As an art journaler I sometimes like to add quotes & thoughts to my pieces. But, like a lot of people, I find my handwriting messy and quite often end up resorting to using Photoshop to add words.
I made the background using glimmer mists and Dr P.H. Martin Bombay inks (which are permanent) along with stencils, some acrylics, gesso and modelling paste.
Afterwards I scanned it and added the quote with Photoshop.
I loved the process of making the background but I felt like I'd cheated with the words.
Then my copy of Joanne Sharpe's new book - The Art of Whimsical Lettering arrived.
It's packed full of ideas and exercises to help with your lettering so I set to straight away and began practising, practising, practising.
And after a few days I felt confident to try another quote from Hafiz on a background I'd made at the same time as the previous one.
I didn't cheat. And it turned out OK.
Do you like your writing? What books have inspired you to try something you were afraid of? What have you practised every day and then felt able to try?