Hi friend! I’m Tiffany.
I’m the Bay Area artist behind Hand Lettered By Tiffany. I live in Hayward, California with my husband Hector & 3 children Sean, Chase & Harper.
How did my hand lettering & calligraphy start?
August 26, 2017 was when I celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary. It was an incredible day, but also a hard day. I was worn out, not just outwardly tired, but inwardly exhausted from living up to my unrealistic expectations of who I thought I should be. I was doing my best to be the perfect wife, perfect step mom, perfect employee, perfect pastor’s wife & perfect role model to young girls. Plus, we were trying to have a baby of our own. I was doing too much & felt so overwhelmed. I needed soul-rest.
I read this scripture & it became so clear to me:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)
A desire to slow down & be present was formed. I found soul-rest through the art of hand lettering (illustrating letters) & calligraphy (writing letters) in October 2017. I found myself night after night pouring out my fears, anxieties & hurts.
All I had was a pencil & notebook. I would write scripture & life giving words over & over until it it was engraved in my heart. I spoke it over myself & my family.
Hand lettering slowed me down. Each letter needs focus & is thoughtfully drawn out. I couldn’t rush drawing those letters, I had to slow down. I had to slow down all that I was doing in my life.
As my husband & I were trying to have a baby, anxiety arose again. Why is it not easy having a baby? Is something wrong with me? If God grants me a baby, I want to be a stay at home mom; but how can we afford the bills if I do that?
I prayed for a way of making income from home that didn’t sacrifice my time away from my family & ministry. The same month I was learning hand lettering & calligraphy, a friend asked me to make a few signs for her wedding. I realized this was the answer to my prayer. I created an Instagram account, started to get a few more commissioned work & the rest is history.
I’m a daughter of God, wife, mother, youth director & on my free time, I’m also a hand lettering artist & calligrapher. God has gifted me with these “titles” & I believe with all my heart, if all I do for the rest of my life is be faithful in the small details I’ve been given, that it would be an excellent life. Because just as simple strokes create beautiful letters, simple moments create beautiful lives.
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