I recently took a workshop from the lovely Courtney of Courtney Casper Letters on using the aqua brush. And I fell in love. I love everything about the aqua brush, from the loose, almost messy way it writes, to the fact that I feel more like I'm painting letters than painstakingly trying to make them perfect. And then she said the most magical thing:
Handlettering is a HUMAN art.
If you want perfection, use a font. And suddenly my inner perfectionist sighed with relief. All those free and messy and real letters I see out in the world that I love...I love them because they feel human. They feel raw. They feel like a tiny peek into that person's soul.
I will draw you the most beautiful letters I can. And we can revel in the humanity within them. I'm still a perfectionist. The style and layout will be on point. But like a photograph can't quite capture the tangible, touchable beauty of a person's face, a font will never be able to capture that uniqueness of a letter drawn by hand.
Then...just as my mind was blown by the impact of actually being human in my art...she told us about the project of her heart.
The Love Note Project.
And I realized I want to take up the torch.
It's such a simple thing. We all know someone who is hurting. We all know someone who can use a tangible, hold-in-your-hand reminder that they are LOVED. Reminded that there is someone out there who is thinking about them. Maybe it's you. Maybe it's a family member. Maybe a co-worker. Maybe it's John at the checkout counter at your local grocery store. The point is, we all need that reminder.
How does it work? Click that button up above, and submit a name, address, and a couple words about the person, and I send them an anonymous love note. It looks like this (though each one is done by hand, so they are all different):
It's that easy. Who in your life can use a little extra love?
You can see more love notes and their stories on Instagram with the hashtag #ourlovenoteproject.