Who and What I am into this Week is asking myself about fonts. I have spent hours this week (ok and maybe last week too) trying to find a good hand scripted font that conveyed the right emotion and that matched my watercolor style. At the very end of the Smart Creative Style course we play with fonts after we get a grasp on our creative styles.
So I knew I needed a couple of fonts and I wanted at least one to feel somewhat old fashioned (like you had a strict handwriting teacher) and yet loose enough to not make my watercolors feel imperfect. This turned out to be a REALLY TALL ORDER! I ended up purchasing a few fonts that were classified as 1930′s and 40′s fonts. This is the description of the family of fonts that I was interested in:
“The Charles Bluemlein Script Collection is an intriguing reminder of the heady days of hand lettering and calligraphy in the United States. From the early 1930s through World War II, there were about 200 professional hand letterers working in New York City alone. This occupation saw its demise with the advent of photo lettering, and after digital typography, became virtually extinct.”
Well, that had me sold right there. Classic girl, classic fonts so after MUCH deliberation, I dropped $100 and bought 2 fonts. I also purchased 2 very popular fonts that had a more calligraphy feel to them, but I had to ask myself if they were too popular for what I wanted to accomplish. Then, I began to ask myself if I should just lean on my own handwriting. After all, I was trying to buy fonts to look like my own handwriting (if I could get my kerning act together.) I think my issue with my own handwriting is that I do the backward slant, the forward slant-it just depends on my mood! THEN I went on the hunt for my old calligraphy pens (I used to LOVE using them!…I know they are here somewhere) I couldn’t find them, ordered new ones. Are we getting the entire picture of what I am into this week? Spending money trying to write words! Now I am thinking I should just ask my mother to write things out for me-she has that whole old school penmanship thing down! What about you? Do you like your handwriting?