What the font?


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?


  • Joy Hall says:

    Sometimes…..fonts are as captivating as shoes. Sometimes.

  • Ronnie says:

    I can get lost in font shopping, so many choices! I love how in myfonts.com you can type a phrase in so you can get a feel for how it mmight look in context instead of “the quick brown fox…”.

  • Hi Monica
    I went to a girls catholic convent school from 7-18 years old and Italic was drummed into us. My biro handwriting is haywire but a year or so ago I discovered calligraphic felt tips and use those to create some of my simple typographic greeting cards that I sell in my Moobaacluck shop. Somehow then my natural handwriting looks fabulous – to me at least :)) Plus because I had that strict discipline I found that when I paint lettering on wood for clients I am able to make nice consistent shapes with the brush. Which really makes what I do unique. Definitely a good idea to play about with your handwriting. I really like the thinner fonts you chose – haven't seen the Darling one before – but have a go with calligraphic felt tips as I think your own lettering has masses of potential!

  • Sondra Davison says:

    I LOVE fonts….spend way too much time looking at them. I do not like my own handwriting, as it looks more like a third grader’s. If you like your own or your mother’s you should have it made into a font. I did so, thru this link, and it looks just like my handwriting (and I still don’t like it – LOL!!). http://www.jessicasprague.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.tabs.tpl&product_id=2310&category_id=179&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=667

  • Gabriella Buckingham says:

    I went to a catholic girls school from age 7-18 and Italic handwriting was drummed into us. I am really grateful for that because although my biro writing is almost illegible when I’m given a calligraphic nib my handwriting can turn into something I love enough to use on my graphic card line in Moobaacluck. It even means that I can paint lettering confidently on wood for customers if I find the right little brush that has a flat straight edge when splayed.Definitely worth playing about with your handwriting and different pens, it looks good to me! I like your font choices too 🙂

  • BJ Lantz says:

    My handwriting is so varied from one word to the next, it looks like several people wrote it. I will write an "e" three different ways in one sentence (or word!). What font is "why hello" and "are you sure?" in (above on pink background)

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