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