This week’s calligraphy challenge was to write on the walls, to complete a piece that was tall and long or something that could fit on a wall. I submitted a project I completed several years ago in our home. It is a work of poly linear calligraphy in our foyer. Poly linear calligraphy is where you write the same word or phrase over and over again until it eventually creates a pattern. I painted the wall with eggshell paint, penciled in the lines, then wrote the letters with paint pens from ceiling to floor. I sealed the wall with polyurethane to protect it from water or dirt.
It took me about forty-five hours to complete the piece, and we have enjoyed it every day since. It took a great deal of courage to write on the walls, but I figured if I didn’t like the end result I could simply paint over it. Most people think it is wall paper when they first see it; it’s not until someone points out the letters that they realize it was hand written. It was one of those projects that taught me how to be more bold, more of a risk taker, and the end result reminds me that efforts and risks are worth it.
The days when I was working on the mural no one was home. Everyone was out of town, so I had peace and quiet to ponder my insanity. I stood back and looked at my work many, many times and often thought about stopping. I wasn’t sure if I could get it all done without going crazy, or if anyone would like it. Near the end I was pretty worn out and tried of the verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – and simply wanted it all done. But isn’t that true for most things that take lots of effort and risk? You can start off excited and full of passion, the hours and days continue, and as the end draws near you simply want to be done and move onto something else. Then you look back and can see that your idea was successful and your inner confidence can never be shattered because you did it.
What risk are you taking on right now? What big idea or small inkling is occupying your thoughts and dreams? If this wall is any encouragement, go big, do it, the work is worth the result. You won’t know until you try, so work hard and try more.