#20MinutesOfCray

Challenge yourself daily

In October of 2018, Lindsey Tierney decided she it was time to follow in her husband’s footsteps. Her husband being the Colin Tierney, aka the founder of Crayligraphy.

Are you just starting out your journey in hand lettering and calligraphy? Are you struggling to find time to practice? We get it.

The problem is finding the time. The solution is creating the time. We all have busy schedules with a million thoughts running through our heads. In order to be successful in something, you have to form a habit of deliberate practice. If you don’t carve out time to devote the effort, you won’t be any closer to goals.

This is why we came up with #20MinutesOfCray. Oh look, another pun!

 

November 2018

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Lindsey Tierney

Hagerstown, MD

Lindsey is the linchpin—the other half of Tierney Studio, Crayligraphy and of course, Colin. She makes all things work through organizing events, planning workshops and managing the day-to-day responsibilities to keep Crayligraphy alive and well!

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Q What made you want to take over the account and how did you benefit from managing it?

A For years, my home has been swamped with hundreds, literally hundreds, of papers of Colin’s Crayligraphy. I’ve watched his passion progress into amazing skill, and I have always wanted to learn the art. However, I never thought my handwriting was good enough. Colin has been preaching that anyone can learn the art of lettering with a common magic marker with just 20 minutes a day. So, it was perfect timing. I wanted to be the guinea pig to prove his theory. And not to toot my own horn, but I think proved the theory. Managing this account gave me accountability to show up everyday, give it my all, and prove myself.

Q What resources did you find most helpful?

A The Crayligraphy guide is how I started learning. It was really hard as a newbie to have my own style. This guide was a great way to learn the rules of calligraphy and then adapt it into my own style. I referenced a lot of different guides (many from Veronica Ruiz) trying to find what style I was most comfortable with and what felt most like me.

Did you really spend 20 minutes each day throughout the challenge?

Mostly, Yes. However, there were a few challenge words that I was really having fun with. On these days, I’ll admit, I spent more than 20 minutes. However, being able to get a head start on the challenge, being that it was jointly my challenge, I was privy to the words before hand. Because of this, I was able to start a little early and plan ahead, which gave me a few more days of practice time.

What do you think is the most important rule to staying consistent with your work?

Guidelines. It took me a while to break down and draw guides, but it made all the difference. They made my work SO much more consistent. They helped me slant and create cap heights for my letters. Five months later, I rarely feel the need to use them.

March 2019

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Andrew Ley

Cullompton, England

Andrew is a graphic designer from a small town called Cullompton in the South West of the UK with his wife and two young children (one of them just born a few weeks ago! 😲).

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Q What made you want to take over the account and how did you benefit from managing it?

A When Colin asked if I'd like to do the first takeover on the 20 Minutes of Cray account I was honoured to say yes, but I also felt a big responsibility. As the first guest challenge I felt this might be as good opportunity to bring all the members of the Craymunity together and help them get to know each other better. That's why I'm asking you to spend the month telling everyone all a bit more about yourself. Every day I'll be asking you to tell me something about your self; who you, where you come from, the things you like to do. I look forward to seeing your answers!

Q What resources did you find most helpful?

A Find out after Andrew completes the challenge!

Did you really spend 20 minutes each day throughout the challenge?

Find out after Andrew completes the challenge!

What do you think is the most important rule to staying consistent with your work?

Find out after Andrew completes the challenge!

 

April 2019

Coming soon!

@20MinutesOfCray Takeover

Interested in taking over our account for a month? We’ll have a form for you to fill out here soon.