I'm writing the Christmas greetings in our cards this year. I could
have printed them all in minutes but it's good to settle down with
a calligraphy fountain pen, filled with green ink cartridges, and
write them. It's an opportunity to practice a rather decorative
form of calligraphy. I always make the lettering in my published
sketchbooks as legible as I can so here's a chance to add a bit
of a flourish.
I never seem to do one which is totally perfect, but I prefer the
freedom of the hand-lettering to the printed equivalent in Viners
Hand or Lucinda
In my school days, a punishment used to be to write out 100 lines,
things like 'I must not talk in class . . .'. Me, naughty at school?!
Hard to believe but I must have been given lines on a number of
occasions because that analogy of just writing for fun (although
it wasn't meant to be fun, just a mindless task) came back to me
as I went through the pile of cards.
Richard's Line-writing Dodge
Once, when I was given lines to do, I had the idea of saving time
by ruling a line down the entire page for all the 'l's and so on.
Must have looked a real mess when it was finished and it probably
took longer than simply writing it.
Richard Bell, email@example.com