04/29/14 By Beth Bauer
"I truly believe that everyone has the ability to create beautiful things." ~Jamielyn Nye
There's something about Pinterest that leaves me feeling enamoured and intimidated at the same time. I've often pored over other people's eye-catching Pinterest boards in awe, but never worked up the "courage" to start my own. I've fallen in love with too many DIY projects to count, but always felt most of them were a bit out of my league artistically. That all changed when the new Pinterest Perfect! book arrived at my doorstep. It beautifully showcases pin-worthy projects that are accessible, simple, and adaptable to any skill level.
The section featuring hand lettering by artist Molly Jacques immediately caught my eye. As a writer, I've always had a love for the written word, and Molly's exquisite calligraphy seemed to give the words a life of their own.
Art by Molly Jacques Illustration
Besides the sheer beauty of the lettering, I loved the functionality of this perpetual chalkboard calendar. It's ideal for a stylish mom with a busy schedule like mine.
Excerpted from Pinterest Perfect! Art by Molly Jacques Illustration
As someone who has only dabbled in calligraphy, I love that Molly gave suggestions for imitating her embellished script style. She likes adding extra line weight where each down stroke occurs to give more of a calligraphy feel. However, she also encourages trying your hand at your own lettering style and changing it up each month to personalize the calendar.
Along with Molly's impeccable hand lettering concepts, Pinterest Perfect! also spotlights seven other artists with specialities ranging from papercrafts to doodling to home decor. Numerous open pages throughout the book allow ample space to dream, draw, and collect your own inspiration for future projects. It also highlights ways to promote your work on Pinterest and connect with others who share your creative interests.
Spending some time immersed in Pinterest Perfect! has inspired me to look for ways to incorporate simple, beautiful crafts into my everyday life and embrace the experience without feeling intimidated.
What is your favorite type of hand lettering project? How have you used Pinterest to develop your techniques?
Beth is a freelance writer residing in Fishers, Indiana with a background in print journalism. Her full time job as a stay at home mom allows her to explore the beauty of art and life through her two young daughters' eyes—one finger painting at a time.
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