Be Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New | Free Download

Honestly, how is it already October?? I'm sorry I've been such a stranger around these parts...

You may have noticed my Instagram feed has been pretty quiet lately, too. There's been a lot going on behind the scenes - especially with Gather + Create, as well as working on some exciting new projects with my new friend, Shelly  (<-- I helped design her website!) and on a more personal note, dealing with some unpleasant dental work (unfortunate side effect of my past baking life...sigh).

But that's not why I'm writing. I've been meaning to share a little design I created weeks ago on the iPad (download the free phone wallpaper below!) --

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This quote by Jon Acuff has been my anthem of sorts for the last few years. Ever since I read it, I knew I had to letter it (see below for the two previous versions). The three styles are completely different from one another, and somehow the 2016 iteration has been saved/pinned over 2,000 times on Pinterest in just the last 3 months alone.

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I don't share this to toot my own horn, but as an encouragement. In 2016, I was only ONE year into my calligraphy journey, still figuring out my style and still had SO much to learn. I remember being quite proud of this piece - I had tried a new style - a bit edgier and looser than the neat, controlled look I had grown used to. 

With this newest version, I opted for a monoline, modern script and stepped out of my comfort zone by adding some modern abstract shapes/illustrations. Which, are actually just Procreate brushes/stamps that I purchased for the iPad Pro. Drawing shapes other than letters still scares me, but I was a little braver to try a new design style after taking a freestyle drawing workshop over the summer.

We all have to start somewhere. To be brave enough to even try something new, to take that first step and be okay with being bad at it - no matter what it is.