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Hand Lettering and Watercolors
Because I was “forced” away from my desk by the fire evacuation last week, I had plenty of time to wander around San Francisco and explore anything I wanted to explore.
So one place I went to was my favorite art supply store, Flax. Now last time I went to Flax it was a huge store filled with all kinds of papers and leather binders and pens of all types—just an art supply wonderland. While in the past I wasn’t the type of artist who draws or paints, the materials themselves always inspired me, especially all the papers.
Alas, today that palace is gone, but they do still have a store with many lovely art supplies and accessories. And because I had time with nothing else to do, I could spend as much time as I wanted to just look at everything.
I found myself most interested in the book section, and in particular books on hand-lettering. I have always loved beautiful letters but didn’t understand the various types and styles of handwriting, calligraphy, and hand lettering. It turns out that hand-lettering involves actually drawing the letters instead of writing them, so it’s like drawing a flower but you are drawing a letter.
I ended up buying three books about hand lettering, two books about color, a book on drawing and a book on watercolors.
Something just woke up in me that I could do this.
When I first started Lifely I wanted hand lettering and I also wanted hand-drawn illustrations, and I wanted to make them myself. I want my hands on my lifely websites. And because there was a fire and an evacuation I came to San Francisco and found the books I needed to find the art that will come from my own hands.
I just love this.
I didn’t have watercolors, but the watercolors at Flax didn’t speak to me. The next day I found out why and was happy I didn’t buy them.
DEBRA REDALIA, Co-Founder of Lifely, has been researching and writing about lifestlye topics for more than forty years. After her first book on nontoxic consumer products was published in 1984, she went on to be the leader in this field as Debra Lynn Dadd. In June 2019, she retired from writing about toxics and industrial consumer products to establish The Lifely Group with her llifepartner and soulmate Larry Redalia. This next step into life beyond industrialization is the result of a lifetime of research and making lifely changes in her own life that have given her greater health and happiness.