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Two Things I Learned Today

Today was Labor Day and a holiday for me. Danny (hubby) was in Mississippi getting the dirt work started for the house we will build there when we move back home. He said he made good progress. We’re excited about being back amongst family and friends in about 5 months.

SO many things I wanted to do on my day off, one of which was to practice my pointed pen calligraphy.  I’m practicing based on copperplate, but I’m not abiding by all the rules.  I got in several sessions of practice, totaling about 3 hours. The writing is coming more easily, but I have so far to go.

First thing learned – getting good at this will take hours and hours and hours of practice.

I then switched over to practicing a more contemporary style of lettering and filled several pages with a looser style.  I was very proud of this rendering of my own name and address and set it aside to dry before filling the rest of the page.  After taking a break, I picked up my paper and, before taping it down, smoothed it with my hand.  Arrrrgh!  The ink wasn’t fully dry!

Second thing learned – Calligraphy ink takes a looooong time to dry.  Perfecting your execution is only a part of learning the craft.  You must also know your materials.

All in all, a good day at home, though.  I’m enjoying the lettering and thinking maybe I can hand letter some designs to make into stamps for my pottery once the new studio is up and running.  I think hand lettered stamps would be awesome on handmade mugs.  Yep.




Beginning Lettering

In preparation for moving after I retire from the day job in a few months, the pottery studio is packed away and in storage, which means I have more time for knitting and art.  I’ve always loved words and drawing, so lettering seems a natural choice for exploration.  My research has lead me to both hand lettering and calligraphy.

I had never heard of hand lettering.  Calligraphy, yes, but not hand lettering.  Seeing hand lettered work like this piece by Sean McCabe from got me really excited about checking it out.  It’s much like drawing because you’re drawing the letters instead of forming them using prescribed techniques, as in calligraphy.  This type of lettering makes my heart happy.  I will be watching lots of tutorial videos so I can begin practicing hand lettering.

I spent some time checking out calligraphy styles on Pinterest and actually tried out a few of them.

Beginning lettering

I’m not much on hard and fast rules when it comes to my art, so I don’t want to strictly follow the rules of a particular calligraphy style.  My thinking is to loosely follow a style that I like, using bits and bobs of it to create my own lettering style or two (or three).  I’d better get to the studio and start practicing!