Thursday, August 26, 2010

art journaling - calligraphy

I remember when I first came to work at the Museum, my boss tested my handwriting skills. Thought that was kinda weird. Found out, I had to "burn" the call numbers onto the spine of all the new books we ordered (yes, I passed with flying colors!)

So here I am, 20+ years later, still with very legible handwriting. I thought, one way to make my art journaling more appealing is to use different calligraphy. Went to, at Tammy's suggestion, and copied a bunch of alphabets to play with. At first, I thought Times Roman was going to be hard. Especially, the lowercase letters, like "g". But after a bit of practice, anything is possible.

I think my favorite so far is Hobbiton Brushstroke.

Then there's all different symbols and patterns to play with - you could go on forever, writing.... kinda sounds like me...

I went over to BookMooch, to try and find a calligraphy book, but there's not many around. Almost had one but then the person decided she didn't have the money to ship it. The only thing available was a book on writing Japanese characters. I'm mooching that! Thanks Lee! And if you don't know about BookMooch, and enjoy reading and libraries in general, it's worth your while to go and check it out.

This post is in response to Daisy Yellow's Creative Experiments #15: August! a personal challenge "to practice hand printing the alphabet using fonts as source material..."


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun! I'm glad you're sharing parts of your art journal with us :)

BeadedTail said...

I like the one you chose! I loved learning calligraphy is school. I think it was the only time I had good handwriting. Now it's so bad I can hardly read it.

Anitra Cameron said...

Ooooh... Two new websites that look very much like they need exploring!

And it never would have occurred to me to try to imitate fonts with my own handwriting. You are just Too Smart!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

I, hands down, have the worst handwriting LOL.

I think thats a great brush stroke that you chose.

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