to narrow it down. I love that the Skillshare platform lets me save my favorite classes so I can take them as time allows.
I have hand-picked five classes that focus on various lettering skills and are perfect for aspiring lettering artists.
- Waterbrush Lettering – This Waterbrush Lettering Essentials class, taught by Teela Cunningham, is such a great place to get started with this skill. I’m a big fan of Teela’s teaching style and have taken a number of her classes.
- Brush Pen Lettering – Emma is one of my favorite brush pen lettering artists to follow on Instagram. I love that she covers all the basics of brush lettering in less than 30 minutes. It’s a class even the busiest among us can work into our schedules.
- Mastering iPad Lettering – Did Santa bring you an iPad Pro for Christmas? The magic that is the trio of the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the Procreate app is unparalleled. But it can be overwhelming to learn on your own. This class by calligrapher Molly Suber Thorpe will have you rocking iPad Lettering in no time!
- Serif Watercolor Lettering – Serif letters have so much character. When mixed with watercolor, you can create some major lettering magic. And that’s why this class by Amarilys Henderson made my list. Swoon.
- Chalk Lettering – Getting hired to create a mural is one of my artistic life goals. The organic and classic look of chalk lettering makes my heart sing. Lauren Hom makes something so intimidating look doable in this class (which I’ve watched twice already)!
I started with a Skillshare free trial just like many of you. After my trial was over, I opted to pay for the Premium Membership to Skillshare. If you pay annually, it breaks down to around $8 a month. Since I typically pay $30-300 PER each online class I take, this is a crazy good deal, especially with as many classes as Skillshare offers! I’ve had my membership for about seven months now, and I still take several new classes every single month.
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I hope you enjoyed this post on How to Set Hand Lettering Goals (and crush them!)
What are your lettering goals for 2018?
Let me know in the comments!