Be Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New

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 —

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.

Thankful Thursday | Free Wallpapers

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"Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world." — Miyamoto Musashi

I get stuck in my own head a lot of times worrying about this or that but when it really comes down to it, thinking of others, doing good, and being in community is what brings me joy.

I'm so grateful to be able to share the art of brush calligraphy with others and spread the joy of creating in the form of workshops, as well as creating art for others. 

Although my idea of art may be rather simple and minimalistic, it's the heart behind it that matters. A thoughtfully captured photo, overlayed with a hand-lettered word or phrase is enough to be considered art to me and that's what I aim to share.

In this season of thanksgiving, I just want to take a moment to thank you for taking the time and effort to follow and support my creative journey. It means more than words can say! 

So, as a token of my appreciation, I've created a few new freebies to share - three wallpapers inspired by the colors of fall.

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Free Download | Screenlock | Done is Better than Perfect

Every now and then, I will offer some of my original work free for download -images, printables, desktop/smartphone wallpapers, etc. I'm still learning as I go in this graphic design/lettering world, but practice makes progress. And practice will inevitably lead to a lot of completed work that will just sit and collect digital dust unless I share them with others. Although the pieces/designs may not be perfect, I hope they will still encourage and inspire. I've learned that some things don't have to be perfect to be shared.  Done is better than perfect.


To download, tap on image or FREE DOWNLOAD link below. Download/Save image to your phone and set as wallpaper and/or screenlock.

For personal use only. Hand lettering by lillianliming.

F  REE DOWNLOAD  | SCREENLOCK | DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

FREE DOWNLOAD | SCREENLOCK | DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

Done is better than perfect.
— Sheryl Sandberg

For the last year, I've been trying to make this quote my motto (re: blogging) but somehow I keep getting stuck. Whether it's the blog layout or the photo edits, I get overwhelmed with the idea that each aspect should be perfect - that it should look like this blogger who has properly lit, crystal clear photos or that blogger who has such a pretty & professional blog design. Ugh. Why do we put ourselves through that? 

I need this constant reminder for myself - that's why I created this wallpaper/screenlock. And the irony is that while lettering and editing it, I started noticing minuscule flaws and allowing doubts creep into my brain. So what if there are hundreds of other similar designs out there? NO ONE has my handwriting/lettering style! So what if I don't use professional/paid programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator or whatever you're supposed to use? I make do with the free ones out there, and you know what? The images I create are not too shabby for someone without any formal training in graphic design or the visual arts. 

Hopefully, this freebie will be helpful to at least one other person out there. Please give me a shout in the comments if you decide to use it - and do let me know if I can make any improvements as far as dimensions and alignment goes. I would love your feedback. Thanks!

PS. Eventually, I would like to post a tutorial or write-up of how I create my images but for now, my go-to (FREE) online programs are PicMonkey, LunaPic, and Canva.

What design tools do you use for creating graphics?