Calligraphy, an old passion

When I was a little girl, I picked up a boxed set of pens, ink cartridges, and nibs, and taught myself calligraphy. I figure I must have been around 9 when I started. Young, I know, but I told you I’ve always been an old soul. My parents were in the Air Force, so we moved a few times when I was growing up. As a result, I often date my childhood memories by the house where we lived at the time. And, in this case, I have memories of practicing my calligraphy while sitting at a heavy desk that my dad had brought home from work for me. At the time, it was “surplus”, but now, it would be quite mid-century chic. Anyway, I can remember writing at this desk with my little aquarium running on top of it, facing a large window, in a house on Carter Street. And, we only lived in this house for a couple of years, so the age window is narrow. To be sure, though, I gave a quick call to my mom who validates this memory. She said I already knew cursive, but that I had not known it for long. She went on to say that I was always meticulous with my penmanship (among other things) and how I shaped my letters.

As I grew older, I continued to practice calligraphy. I won a little prize at the fair in middle school, and I wrote students’ names on award certificates for teachers and coaches in high school. I even made a little money on the side, addressing wedding invitations. The envelope below is one I saved from a wedding I’d done; based on the post date, I was 17.

Simple calligraphy at

I’m so glad I saved this. It’s fun to look back on it. My calligraphy style was simple- very by the book.

I’m drawn to scripts with more flourishes now, and I’d love to learn to loosen up a bit with my style. I’m thinking there is a metaphor for how I was once so by the book and am now more relaxed (relatively speaking), but that’s a post for another day. I’m sure there’s also a point to be made about having to “learn to loosen up”, but I digress again.

nothing "by the book" about these lovelies from Laurenish Design

nothing “by the book” about these lovelies from Laurenish Design

The point I’m making here is that I haven’t practiced much as an adult, and I’m rusty. I was never very good, and while I made a little money here and there, it was always a hobby of pleasure. And, it’s one I miss having making time for. I’d like to pick calligraphy back up, maybe even take a class or private lessons. At a minimum, I should start with these beautiful tutorials.

Calligraphy Tutorial via Antiquaria

Calligraphy Tutorial via Antiquaria


How to Use an Oblique Calligraphy Pen, The Postman's Knock

How to Use an Oblique Calligraphy Pen, The Postman’s Knock

A tutorial in hand lettering via WE Design Studios

A tutorial in hand lettering via WE Design Studios

To see more of my penchant for penmanship, follow my Calligraphy board on Pinterest.

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  1. Lindsey Montgomeru says:

    I was always amazed at your talent! You should continue it, you have a beautiful gift.

    • Aww, thanks, Lindsey. That’s really sweet. I have been thinking a lot about picking it up again…maybe between loads and loads of laundry? 😉


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