Watercolor Calligraphy 101 | Workshop Recap
Watercolors and I have a love-hate relationship. I've always been drawn to their soft, effortless look, but I'm still a little bitter about the last time I tried (& failed) to become a watercolor artist.*
When I saw Creative Chics was hosting a Watercolor Calligraphy 101 Workshop (taught by the amazingly talented Emily Rose Ink), I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to face my fears of failure and try my hand at watercolors once more.
I've always liked my borderline OCD penmanship, but as Emily talked us through upstrokes, downstrokes, and legibility I realized how horrible my writing is compared to professional calligraphers (so-long distant daydreams of owning an Etsy shop devoted to selling hand-written quotes).
Add watercolor into the mix? Oh boy, I felt like I was back in elementary school learning how to write for the first time.
The most difficult part of watercolor calligraphy is maintaining that perfect balance - constantly making sure your brush is wet enough, constantly remembering to grab more paint, and constantly making sure your penmanship game is on point. I quickly discovered that my max-multitasking ability for the night was two - I could remember to get my brush wet and get more paint, but my writing looked horrendous. If I switched gears to focus on my writing, I would keep forgetting to dip my brush in the water or get the right amount of paint on my brush.
TL;DR: The watercolor struggle was real.
As fun as it was trying a new creative outlet over wine with fellow creative business owners, I will stick to using my camera and leave the watercolor painting & calligraphy to Emily and other experts.
*I was 10 years old.