The past few months have been a bit of struggle. A lot of trying to find my feet in the world and getting back to where I want to be. In order to improve my physical wellbeing, I started to focus a bit more on my health. Attempting to eat a little healthier, take the stairs more or walk a bit. But my physical health is also very intertwined with my mental health. To look after the latter, self-care became a priority. For me, this was finding a way to relax as well as express myself. Self-care means something different to everyone, unique to people’s hobbies and interests. For me, stationery is one of the biggest ways for me to look after mental wellbeing. After all, I did list the top Stationery Self-Care methods I recommend, which I still use to this day. And so, World Calligraphy Day could not have come at a more appropriate time. And I am super excited to be involved with it.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we welcome World Calligraphy Day into our lives. This year, on 14th August, join calligraphers all over the world. Whether you’re an expert calligrapher yourself or this is something entirely new for you, there’s plenty for you to get involved with. And yes, lettering or you know, just writing by hand, counts too.
The day itself has been hosted by Manuscript Pen Company to celebrate this beautiful art and inspire more people to get involved. So many people write emails or send an e-card. Handwritten letters or physical cards are things that are often forgotten – and yet, receiving one is often far more meaningful. On World Calligraphy Day, I implore you to pick up a pen or pencil and create something beautiful. Write a note, try your hand at calligraphy or lettering, create an illustration…
As part of the day, Manuscript Pen Company has partnered with Birmingham Children’s Hospital on campaign called “Say Something Special”, which encourages people to write a letter or even draw something to send to the children at the hospital. Whilst I am not an excellent artist, I decided to give it a go and found some very easy to follow drawing tutorials online to create three little illustrations that I’ll be sending.
I chose to draw Woody from Toy Story, Wonderwoman and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan but honestly, the world is your oyster here. The internet is full of drawing tutorials of all different levels, for probably everything imaginable. I’m definitely a beginner when it comes to drawing so if I can create something vaguely resembling their result, I count it as a win. So I highly encourage you to give it a shot. If you prefer, you can also write a letter, a message or share a story! I am also going to try and create some calligraphy cards on the day itself to send alongside these illustrations – which will literally be cards that say things in the nicest handwriting I can muster up!
To get involved in World Calligraphy Day:
- Write or create something for the ‘Say Something Special’ campaign. Send the letters or art to Say Something Special c/o Small Man Media, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL.
- Join the chat on Social Media using #WorldCalligraphyDay #SaySomethingSpecial and share your beautiful creations.
- Check out the brilliant FREE downloads from Manuscript, which offer you some craft projects for any age! You can find them on calligraphy.co.uk.