DAY 13 | PHOTOGRAPHY: This is where I take my photos—behind the couch in the corner of the living room that gets a lot of natural light (luckily the couch hides this so I can leave my set up there)! My background is a white foam board sitting on top of a short wood side table with extra boards to reflect light with. And I usually take pics with my iPhone. Here’s a pic of set up, final photo, and the table (it’s one of my favorite Craigslist finds from years ago!)
DAY 14 | HOW I LEARNED: Here’s a sample of my work from when I first started learning how to letter—the page from the journal is one of my very first attempts at it! I also found an old “learn” that I lettered and it’s next to one I lettered in pencil not too long ago!
I am self taught and started by following lettering IG accounts/blogs that had tutorials and guides about 4 ish years ago. It was difficult in the beginning because I had no idea what kind of pen to use or how to hold it or what any of the rules were and it was discouraging. But I started to make progress when I:
1) Joined the #handletteredabcs challenge and practiced one letter a day.
2) Found the Zebra brush pen at Daiso and realized smaller/stiffer brush pens are more beginner friendly!
After that it was a TON of practicing, refining, and studying letters.
There’s still so much I want to learn which I think is one of the cool things about lettering or any art form—there’s always room to progress and grow and I’m looking forward to it!
PS: If lettering is something you’ve been wanting to try or you’ve dabbled but feel discouraged like how I did, I’d love for you to join me at a workshop if you’re in the So Cal area! I wanted to teach because I wanted to share the things I *wish* I knew when I first started and I feel like it’s one of those things that’s easier to learn face to face. (I’m also working on a workbook and videos for those of you who are not in the area!) To view workshop dates, click here for the Workshop Calendar.
DAY 15 | MOTIVATION AND GOALS: Atiliay started out as a fundraiser and the foundation of what I do is still built on that idea—I love the thought of creating products/workshops that enable customers and attendees to easily join me in giving back! This is what motivates me and my goal is for us to continue to give back together!
One of the ways Atiliay’s cards for a cause help is by funding micro loans for mom and dad entrepreneurs around the world through Kiva.org. Because of Father’s Day cards, Atiliay was able to lend to Denis! This is his story and a photo of him with his business.
To date Atiliay has funded over 80 micro loans in over 36 countries with your help!
DAY 16 | WORKSPACE: Here’s an old photo of my workspace at its best—see my post for Day 7 for how it actually looks most of the time! There’s also a cameo below of my two assistants, Valentine and Bernard :)
DAY 17 | WHAT I’M WORKING ON: I’ve been working on getting wrapping paper made! It’s taken quite awhile to find a printer who will print on kraft paper and recreate the design below but I have found one and am excited to move forward in the process! Stay tuned!
DAY 18 | MISTAKE OR LESSON: Strive for progress, not perfection–this is something I’ve learned throughout my journey and something I continue to work on. It’s easy for me to get caught up in making things “perfect” which is impossible and holds me back from getting things done! I love this quote and it reminds me to focus on progressing by finishing projects, putting my work and myself out there, and continuing to move forward!