Typeface on T Tuesday
I learned lettering and calligraphy
in high school, using a 'dip' pen with a
wide nib and India ink. We practiced and
practiced the Old English style, until I was
very tired of it. It was the most complicated
and had the most strokes to each letter.
Now that we use computers for lettering
fonts, it might seem unnecessary to know
hand-lettering styles, but I do enjoy being
able to draw or write almost any style
that I desire in my art journals.
Mixing up the letter styles is fun...and inventing
your own design is too!
Above, lettering 'borrowed' from the Harry Potter
movie series. I see a resemblance to the
Old English letters in the lower case lettering...
Above, an example of some lettering done
with a felt-tip calligraphy pen. Basically that
just means the pen tip is a 'chisel-shape, '
rather than a thin point on the end.
When holding the pen at an angle as you write,
on the down-stroke of each letter you get a
wider stroke than on a horizontal or diagonal.
If you've ever examined the instructions for
calligraphy, some of the diagrams show tiny
arrows instructing the calligrapher in which
direction to make the strokes for each letter.
It sounds complicated, but once you've
learned the basics, it's similar for all styles
of lettering. Above, Speedball textbook, 20th edition,
copyright 1972. I probably bought this book in
1973, and have used it off and on ever since.
These days, styles can be much
freer and you can get creative with spacing
and size of letters to suit yourself. Well, I'm
not doing a formal document or award, so
I pretty much suit myself!
When I make letters with shadows, I always put
the shadow on the right, as though the 'light source'
is coming from the upper left. A habit formed during
that practice in high-school. When you are focusing
on the lettering, however, it is rather easy to
spell something incorrectly! I try to double-check
before I ink it. But the beauty of collage and
art journal pages, is that I can paste something
right over top of a mistake!
I will be linking up with Elizabeth for her weekly
T Tuesday link party.
and showing a beverage container...
do you ever have soda for breakfast?