One thing I have been stoked to discover in practicing hand-lettering is the richly creative and diligent community of letterers beyond myself! In particular, the amount of people seeking to illustrate life-giving words with their handiwork. I don’t have to search too far to find scripture in calligraphy or watercolour; wrapped up in ligature; ink on paper pouring forth speech in a new way. I’m thankful for the generosity of those who use their gifts to lift others up by sharing God’s Word in this way. I’m thankful to be part of such a community.
A few of my favourite letterers sparked a little project via Instagram called 30 Days of Bible Lettering, open to anyone, to hand-letter one verse every day for the month of April. I immediately decided to sign up, then backed out, then talked myself around, bought a fresh notepad and pen (any excuse!) and jumped in. I haven’t practiced my lettering daily since doing the Messiah series several years ago, so I doubted my ability to follow through with the challenge. I also have been struggling with perfectionism in my work. So this challenge is a discipline for me on a number of levels: to commit to lettering each day (not to mention daily soaking in scripture) and to share unedited hand-drawn work (all my work is hand-drawn but I will often digitise it and in the process tidy up spacing etc.). I want to resist perfection in my own work while embracing and lifting up the perfection in God’s Word (Psalm 18:30).
I’ll be sharing my daily verses here, but make sure you check out all the other beautiful work on Instagram using the hashtag #30daysofbiblelettering!