Today we celebrate annual Handwriting Day with tips on how to improve our handwriting!
Here is how I took my handwriting from elementary to artful in five simple steps:
Beautiful handwriting starts with great pens. Do you have a favorite pen? If not, it's time to find a couple!
When I sit down to write in my journal or my planner, it's not without my favorite pens. Think of pens as your magic wand to better handwriting.
For colored pens, the Staedtler Triplus are second to none from the color range to the ink flow.
For a standard black ballpoint pen, the Poppin Signature Ballpoints are tops. Plus it's doesn't hurt that they come in colors sure to match your personal brand. Of course, I snagged Paper & Glam pink. ;)
The single greatest thing you can do to improve your handwriting is journal daily. Every morning I sit down with a hot cup of coffee, my favorite pens, a journal, and a devotional to write out what's on my heart.
Find a journal that feels like a friend and tell it your secrets and prayers. Sometimes I simply hold a pen, pray, and wait in expectation for God's answer.
If my journal says hello, I got her here for 15% off!
As you develop the habit of journaling, you'll start to see patterns in your handwriting. Once patterns emerge, it's easy to focus on the words you wrote beautifully, pick out what worked about the way you wrote it, and replicate it over time.
Mind the size of your letters. It's far easier to create a uniform look with smaller letter sizing. To help with this, I recommend using a pen with a point no larger than .3 mm.
4. Slow down.
Take your time as you write. Invest the time to rewrite that grocery list. We've all got enough $1 Target post-its and two extra minutes.
4. Be patient.
Improving my handwriting took six years and ten journals of committing the words in my head and the prayers of my heart to paper. My journals sit in my office telling the story of the last seven years (2014 & 2015 sit on my nightstand).
5. Remember life is art.
As you write, listen to the sound of the pen gently scratching the surface of the paper and remember your life is art. Whether you're writing a thank you note or a grocery list, our handwriting is an artform.
Next week, we will continue discussing how to improve our handwriting in a video!