Thursday, March 26, 2009

dipping in

One of the coolest projects that have kept me busy the last few weeks had me focusing on penmanship.

My pal EB is getting married in May, and as a gift to her and her future husband I did the calligraphy on the outside of their invitations. I hadn't worked in pen and ink for several years, but with a little practice I got the hang of it again. Plus it was a fabulous reason to buy a bunch of new nibs and inks.

For me, the best way to hone a skill is by playing for keeps. And this project slowed me down and steadied my hand--it's amazing how few envelopes you waste by actually stopping to think about what you're going to do before dipping the pen. I played with several sizes, styles, fonts and colors before showing EB three samples I thought would work well that were inspired by the scripty font on her invites. She ended up choosing the one I liked best.


I found myself looking forward to the addresses with a capital H or W--those two are fun to do and seem prettier to me than the rest.

All this got me thinking about how bizarre it is that I type faster than I write, and when I do jot anything down, endings of words trail off in a squiggle, I often don't bother with dots or crosses, and most people can't even read my handwriting. Why bother? Everything's electronic--H even makes To Do lists on the iPhone--and I rarely have a need to bust out the penmanship. I have even less patience to do it legibly.

But there's a satisfaction that comes with taking the time to make something pretty. And about 160 invites looked awfully sweet laid out to dry. I'm looking forward to doing this again sometime.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is amazing! You are very talented.

Teej said...

Those are incredibly beautiful! I am so impressed. Especially because your description of your own normal-life squiggles pretty well describes my own, but there is no way that I could ever produce something like this.

SupaCoo said...

Wow, simply stunning! I have extreme handwriting envy. No offense, but I find it hard to believe that people can't read your "normal" writing after seeing this!

Librarian Girl said...

WOW. I am so impressed! Goh-geous.

marty said...

Those are beautiful! I briefly considered learning how to do that for my wedding, but then wrote it off as too hard. Very impressed.

naechstehaltestelle said...

I love how creative and talented you are. You also are a great friend because that looks like so much work! My hand would fall off...

Lia said...

You're quite a friend - to hand-calligraph 160 envelopes! It looks gorgeous.

datura547 said...

Wow, you are a great friend and very talented. People get paid to do this ... just sayin' ;)

weebug said...

wow

Willowtree said...

Simply lovely! I think being the namesake for a first born child is in order.

cadiz12 said...

btw, EB insisted on paying me; she wouldn't take no for an answer!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Cadiz, you are just soooo talented, you should be using all your artistic skills to make a living.

Artsy folks need to learn how to market their skills :-)