Bought a new calligraphy book the other day. Thought I might try using one of the new LeCarre pads for dip pen practice. In theory, I think the graph paper works great for this purpose but I’m so impatient. I just can’t bring myself to sit still long enough to learn a new letter much less a whole new alphabet…
When I was little, we had a set of encyclopedias in the house – but they weren’t just any kind of encyclopedias, they were the super fancy ones that you got from the supermarket. One book a week with the purchase of $20 in groceries. Okay, so they weren’t the best in the world, but in the back of every book, there was a section on alphabets. Each book would show the letter represented by that volume in a number of different writing styles. I can remember being perplexed by the Greek letters because I didn’t yet understand the concept of there being different written languages.
All of my writing, including what I sometimes add to my art, is a grand mix of lettering styles that I’ve collected over the years- and that’s likely how I will use this new book. Picking out the letters I like best and mixing them all together.
Have you ever tried using graph paper to practice your writing?