I remember seeing a television commercial years ago (maybe for an insurance company...?), that showed children playing in ways that foretold their destinies. For example, we see a little boy flying down a hill on a skateboard, then we see him soaring as an Olympic skier; a small girl runs a neighborhood race and later conquers in Track and Field; a toddler spinning around in her mother's high heels graces the stage as a professional ballerina. There are seeds that God plants in our hearts, and I so love watching Him bring them to fruition in a fulfilled life.
I feel this way about some things in my own life, and calligraphy is one of them. I've always loved beautiful handwriting, and remember taking an interest in chiseled pen calligraphy as a child when I rootled through my mom's scrapbooking supplies, as well as loving to play with quill pens at the historical home where my sister volunteered. But it was just a seed back then. It wasn't until July of 2016 that the idea crossed my heart to actually take up calligraphy! (I say "crossed my heart" because rather than it being an idea in my mind, I really felt like the Lord was pricking my heart and wanted me to pursue the art.) After years of writing to pen-pals and using sealing wax, it seemed so obvious to take up the art of stylized writing, but I had never even thought about it. It began when I saw someone's signature:
I don't know whose signature it was or how I happened upon it, but I adored the simplicity, drama, and grace in the way they wrote out their name.
I decided that I wanted to change my signature too! I ended up getting some books from the library and bought a basic Speedball kit from A.C.Moore. At that time I didn't know what a nib was or that I only had broad-edged ones, but as I perused I enjoyed copying out the examples I saw in my library books.
In October of 2016, 3 months after I dipped my first pen, I discovered the pointed pen and fell madly in love. It was at this time that I truly began to study calligraphy and dove all in, so October 2016 is what I consider my "starting point". These pictures were a few days into my pointed pen journey...
Since then, the pointed pen has been my sole focus as I enter the wonderful world of calligraphy. I have been studying Copperplate for the last 6 months, and I look forward to branching into other styles and tools!