Project 7

Doing Calligraphy Out in the Wild

There’s been an underlying theme this week of writing about things that actually happened last week: making Law Review, Abbey’s birthday, and a reflection of some of the books I read last week. Today’s post doesn’t fall into that category. Instead, this happened two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago, I spent the weekend with my parents. My mother, in her endless pursuit to make her life easier, was reorganizing the pantry and had some labels. She asked me to do my magic and make them all cute. After all, she’s a frequent reader of the blog, so she knows what I’m up to – hi mom!

So I gave it a go. Here’s what we ended up with:

Minus my test stickers, I was pretty happy with the execution. It’s always going to be difficult to write in white on a slick surface, but I was patient.

This was also my first attempt at doing my own thing. Because I am a beginner, I pre-space the sheets I do calligraphy on and really focus on consistency. Calligraphy isn’t really a font, it’s a way of writing. It’s focused on letters that are spaced evenly and sized the same.

I did prepare my sloppy little font ahead of time.

Now, I was running out of ink (let’s call it an ink explosion from the hot, humid weather), but you can see what a difference the surface can make.

My font ended up being something similar to the font I had been learning:

But I think I added a little personality from that. All in all, it was exciting that someone trusted me enough not to mess it up. I’m not sure what my point is today, but maybe one day I’ll get to do wedding invitations?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: next up is learning a new more cursive-heavy font. Stay tuned!

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