Hello lovelies! Remember the SkillShare class on Modern Calligraphy I talked about weeks ago? It was really great! Who else registered for the class? I just completed it last week, although I haven’t submitted my class project yet.
It’s been years since I last did calligraphy. I practiced on the Speedball manual when I was in grade school, but I was never able to develop the skill any further after that. Oh, I did a few “lettering” projects for my mom’s shop several years ago, but those were in the classic style (i.e. formal, like monotype corsiva or flemish script, haha).
Modern calligraphy is a fresh take, and has a distinctly uneven baseline and the use of flourishes that may or may not be consistent. (My own take, not anyone’s official definition, so feel free to disagree). I’m seeing a lot of it on blogs and logo designs now, and not just on wedding invitations or birth announcements. It goes really well with the handmade look that’s very popular these days, so I really wanted to learn it. Besides, it’s always a good idea to learn a new skill!
Here are my early attempts.
My technique still needs a lot of work, I know. But I’m definitely enjoying the learning process! You can track my progress by following me on instagram and leave feedback, please! 🙂 Malou of crafttillyoudrop.wordpress.com has been an invaluable help. She’s the one who actually inspired me to take up calligraphy again!
After I master this style, I would like to learn how to digitize my work so that I can translate the letterforms into vector format. I’m already looking into enrolling for another course, which is taught by my ultimate typography idol: Jessica Hische of the Daily Drop Cap fame!