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Live Encore: Lettering Affirmations in Your Journal

teacher avatar Amanda Rach Lee, Artist

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10 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:17
    • 2. Why Use Affirmations

      2:30
    • 3. Brush Lettering Tips

      7:25
    • 4. Practicing Difficult Letters

      5:21
    • 5. Planning Your Journal Spread

      6:21
    • 6. Lettering Your Affirmations

      8:15
    • 7. Adding Details & Doodles

      5:06
    • 8. Creating Space for Journaling

      5:12
    • 9. Q&A

      2:04
    • 10. Final Thoughts

      1:42
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Learn how to incorporate affirmations into your art journal—and letter them beautifully!

Artist and YouTuber Amanda Rach Lee has found that using affirmations in her journal is a powerful self-care practice—and wants to share that with you! In this 45-minute class—recorded using Zoom and featuring participation from the Skillshare community—she’ll not only talk about why affirmations are valuable, but also how to incorporate them into your art journal. 

To start, Amanda will quickly go over some brush lettering tricks and drills to prep you for writing out your affirmation in your journal. Then, she’ll talk about the power of affirmations to train your brain to be more kind to yourself, and how to choose an affirmation that speaks to you. Finally, you’ll work together to create a journal spread inspired by your affirmation. Along the way, students who participated in the live session were able to ask Amanda questions, giving you even more insight into her process.

Great for artists and journalers of any skill level, you’ll walk away with a beautiful spread and hopefully a greater appreciation of yourself. So grab your notebook, pens, and stationary items, and get ready to write out all the reasons that you’re great!

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Amanda Rach Lee

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Amanda Lee (AmandaRachLee) is a Toronto-based artist and digital content creator. She posts videos each week on her Youtube channel, focused on doodling, journaling, and sketching. Her planning videos have become a quick favourite of her 1.9 million viewers, as she incorporates her delightful doodles into her creations each month.

She wants to encourage people to add creativity into their everyday lives, while showing them that art can be fun!

You can explore more at youtube.com/AmandaRachLee

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1. Introduction: I think affirmations can be a very powerful and important tool in your life, whether that be written in your journal or just something that you say to yourself verbally every morning. It can really reinforce positive thinking in your mind. Because I feel like we all get sucked into these negative thoughts and they become self-fulfilling prophecies. You're training your brain to be more kind to yourself and positive is a really good thing. Hi, I'm Amanda Rach Lee, I'm an artist, YouTuber, and small business owner. I teach people on the Internet how to draw and corporate doodles and just be creative in their everyday life. Today I'm going to be teaching you guys how to incorporate affirmations in your journal. We're going to be creating an art journal spread using calligraphy, doodles, and I'll be teaching you guys how to create a composition that looks really nicely in your journal that also incorporates those letterings. I'll also be teaching you guys some tips and tricks when it comes to brush lettering and calligraphy. I wanted to do a workshop about affirmations because it's a practice that I've been incorporating into my daily life and have really been seeing positive results. I think of it like mental exercise and I really like to incorporate all of those things in my journal spread so I can be reminded whenever I open up my notebook. For this, you will need a few things. First off is a notebook or a journal. Even if you don't have a note book or a journal, you can just use a piece of paper and then various stationery items. So I will be using some brush pens today. But other than that, I just have various pens, markers, washi tapes to add little decorative touches for my journal spread. I hope that after taking this class, you just feel encouraged to incorporate affirmations in your daily life, whether it's written on a journal spread for even just saying it to yourself verbally. Also like always, I feel like being creative in your everyday life can have a lot of mental health benefits. As a note, this class is actually originally recorded during a live session where I got to interact with viewers and teach viewers live. So grab your notebook and piece of paper as well as your pens and stationery and let's get started. 2. Why Use Affirmations: Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us for this live session. My name's Katy, and I am a producer with GoShare, and I'll be hosting today's live session. Without further ado, Amanda, I'll hand it over to you. Why do you feel affirmations are so important and a useful part of journaling? Affirmations is something that I've been integrating in my life recently, as I mentioned. I think of it as mental exercise. If you look, we always focus on exercising our physical body but not our mind. I know it might sound like affirmations seem a little frivolous or may not help, but I've really noticed the difference of me telling myself thing. if you guys don't know what they are, they are positive, affirmative statements that you tell yourself. Oftentimes, when we have negative thoughts, we repeat them to ourselves and they become self-fulfilling prophecies in our life. You talk yourself into believing things. I feel like, if you train your mind to switch over into a positive thought, it ends up manifesting itself in a beautiful way and just bringing that positive energy into your life. I just think of it as mental mind exercise is the best way I can put it. Awesome. What do people need to have with them if they want to join along with you today? I have a dotted journal. This is my own dotted journal from [inaudible] , but you can use pretty much any piece of paper. It doesn't even need to be in a journal, honestly. It can just be on a piece of paper. If you want to follow along with the lettering exercises that we're going to start off with, brush pens would be great. I have so many, too many. As you can see, they all fell down. These are just regular brush pens. If not, you can have some extra fine liners and markers. I also have some washi tapes that we can add in. But as I mentioned, this is very personal, similar to the art journaling class that I did on Skillshare recently. If you don't have everything that matches up, that's totally fine because the spread is going to end up being very personal to you, and I just want to give you guys some general ideas for this type of spread in your journal. 3. Brush Lettering Tips: Before we get started, I want to share some of my tips and tricks for improving your brush lettering in calligraphy. We'll start with some exercises. If you aren't familiar with brush lettering, it is just as the name suggests, lettering with your brushes and some tips that I have. First of all, if you are specifically looking for that classic brush lettering style, I would really suggest trying to exercise this shape, which I'm going to show you, where you go lighter on your upstroke and then press harder on your downstroke. It gives you that variation in line. When I first started brush lettering, I literally did these waves in my journal a bunch, and it really helps you train your wrist to change that pressure. It looks crazy, but it's also fun to just like swatch your pens like this and make sure you can change the speed as well. As I mentioned, just really getting thin on those up strokes and then thick on those down strokes. I would say, I feel like a lot of people struggle with the angle to hold your pen at. I'm not holding it as you can see really perpendicular, I'm really holding it at an angle where I can get a thin stroke as well as a thick stroke if I press down. You really want to make sure you're holding it almost a 45-degree angle, I would say. Yeah, so those are some good exercises. Other than obviously practicing every individual letter in the alphabet, I really recommend that you guys practice random sentences. When I first started, I would just do cursive sentences of anything, and that way, you're used to connecting letters in a more natural way than just practicing individual alphabet letters. I'll show you. If we start with the letter A, you can see that same shape here in the lettering, but I feel a lot of people would try practicing individual letters but then do not know how to actually connect them. In your spare time, obviously, we don't have too much time today to go through a lot of different lettering practices, but in your spare time, I would try practicing a lot of different words. You can also try practicing with a lot of different pens and stuff. This is the classic brush lettering pen, but I do have some smaller ones which helps you change up the style. This one is really small one. I don't know, maybe lettering, so you can see it gives off a really different style and especially in your bullet journal, you can swap those out. If I have any friends in here who don't have brush pens, which is totally fine, there is a little trick you can do with a regular fine liners. So if we're writing the word dog in cursive, we're trying to mimic the downstrokes, the thicker downstroke. All you have to do is ticking the downstrokes and repeat. Your lettering does obviously take a little bit of extra time, but it gives you that same look. There's always ways around it, even if you don't have all of the supplies available. In terms of other lettering styles, my favorite thing is to just look up inspiration from a bunch of different lettering artists because there are of course, a ton of different styles, whether you want to do it more elegantly, you can slant it more lettering. Once you get used to changing up your letters, you can really alter it to change the vibe of pretty much anything you are doing. If you want to change up the baseline of where you're putting the letters, it also gives you a different vibe. You can also change the style of your letters, like for the letter S. There's like a ton of different ways to write the letter S. My personal favorite is like that. You can write like that. So you can really change up a lot of things and those are the elements that really give you a unique lettering style or a handwriting style. Amanda, you were saying about looking at some inspirational, where do you go to for that? Do you have certain people you go to or you just look in general Pinterest, that sort of stuff? Pinterest is obviously a great resource. I'm sure a lot of you guys have been on Pinterest already and see a lot of it. Instagram is great. There are also a bunch of lettering artists available now. Some of my favorites actually, I do know that a bunch of them are Skillshare teachers. I think there's lettering specific Skillshare teachers that would be awesome. Peggy Dean is one that comes to mind on Instagram. I love the greater good, which is more of a graphic style letter. Yeah, there are so many different styles, and that's what's great is you can really see what you like from individual artists style and incorporate those little things into your style so that it creates your own new style if that make sense. Just one more before we move on. What about for the wrists? Because I imagined some practicing and that stuff. Some people are mentioning that they can get tied quite quickly. Any little tips for that? Yeah. That is something that I also struggle with. The classic thing start out really neat and then they end up getting messier and messier. But I'm actually not pressing too hard, which I feel like, when you're putting a lot of pressure that might tire your wrist. But I'm really actually keeping it pretty loose with my wrist and that's why you don't hear a lot of marker noises when I'm writing. That's why I can actually go pretty fast as well. A lot of people feel like you need to press really hard in order to get those thicker downstrokes, but the tip is to actually just practice getting really light handed on upstroke so you don't need a press as hard on the downstroke in order to get that variation. Because if you're pressing harder on the upstroke, then you need to also press extra hard on the downstroke so that you get the difference in the contrast in thickness. Whereas you want to go for that so that you don't need to be as intense about it, and maybe that'll help with the pressure on the wrist. 4. Practicing Difficult Letters: I know there are few letters in the alphabet that can be a little bit difficult to letter. I'll show you how I personally letter those. K came up a bunch and X and Q. K, X, and Q, those were also my very struggle ones here. I really like, as I mentioned, there's a lot of different ways to letter your each individual, there are so many different styles. What I have found helps with K is actually doing this type of style. What's a word that has K? Maybe the word black. I feel like a more standard style would just be like this. What I really like to do with letters that go up like this are to add really fine flourishes to it. In this case with black, I would do a loop and then go into the letter. Then again with a loop. Then with k, it's very similar. Just making sure that your slants all match up, maybe that would help a lot too with k because I know sometimes the k slant can be a little bit different. In this case you can either add a loop to k where here we did not, and then bring it down. Add even more flourish to it. There's so many different ways you can do it. I've seen people go really all out with their flourishes and add things and keep going and make things really fancy. What other ones do we say, X? Yeah. Fox. For me I go like this and then just look it up like that. X is pretty simple actually. I know it seems complicated, but that's how I do it. Again, there's probably thousands of ways to write each individual letter. Pinterest would be a good way to actually look up different styles of letters to see what you would prefer. I'm sure you can look up x cursive styles or something like that if you just input individual letters. For Q, I actually don't write out Q that much now that I'm thinking about it. But if we write out quiet, Q is pretty similar to P where you would just, I would probably add that loop because I like the look of, because you can feel like adding loops to everything. That's probably how I would do Q. Great. Z with the last one if we just,. Yeah, Z is a classic one. I also don't have that many opportunities to write out Z. Here's the thing. With watering, it might not be like the traditional way that you were taught in grade school or maybe like the traditional way that people always wrote Z. I'm Canadian, so I feel like you said see, anyway. The classic way is like this, but personally I actually don't really like the way that looks. I take creative liberty on this. If we're writing out Z, maybe I will just go like this and not even connect it, which is fine. Sometimes I think people think they have to connect every letter. But taking breaks in between each letter in a word can actually be a creative choice. You can also have a little tick there. What I mean by this, is like, let's say for example, if we go back to the word black, I could connect the b like I've done here, or I could actually just start a new letter here. If you see, it adds a different style to it, taking breaks in between instead of connecting everything. There's so many different possibilities with lettering. Every little decision can change up the style of your word at the end of the day. Basically I think just to close off this lettering section, practice does make perfect. I know that sounds really like a cliche, but it really does. Keep in mind guys that I've been doing this for four years, and if you watch my old videos, you'll see such a difference in my lettering style and an improvement over the years. So it really is gradual, and you do have to make sure that you are lettering different words and incorporating it in different ways, and don't be afraid to experiment with your lettering styles because that'll be where you evolve your style and build and develop everything naturally. 5. Planning Your Journal Spread: Now let us plan out our journal spread by picking the affirmation we're going to use, sketching out the layout as well as picking a color scheme. So we're going to be making our journal spread with an affirmation. Affirmations are obviously very personal to your life, so I would recommend you guys think about an affirmation that works for you. In order to do that, you can start by analyzing behaviors or thoughts and patterns that you've noticed in your life or yourself that you want to change. When we're talking affirmations, we want to think of positive, achievable and obviously affirmative present tense statements that are the opposite of those negative behaviors to combat that. In your everyday life, you can repeat those to yourself verbally. But today we're going to be writing them down so that we further cement that affirmation in our head. It can also be something nice that you look back on. A time capsule, so you can see what your brain was thinking at the time. For me, today I'm going to be writing, I am doing my best and I'm proud of the work that I'm doing because that's something that I have been trying to train myself to do. I feel like I'm always struggling to be okay. I feel like I need to do more and more, but I'm doing my best and I think we can all relate to that. So composition wise on the actual spread, it's really up to you whether you want to make it really large in the center or have different sections and maybe do multiple affirmations. But for today's purposes, I'm going to make it really nice, big and fill up space. For the color palette, I think we're getting into those bottom vibes, so maybe you like a nice red. I have a lot of colors here. Maybe some blue. When you're creating spreads, a lot of people ask me like how I make things look cohesive and the color palette. Especially if you are a beginner, stick to condensing your color palette down to a few basic colors. I'm also going to be sketching out a little bit the layout that I want to do. So once I have chosen my colors, I can think about that. I've mentioned this before, but I like to start off with the big elements on my page and then build out from there. So in my affirmation, the affirmation is I am doing my best. I want to emphasize the words my best, I feel that's the key words. At the end of the day, I want the spread to focus on that. So for those words, I would make those bigger. I'm going to go my best right in the center and then I build up from there. Of course, we have to complete the sentence. Above it, I am going to be doing not cursive, I'm going to be contrasting that with a more block letter type of font. We can also decorate it and put it in a banner, which I like to do a lot. It's a simple way to decorate a spread. I'll be doing, I am doing my best. Then the next part of the affirmation is, I am proud of the work that I'm doing. I'm going to put proud in the lettering. I think that's a good one. When I'm planning out the letter and composition, it's hard because some letters have things that dip down, but I find it's best to really work with that. So since the Y dips down here, I think there's a nice space here for the smaller part of the sentence. I'm doing my best and then now we can fit proud right underneath it. Then underneath it again, I'm going to shorten it to, and I'm proud of my work. I think that probably fits better. I think we can maybe change up the lettering style for the last part because we want to really experiment with the lettering styles and ending it off with a period because it's an affirmative statement. You guys can see how I've built out that composition here, really choosing the words that I want to highlight and focus on and pre-planning which ones would end up being calligraphy or cursive, which ones would be more regular font and we'll build up from there. As you can see, there's a lot of empty space, but there's a ton of things we can do from there. Amanda, what's your favorite go-to tools? These ones in particular, are the Zebra Mildliner Brush pens which are a good option. They're very similar to the Tombow Dual Brush pens which I feel like are a cult classic. But my personal go-to, which we'll be using later on is the Tombow Fudenosuke. These are small brush pens. There's a ton in my journal stuff and in my sculpture classes as well. Then for fine liners, these are just Sakura Pigma Microns, but these can be switched out for pretty much any fine liner. I think I've covered the most things. 6. Lettering Your Affirmations: Next, I'm going to be using my pens to finalize the composition and the lettering. I'm going to do my best in red, so we're going to get right into it here. Stick on the down-stroke. There we go. You can also go back in and maybe tweak any strokes. But this is of course a very personal spread, so I'm also not really putting pressure on myself for things to look perfect, and I really hope you guys aren't either. Again, this is mostly for yourself and also to practice lettering, doing these types of spreads is a great way to practice writing full words like we've mentioned, and just see where your spread takes you. It's okay if it doesn't end up looking exactly how you pictured it, and that's why I was really loose with my sketching and I didn't plan everything exactly out. It'll probably end up looking completely different from the sketch in the end as well. Next we have this little banner back here. This is where I think we can include, I like to really anchor a lot of my pieces with black. I feel like black really ties a lot of things together. Looking at my composition, I know that I'll probably end up using black for here, for the more basic style lettering. I also want to include that elsewhere in my composition, so I will include that in the banner here. In this case, I actually do have a white gel pen on top that I'm going to write on top of the black. If you don't have that, then obviously you can change up the banner so that it's like a lighter color, and then write with black on top. But just pre-plan depending on what materials you have. Amanda, do you have any suggestions for how someone could maybe incorporate affirmations into the bullet journals? Yeah, I always include quotes in my bullet journal spreads anyway. Maybe in any empty spaces or specific quote pages. These are really easy to incorporate. Just think of them as extra decorations. Obviously these can also be scaled down to a really small scale too, if you wanted to just include it in any empty space in your bullet journal or if you do want to, you can dedicate a page to it in your setup, if you do feel like maybe you need like a monthly affirmation or something. As you can see we've colored in the banner here, I think that looks pretty great. I'm just going to use my highlighter to really fix up any loose edges, and then we're going to go in with, as I mentioned, a white pen. Now, if you did want to plan again, you would maybe want to write it out so that it's centered. I wing things. I know sometimes it kicks me in the butt, but I feel like I really enjoy that about anything artistic is just trying things out, seeing where they go if it doesn't end up perfect, that's totally okay. I don't really like to really plan things out too intensely because this is just all for fun anyway. Do you have a recommendation for the best white pen to write on navy black? Yes. This is my recent favorite. These are Archer and all of Acrylograph pens, but some other favorites, I have a ton and I've tried almost all of them in the book. Uni-Posca for like really thick paint pens. I don't have mine right here, but it's like a Sakura Gelly Roll which are more of a gel pens. If you're looking for thinner lines, those ones are good as well. Now we can fix things up here, and then I'm going to finish off this. You can go in and thicken things up too if you want to add more of an impact, which I'm doing here. I think this is looking pretty good so far. This is where you can make decisions on color palette. Now that I'm looking at this, I thought I would do proud in a different color, but I actually really like this bold red color. In order to keep it even more of a concise color palette, I'm just going to keep using this same color for proud. These are the decisions that I make as I'm looking at it and seeing what I like about my piece as it's evolving. I'm really liking the way that is turning out. I'm going to go in here and just erase some of my pencil marks. Now that I am like really looking at this, I do actually feel like the lettering maybe could use a little more pizzazz. I'm going to go in with this thinner, the smaller brush pen that we are talking about, and we can try to spice up the lettering as I mentioned. Changing up the height or the placement of each individual letter can really change up how your word looks. I will explain here, so if we do. I wanted to make it look a bit more like free-flowing since a lot of it was, we just used regular lettering here, so I just wanted to add something else and I'm going to go in here. Perfect. Now that we have the main affirmation, this is where I would add all of the extra stuff. 7. Adding Details & Doodles: We have the main feature of our journal spread. We can start adding some details and doodles to the empty spaces to make our spread look a little bit more fun. As I mentioned, I like to start with the big elements on my spread and then build out from there. So if there's anything else I want to add around, I can or any other decorative elements. In this case, I always love adding a good drop shadow to highlight elements even further. I'm adding that underneath the banner here, maybe a nice little stroke across, and then we can even doodle around this. This is where a nice second color would be nice to just add a few extra things, so I'm going to use the blue. I always love to add some emphasis lines, so in this case, I think here, when I'm looking at the composition, I feel like if I picture almost like a square, this section is empty. So I'm going to put the larger extra accent marks there. Here I would do that. I would do like this. A lot of it in my head is just maybe things that I've justified in my head as making sense. I feel like that's a lot of art. Decisions is just, in my head, if you like, that would turn out better. But you have never actually known until you put it down on paper. Then down here again, if I'm thinking of it as like a nice square, this part looks empty to me. For me, I love drawing stars around my work. I feel like it always adds something extra and it's an easy doodle, so I'll probably doodle some stars down here. Color those in maybe, and then see now as we're building out, you can keep adding depending on what your spread is looking like. Now that I've added all of this, I'm like wow. Now this seems a bit off balance, is like you just keep playing with it to see what works. I'll probably add a little bit less up top here, but I still think some extra things can be added. Amanda, I mean you said that you like doing stars and things like that. Do you often relate your doodles to the wording or is it just whatever you fancy at the time? Yeah, sometimes I do. You can definitely do that as well. I guess depending on your specific affirmation or maybe your style of lettering, that would definitely be really fun to play with. We can include doodles all around it, honestly can really go crazy with it. For the interest of time, I won't be drawing too much here. But what I do love, a lot of people who watch my channel will know this, is washi tape, and I feel like it is an easy way to spice up any spread. In this case, my colors are pinkish-red and then blue. But I feel like blue can be highlighted a little bit more, so I'm just using a blue washi tape. These are also from my stationery collection, and with washi tape placement, I just really see what works for me as I'm placing things around. I am also in this case going to be using [inaudible] like stars here. I do have maybe like a pink star or this star. There's so many that I can be using. We love washi tapes. I'm addicted, but I'm not ashamed. Washi tape fans. Yes. I'm going to layer them. I feel like that's always fun to play with in your bullet journal. Something else that would be fun that I always like to play with is ripping paper. Again, we don't have too much time here today, but this could be nice if you want to rip paper or even include anything that has been going on in your life currently. In the past, I've included maybe ticket stubs of events that I've gone to or maybe just really pretty scrapbook paper that I love. So just really personal to you. There's really no right or wrong answer. I think that looks pretty good. 8. Creating Space for Journaling: It can be really nice to actually journal your thoughts about this affirmation. So if you do have empty space around it, we can create some space for that. If we want to really make this art journal spread similar to the Skillshare original class that I did, I would love for you guys to fill up these empty spaces here with just actual journaling your thoughts, maybe journaling your thoughts of why you need this specific affirmation, why you think it's an important thing in your life. Maybe analyzing how this has taken place in your life so far. I think that would be a really nice and beautiful way to journal your thoughts, is just having this affirmation in the center and then your actual thoughts about it all around here. Obviously, I'm not going to write out my personal thoughts on those journals. But if you do what to do that and section off, clear sections for that, that would be a great way to do so. For me, I would maybe, like on this side, if we want to add prompts here, you can use the colors that we've been using as highlights and for banners. Then another section down here, maybe. Amanda, did you have any tips for people who might struggle with the steady strokes? The straight lines? Yeah, that sort of stuff. Yeah, as you can see, I've rarely ever use a ruler in my journal. Something that, I guess, I'm known for is just never using a ruler. Part of it is I really like a hand-drawn look. I feel like there's nothing wrong with using a ruler if you do like that really clean-cut look. But personally, I really like my spreads to look like me and hand-done and custom and personal. So I do like, even if there's a little bit of wobbles in my line, honestly, I think it's really founded as character. But if you are looking to create certain lines without a ruler, there are a couple of things that you can do. Personally, here are my tips and I can actually do it with this, if we want to section out some boxes here. When I'm drawing straight lines, I will not move my wrist. My whole arm is really stiff and I'm just pulling my own towards myself, instead of like this motion or horizontal motion, I find it really easy to draw a straight line without a ruler when I'm just dragging it towards myself. Obviously having the dots on the paper really helps with that too. But that's why a lot of times in my videos and with everything else, you'll see me rotating my book so that I'm basically, no matter what line I'm doing, I'm always dragging it towards myself. That's my secret to drawing straight lines without a ruler. In this case, I'll show you guys, I guess I need to actually prove myself, now there's so much pressure. But for here, you can really go. That was pretty good. Not going. Again, rotating so that I'm always dragging towards myself. Rotate again. Yeah, there we go. Again, it's not perfectly straight, but for these purposes, I feel like it adds a little bit of character and I really like the way it looks with the whole spread anyways, because the whole thing is really personal and it's very hand-done. So I'm going to add those here as well. You obviously actually don't need to section off these. You don't need to box yourself into these if you just want a free form right in these spaces, but I just wanted to answer the question about the straight lines and actually show you guys as an example. But yeah, these boxes, you don't need to fit your journaling prompts in here. For this you can write down the actual question above. I think I said like why did I choose this affirmation in my life? Maybe what was I doing before that I want to change? Stuff like that, and you can even flip over to a new page and really write a whole thing about it, a whole paragraph, if you are really into journaling in that sense. 9. Q&A: Now, let's open it up to some questions from the audience. One thing actually, just going back to a couple of people that mentioned that with writing the letters slowly, some people find their hand shaking and they're wondering if there's any tips and tricks. Yeah. With lettering, I do know a lot of people, some people prefer to write their letters like their individual letters slower and take their time. But as you guys saw, I sped through those letters and really went with the flow. Personally, I find that works best for me because I do want them to look very natural and have, again, a flow to them. If you are struggling with shaky hands, maybe try speeding up a little bit, so that you can get into that flow because sometimes when you're too slow, it does break up that lettering. It is a flow to it almost. Try to play with the speed. Sometimes, I guess it's hit or miss depending on whether you want to be really purposeful and slow. But I tend to prefer a bit of a faster speed. Do you have any suggested practices, the writing and lettering calligraphy? Just because, sometimes I guess the same thing over and over again could be a little bit boring. Yeah, and that's why I would say the best form of practice is just to actually use it in your daily life. Maybe if you need to write down stuff in your bullet journal, maybe opt for writing it in cursive or in calligraphy, or if you need to write a shopping list. I used to do this. Whenever I had like a shopping list, I'll just write everything out in cursive so that I could practice my writing. Things like that where it doesn't need to be like you sit down for an hour and practice all the words from the dictionary for that straight hour. It can just be little things in your daily life where you integrate practice moments. 10. Final Thoughts: So that's it. I hope you enjoyed this class. I do really hope you got some inspiration from this, whether it be for your journals spreads, or just to use affirmations in your daily life. Because as I mentioned throughout this entire class, I've found it to be a really important and powerful tool in my life to making sure that I'm reinforcing those positive thoughts in my brain. We always exercise our bodies physically and I feel like not enough is focused on exercising our minds mentally. Journaling is really personal. Even though I've given a lot of tips and showed you guys, this exact spread can be manipulated and used in so many different ways in your journal. As I mentioned, if you wanted to use it on more of the daily basis in your bullet journal, maybe including affirmations on a smaller scale on each weekly spread, or just moving things around. Once you practice with lettering and just journaling in general, it'll come really natural to play with composition and play with flattering. Don't be too hard on yourself. I think the whole point of these affirmations. We're trying to be positive on ourselves. If you did create your own spread, I encourage you to share it down below in the projects sections so that we can all get inspiration from each other. If you did enjoy this class, I think you would also enjoy my other skill share original class where we talk more about our journaling. Is very similar to this, where we dive in deeper about my art journaling process, as well as includes some other exercises, and prompts for mental health and goal-setting and reflections. Thanks again for joining me. I hope you enjoy it, and I will see you around skill share.