The Dream that Started It All

Updated: Dec 2, 2019


Dreams have a way of starting big adventures. When I was young, I dreamed of traveling the world; that dream (and generous support from my parents!) led to a seven-country, 21 day tour with an all-state concert band in Europe when I was 16. In college I dreamed about going on adventures, and that led to leaving my Midwest roots after college, and living in Atlanta and Denver for 3 years and 4 years (respectively), before coming back home to settle down.

And there was also a dream that started my calligraphy journey. Before I ever picked up a dip pen, or knew a single thing about lettering, I dreamed about creating my own hand-made version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Does this surprise anyone?? I didn't think so! 😂

Now, this idea definitely didn't originate with me! It all started when I stumbled upon an internet article about an Art Student named Benjamin Harff, who decided to hand-illuminate and bind his own version of The Simarillion, for a college exam.

You see pictures of his work, and the 2009 interview with Benjamin here. Seriously...check it out!

Benjamin's project sparked my imagination. I wanted to do something like that! I started scouring the internet for anything I could find about what it takes to learn the arts of illumination and bookbinding.

My research led me to the Instagram account of Elaine Rasher (@thebrushandquillak), an extremely talented and calligrapher in Alaska. At the time, Elaine was working on an ambitious project to create an entirely hand-lettered version of The Hobbit. (I'm sensing a trend with my fellow Tolkien fans here!) Her pictures were absolutely gorgeous, and my resolve to create my own handmade, hand-lettered book kept growing. I began to look into how to learn calligraphy, and so it all began!

(You know the story from here...if not, click here to read more!)

This dream kick-started my adventures into calligraphy, and I haven't forgotten about it these seven years later. The drive to create my own hand-bound, hand-lettered and illuminated Harry Potter book is still in the back of my mind. While I haven't started work on the book quite yet (a bit of that fear at work, just like I talked about a couple weeks ago!), I've been building up both my calligraphy skills as well as my bookbinding skills in the hopes of bringing this dream to life. I can't wait for the day that I put pen to paper and start digging in on this project!

And it's coming soon! I've got big plans for 2019, and if I keep my focus and overcome my fears, you may just see some more mentions of this dream in future blog posts!

So help a sister out! What dreams do you have, that are just waiting for the right moment to come to life? I'd love to hear about your dreams, and be inspired to overcome my fear of taking that first step. Tell me all about it in the comments below!

#Behindthescenes #PotterProject #practice #modernpointedpen #Calligraphy

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