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Randomness (2): Calligraphy

If you belong to the journal community, even as a read only member such as myself, sooner or later you will stumble upon the beautiful brush lettering that invades everything. I confess I watch their videos in YouTube when I'm in bed, because they're relaxing and put me to sleep (the phone ends in the strangest places in bed, once it fell down but didn't break; don't try this at home).

While I love to see their journals and all the pretty things they draw and write, I confess that it surprises me that they show something as private as a journal for the whole world to see. It makes me wonder if they would make them so pretty if they weren't for public exhibit, and how honest they are with their journaling, quotes and thoughts. It's my guess that one can't write something too private if the journal is going to be exposed to the world. You don't have to go far to find people flipping their journals to show: Instagram and YouTube are full of them. If you don't believe me, just search for "bullet journal" and prepare to enter a new world.

If you've started a bullet journal, like me (almost two years now), it's impossible not to see any kind of brush lettering in your searches for information. Of course, as soon as I saw that brush lettering, I wanted to do it. My wanting has been on hold for a while, but recently YouTube suggested me a video specifically about calligraphy, and that's how one comes across Spencerian script (or videos of spiders fighting insects; anything is possible in YouTube). That's how one ends up devoting the last hour of her day to learning calligraphy.

So far I've learned how to hold the fountain pen (achievement unlocked!), the three basic motions, the seven principles, and now I'm able to draw the letters i and u. It feels like going back to pre-school. (Oh yes, I've said fountain pen instead of simply pen. I love me some writing with a fountain pen).

One thing that I would have not expected is that by holding the fountain pen correctly, it's actually easier to write in cursive than if you try to do it the way my instinct was telling me. It shows once again that your instinct might not be the wiser source of knowledge to follow, no matter what inspirational messages tell you.

Now I can't wait to be done with my day and spend that last hour with practice sheets, the fountain pen, the theory book, and my inner child learning again to write.

Because this is random, I'll go back to something I've said at the beginning. "It makes me wonder [...] how honest they are with their journaling, quotes and thoughts. It's my guess that one can't write something too private if the journal is going to be exposed to the world."

I could ask that to myself. How honest am I in these pages? Maybe they're completely honest, and they simply want to share. Because they like it, because they're happy, because a myriad of reasons I can't know for I'm not in their heads. Maybe I shouldn't be looking for another point of view when there's none. Maybe I shouldn't distrust so much of people's intentions. Maybe I should simply enjoy and stop with my wanting to find hidden intentions in all.
Posted by: Auryn Beorn on 23/03/2018 at 12:00:00 - 0 Comments

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