I’m not the first person to lose steam after starting a project with great enthusiasm. I started doing calligraphy with the intention of creating pretty handwritten letters and little works of art to hang on our bare walls at home. But when I started seeing other people’s work and compared them to my own humble efforts, I lost my nerve.
I started unfollowing my favourite hand letterers on social media. I de-stashed some of my black paper and stopped looking at the Flourish Forum website. Packed up my supplies and allowed my obliques to gather dust inside a box under the bed.
In retrospect, I think that creating some distance did more good than harm in this case. I may have lost some all-important time honing and polishing my craft, but it also revived my waning interest, in my best rendition of absence makes the heart grow fonder, familiarity breeds contempt, etc. etc.
I’ve taken quite a liking for Bloser as of late. More on that and Spencerian script later.