My handwriting sucks. Like, really…it sucks. My wife tells me my handwriting looks like an 8-year-old girl’s handwriting. It’s very loopy and big and not quite developed. My cursive is even worse. It’s small and messy and just kind of sad. Unfortunately, I’ll never be a calligraphic artist, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use my handwriting in my art journaling. Your handwriting is a part of you. It is forged from years of schooling, doing homework, writing love notes, taking messages, creating labels, etc. You should never be afraid to use your own handwriting in your art journal.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your art journal is where you are able to FIND YOUR TRUTH. Your truth is who you are. Your truth is trying to find how you became who you are. Your truth is trying to find who you want to be. Your truth is trying to realize that there are some things you will never be.
I will never be a calligraphic artist or an underwear model, but I’m happy with who I am and have learned to embrace my handwriting. That being said, I constantly try to improve my handwriting. I don’t try to change my writing style, I simply try to slow down and be much more careful when writing. It makes a huge difference in my handwriting when I simply slow down.
The thing you need to realize about handwriting is that each letter is simply a shape. If you draw a circle 100 times, it will come out differently each time, but will also probably get better each time you draw it if you are doing so slowly and with patience. Handwriting is a collection of shapes.
Art Journal Prompt: Use your art journal to practice your handwriting and then cover it up with gesso and paint if you don’t like it.
Your art journal should improve who you are or show you your truth, but should never make you feel worse about yourself. Turn your ugly handwriting exercises into beautiful pages where you can just see some of your handwriting showing through and you’ll realize you’ve turned something you don’t like about yourself into a positive thing.