After practicing penmanship basics, it’s time to have some fun! Up until now we’ve been really focusing on refining our letter formation by using some of the rules of letter making. Now we’re going to bend the rules a bit.
Making small changes to the foundation of your handwriting to develop style.
In the basic shape assignment, I challenged you to isolate the different fragments that make up letters and practice them.
Each of those parts has a name. On the bottom portion of your page, it might be helpful to add in this diagram. It’s missing descenders, which are pieces of the letter that fall below the base line. See if you can pick out a different word to label and be sure to tag it (#LoveYourLettering) if you share it on Instagram!
For this exercise, I started with my natural print and placed one letter in each box, about halfway down the page I added a line for the remainder of the alphabet. How many letters you fit across will depend on which paper you’re using.
I made a line full of each variation I tried. Wide bowls, narrow bowls, slanted bowls, tiny bowls. We’ll add whimsy tomorrow, today I’m just focusing on altering the basic components of the letters.
They may not look very different, but if you start to mix these variations within words of lettered pieced, you’ll start to see personality develop… but more on that later in the week.
Let’s keep these assignments short and do-able!
There is now a companion guide available for this portion of Love Your Lettering, if you feel more comfortable working through a printable guide:
Have fun with these letter forms, I’ll see you tomorrow!
I don’t want anything to get intimidating. Are you having fun with this?
For those of you joining us this week and wondering where the ‘supply list‘ is, you can find it in this post. However, you can get started with any pen (or pencil) you’re comfortable with using. Most of the techniques we’ll talk about this month can be practiced with tools you already have.