Monday, 27 October 2014

Improving My Handwriting

Like a lot of people I don't love my handwriting. A lot of the time it looks like an 11 year old child's writing (not true, many of the 10 and 11 year olds I taught had better handwriting than me). But I'm working on improving it, and like most things in life it's going to take a lot of practice!

When I take my time my everyday handwriting can be legible, but if it's not in my planner or not likely to be read by someone else it can be mistaken for chicken scratchings. What I really want my handwriting to look like is the elegant script of my Nan and Great Nan. Obviously when they were educated the style that was popular at the time was far more cursive. There were elegant loops and joins and it was just all round more beautiful!

After watching a fantastic video on hand lettering by Made by Marzipan I decided to set about teaching myself a new style of hand lettering, and I'm hoping the skills I learn will filter down to my everyday handwriting!

Whilst watching a course on Typography I saw Bickham Script Pro and it was love at first sight! I knew this was what I wanted my writing to resemble. I downloaded the glyph pdf from Adobe and set about trying to recreate the strokes in my own hand. Ideally I would have liked to start by printing the pdf and tracing the letters to get a better feel of the strokes but having no printer that was not an option. Instead I grabbed a line card and a blank piece of paper and set about recreating it the best I could.

Using a ballpoint pen leaves a lot to be desired so I have since ordered the Yasumoto Calligraphy Chisel Tip Markers from Amazon (3pk $6.33) after they were recommended by a lovely member of a Facebook planner group. I'll be sure to post another example as soon as they arrive.

The practice is a slow process but quite enjoyable, as you can see from my first attempt I'm very much lacking consistency in my letter formations. I'm hoping though that this will improve as I figure out how to construct the strokes correctly. It will never exactly resemble Bickham Script, but that would defeat the purpose of handwriting, wouldn't it?

Have you ever tried to improve your handwriting using a computer based font? What font did you choose? Let me know in the comments below.


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