My Creative Goals for 2018

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We are while into January and I've shared a few of my creative goals for the year on Instagram, but I wanted to chronicle them here as well for a couple of reasons. First, for myself, because 12 months is a long time and I can easily forget the things I set out to do if I don't make a strategic action plan to not forget them. And secondly, because maybe a few of you will be inspired to join me in some of these ventures. Like Lara Casey, I don't believe that there is anything magical about January 1st. While I love the new year because it's a chance at a fresh start, we can have a fresh start any day. So no matter when you're reading this, don't be afraid to just start. 

Onto the goals (in no particular order): 

1. Practice more with a dip pen & ink while memorizing my weekly Scripture verses. 

This has been on my list of goals for a while. While I don't typically practice traditional calligraphy, I love using a dip pen & ink for my small, modern-sized bouncy style lettering. (It's one of the most beautiful ways to letter Scriptures, lyrics, vows or anything wordy & romantic.) But the fact is, I get so many questions about brush lettering that I end up spending most of my time using brush pens. So, I've decided to combine practicing my dip pen lettering with another goal of mine, to memorize 1 Scripture per week. I'm only on week 2, but I've been documenting and sharing my journey a bit. If you want to follow along, follow the hashtag #letteringtomemorize on Instagram. I'd love to have you join me! 

2. Learn how to paint loose florals with watercolors. 

Can we make a more specific goal?! Ha. But seriously, a key part in actually meeting your goals is to have clear focus and direction, so you don't waste time on things that aren't important to you. I have wanted to paint loose florals for a long time, but friends, I'm an awful painter. Really, I've tried.

I purchased this book when it first came out, but there isn't much in it on florals so I hadn't felt motivated to begin. For some reason, there seems to be a lack in online education on the specific type of loose florals that I see & love. I thought, maybe it's just one of those things that is hard to teach unless you have a foundation in watercolor fine art, so I decided that I'm just going to give it my all and work through the watercolor book as it's meant to be done. And hopefully this foundation will help me to be able to create the loose florals that I'm dreaming of. I'll let you know. If you want to follow along with this journey, you can follow the hashtag #HTHLlearnstopaint on Instagram.

3. Letter more for fun. 

This one is pretty obvious. I need to make sure that I'm finding time to letter for fun, because that's how I learn new things. If I'm constantly teaching things that I already know how to do or always do a certain way, I will miss out on the chance to evolve and grow as an artist. And friends, I don't want that for you or for me. A few of my goals are brand new things I've never done (or am terrible at), but I know that we grow through pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and trying new things. So "fun art" time is going to become a regularly scheduled thing over here. 

4. Paint a Bible. 

This is the goal that inspired this post, because to be totally honest, I really don't have time to do this right now. I knew that if I didn't write it down somewhere, that I would forget before the year is over so I am committing to it now. 

Have you seen those beautifully painted Bibles? Some have landscapes, some have florals, some have skies and oceans and they are all beautiful. I would love to try this (definitely going to find some old hardcover books to practice on first, though) and I have an idea for one that is like nothing I've ever seen. I'm so excited, but like I said, don't really have the time to work on this right now. But just because I can't get to a goal in January does not mean that I've failed, so I am going to table this one and come back to it in a few months. So can you help a friend out and remind me of this one in the Springtime?! Thanks :) 

5. Spend more time building community. 

This one is for all of us. I love that How to Handletter is a resource for so many people to find tips, tricks, step-by-step tutorials and just plain old friendly advice related to hand lettering. But I know that YOU all are the reason this community is so great. You share tips and deals and cheer each other on... it's amazingI have a few ideas to help connect more with you all and I can't wait to implement them (one as soon as February!), so keep your eyes peeled because it's going to be fun!

But for now, make sure that you are following the hashtag #howtohandlettertogether on Instagram. This is a way that you can share your lettering and have it seen by me/us, offer tips (and get them, too!) and connect with others without having to follow every account that shares lettering. I have made it a point to be super active with this hashtag and I love seeing & sharing the amazing stuff that you are all putting out there.  

Also, make sure to like How to Hand Letter on Facebook and join our amazing group How to Hand Letter - Together! if you're more of a Facebook fan. 

So, here it is. I'm committed & moving forward. Do you have any creative and/or lettering goals for this year?!