Today is the start of #The100DayProject on Instagram. It's where you try to do something every single day for 100 consecutive days and post a photo of your daily progress. I know it will be tough. I just finished up #36DaysofType and even that was hard! At first it was fun, but there came a point where it was difficult finding the time to do it and I couldn't wait for the challenge to be over. But once I got through that initial rough patch, it came more easily.
I've been writing weekly blog posts for almost a year now (go me!). I've covered everything from lettering inspiration to freelance tips, with some great interviews thrown in as well. If you're interested in learning hand lettering, check out this roundup of the most important things you need to know.
One of the most common mistakes in lettering is found within most styles of contrasted type: where people use thick and thin strokes. It's a dead giveaway showing that you don't truly understand typography. If the stroke weight isn't in the right places, your lettering will feel unbalanced. The main culprit (and my biggest pet peeve) is the capital A.
Once a Richmonder, always a Richmonder: Amy Webber may have moved away from the capital, but she will forever be welcome here. Under the name Sincerely Amy Designs, she is one of the top wedding calligraphers around...and she couldn't be nicer! Amy was kind enough to clue me in to the world of calligraphy (completely different from lettering) while settling into her new home with her husband and soon-to-be-one-year-old.