THE LOVELY LITTLE LIGHT STORY
Before you hear about me, I want to tell you that no matter your age, if you are an aspiring letterer/calligrapher, I encourage you to take the leap and JUST START. You don’t have to have the fanciest tools or the most expensive paper. Simply be patient, give yourself time to grow, and most importantly, practice. As a busy first-year middle school teacher, small business owner, and lettering workshop host, I encourage you to take time to slow down and try lettering.
I have always had a love for pretty letters. By the age of two, I was writing my name on everything. In elementary, I loved to make my letters "extra fancy" and my mom remodeled our basement to have an art room, which was where I spent the majority of my time. I started developing a true love for creativity. By the time I was in middle school, my notes were taken with care and consideration for the design rather than the content. However, through high school, I got busy with sports and put to rest my love of art due to a lack of time. It wasn’t until the winter of 2014 that I decided to learn more about the skill I loved so much.
While playing basketball in college in 2014, I realized that there is not much to do over winter break when everyone was away from campus. My schedule that December consisted of basketball practice, weights, conditioning, eating, sleeping, and a lot of Netflix. But there is only so much Netflix one can watch. This was when I picked up some paint and canvases at my local Walmart and decided to make canvas quote paintings for my family for Christmas. From there I made gifts for those on the basketball team, and then made signs for my dorm room and even signs for those who lived on my dorm floor. Canvas painting and hand lettering became my favorite hobby for about five months. After more and more practice, and so many requests to sell my work, I decided to let go of my fear and launch my business, Lovely Little Light.
Starting a small business has not been easy, especially while in college. But, God has blessed my business in many ways and I have been blessed to work with the sweetest clients! Since starting my business I have grown from canvas painting in my college dorm to developing a style of brush calligraphy, lettering on a wide variety of mediums (paper, wood, glass, mirror, acrylic), making large wedding signs and products, designing stationery, creating hand-lettered custom apparel, writing a calligraphy workbook and teaching lettering classes. I am excited to see the ways this hobby of mine continues to grow and develop.
Thank you for supporting this creative business of mine. I hope to create something for you soon!
Ana, owner and designer