Draw Your Words: repeat and s-t-r-e-t-c-h

In this episode, I'll show you a useful trick for visualizing and planning how to space out your letters, using index cards or scrap paper to guesstimate the spacing for your hand-lettering.

Try making a simple painted background and practice writing a long word in your journal in different ways. At least one word should S-T-R-E-T-C-H all the way across the page.

The more lines you draw - with intention - the better your lines will be! Practice makes all the difference in the universe. Just keep drawing lines. Not merely squiggles, but lines where you "try" to do something. Maybe parallel lines, perpendicular lines, grids, flowers, invented patterns. There is no magical formula at all! Your hand and arm and mind will gradually learn how to do what you intend to do. You might not be able to "see" your progress for quite awhile, but I assure you that you are making progress. Your hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills will benefit from drawing practice. Consider your progress over the course of, say, 6 months. 

And if you are curious, here's what I did with this DEDICATION page

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