The Someday Art Club - What it is and how it came to be.
In September of 2015 I was working at my first “real” job (a 9 to 5 schedule was the dream to me at the time) which had started as a promising opportunity and quickly turned into a vortex of misery. A friend of mine mentioned in passing that she was planning on taking a calligraphy class that fall. Despite being a lifelong artist, I knew nothing about the world of calligraphy & hand lettering up until that moment. My birthday was approaching, so I asked for the calligraphy course to be my gift. I turned 26, and was enrolled in a 6 week long beginners’ pointed pen calligraphy class.
As soon as I started, it clicked that calligraphy was the next logical step for me artistically. Drawing and painting has and always will be my first love, but the written word has always been important to me as well - I’ve always loved literature and had a strong affinity for song lyrics. I’m an extremely emotional person (read: blubbering lunatic) and certain words and quotes have the ability to stir up my feelings possibly even more than visual art.
I practiced the calligraphy techniques that I was taught dilligently. The course ended and I continued my practice. I spent my days at my office job looking forward to getting home, pouring myself a glass of red, putting on a perfectly-crafted playlist and sitting down to work on my calligraphy skills.
I continued to follow the progress of my fellow students on Instagram & Facebook, and I noticed something. Other students who continued to study from the same materials or take classes from the same teacher over a length of time, tended to all have a very similar style. Sometimes it was difficult to discern whose work was whose. I’m not saying that to be mean or negative, as their work is beautiful and impressive and I commend the dedication it takes to practice in that way. I admire people who are disciplined and methodical. I’m impatient, messy, and nothing I’ve ever done in my life has been perfect, or even remotely close. I know that about myself, and sometimes I try to fight against it, but mostly I just try to embrace it. So I made the conscious decision to let my calligraphy be truly my own. As practice, I would letter the titles of Lana Del Rey songs, quotes from my favourite show Six Feet Under, etc (basically I let my dark and twisty soul make all the decisions) - I would switch between using an oblique nib holder, a straight nib holder, a paintbrush, etc. I tried lettering with ink, gouache, and watercolours. Now, I feel comfortable lettering in a variety of different styles and with a bunch of tools. My ovals almost never look the same. I don’t really worry about it. It feels good.
Fast forward to May 2017 - I had made the (somewhat reckless) decision to quit my stable graphic design job, and had been running Someday Art Co full time for 8 months. I was finally starting to gain some traction and people were starting to know who I was and notice my work. I got a few inquiries about whether or not I taught calligraphy - the idea absolutely terrified me - partially because I’m an introvert, and partially because I didn’t feel like I was experienced enough to have any business teaching anyone else calligraphy. So I referred people to my own calligraphy teacher (who is wonderful, by the way). But I did start to think about teaching, and I figured I would feel comfortable teaching others to do something that I’ve been doing since childhood - painting.
I decided to combine two of my favourite things - wine and watercolour - and teach beginner watercolour classes featuring free flowing wine and of course, lots of snacks. I started by explaining that I wanted to teach my students technique, but that I wanted them to feel free to use their “artistic license” - to paint according to their own taste and not force something that doesn’t feel right. I noticed quickly that even though I was showing them all the exact same basic exercises, everyone’s work looked different. Some of them had never picked up a paintbrush before and yet they already had an inherent style that was immediately noticeable. I felt exhilarated, seeing them take the things I had taught them and translate it into their own unique artwork. I was a bundle of nerves and drenched in sweat at the beginning of that first class, and by the end I was inspired, excited (also exhausted) and couldn’t wait to do it again.
Fast forward again, to January 2018 when I finally worked up the courage to teach my first lettering class. Once again I tried to emphasize the importance of artistic license, and once again I saw that each student had their own style from the jump. It made me feel incredible to know that I was able to give my students the tools and knowledge they needed while also giving them the confidence to create in a way that was completely their own.
Fast forward one more time to now; the official launch of the Someday Art Club. This is (what I hope will be) an online community for aspiring and experienced artists alike, who want to learn the rules so they can break them better, stand out from the crowd and explore their own artistic vision.
TL, DR? The gist is that I want to help you learn that new creative skill you’ve been eyeing (calligraphy, watercolour, drawing, etc) while also developing your own style. By joining the Someday Art Club, you’ll be a part of a community of like-minded badass art babes, and you’ll learn to explore your creativity in a fun, lighthearted way with no pressure, timelines or rules. Your artistic style truly is inherent, it’s in the way you hold your pen, the things you love, and the songs you play on repeat.
I’ll be sending out occasional newsletters including tutorials and creatives resources, and hope to provide a lot more educational resources going forward. I promise to always keep it super stress-free and fun. So pull up a chair, a glass of wine and your favourite junk food and start creating with me babe!