Enjoy the Imperfect

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There are so many reasons I should not have posted this graphic. For one thing, I don’t even know how to do calligraphy properly. Yet, here I am posting this for anyone to see! Not only that but I tore the paper too close to the bottom edge so it’s not centered. But you know what? This graphic makes me happy every time I look at it because I know how much I enjoyed creating it. I have this lovely book on Modern Calligraphy and it has some wonderful examples and practice exercises in it. IF I were a patient woman I would have waited until I completed these most valuable lessons, and achieved some kind of fluidity in my penmanship. I am pretty patient when it comes to people, but in the last couple of years….this last year especially, I am becoming much less patient with things that I realize DON’T REALLY MATTER.

Do you care that the “o” in my graphic is way higher than the “n”?

Seriously, it does not bother me. What I think of when I look at this, is how much I enjoyed using real parchment paper. (yes that’s what it is). I delighted in dipping the pen tip into the bottle (straight into the bottle! I didn’t even pour it into another container!) of rich black ink and then swooshing it over the paper. The curves and swirls felt divine. And that “E” is just decadent. This style of writing doesn’t really even go with the little flowers in the background but I picked them because it’s a happy background, and I felt happy using my calligraphy book and pens, and just going for it.

I am happy writing this. I am happy that after years of thinking about it, and half starting it, I have this website that shows (exposes) my art and writing…..all from the heart, all imperfect. But everything you see on this site has been “en-joyed” – filled with joy.

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:10-11

7 Comments

  1. Wade B. on January 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Great read, Monica! Practice makes perfect. My mother told me years ago the key to lettering and Calligraphy is to keep the pen on the same angle … no matter what your hand desires to do differently. It’s a refinement of my bad habits from sketch/drawing and stroke of the paintbrush. My desire to become better at this skill is that defined urge and uniqueness leading me to have better penmanship.

    Great attitude and good for you to move forward! If you ever need inspiration check this link out from Jake Weidmann. http://www.jakeweidmann.com/

  2. myother on January 18, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Thanks, Wade! I have always loved Calligraphy and admired those who are adept at it. I’ll check out that link you shared for sure!

  3. myother on January 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Wow! Just checked out that site and his work is amazing!!

  4. Kami on January 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    YAYAYAYAYA!!!!!!! Congratulations and welcome back to publicly posting. Monica, the Lord uses you to inspire….thank you for your service to me through Him.
    No, the “o” does not bother me (and you you know about my OCD)! It’s beautiful, lovely and happy…just like you!

    • myother on January 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you Kami!!! You are so sweet And funny!

  5. Suzi on January 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Nice thoughts going into a new year of opportunities to [happily] create! I can testify too that much joy is lost when we worry about perfect results (as seen in our own eyes or by others). Thanks for sharing!

    • myother on January 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Let’s not miss out on opportunities for joy this year!

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