I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. “I love to play with words.” Whether it is as a writer or an editor, I love to move them around, delete them and bring them back again. It’s like a puzzle. When a sentence is wrong, the words need to be arranged to make them a perfect fit. Once the entire puzzle is complete, only then do you see the true beauty of this particular collection of words.
It only goes to follow that a person who builds worlds with words, would also love the letters that build them. Getting to know letters intimately only deepens our relationship with words. And so begins my journey into hand lettering and a bit of calligraphy.
I am truly enjoying getting to know the alphabet, one character at a time. Only after you trace and draw a Bodoni A and B at least fifty times, do you really see the construction of each letter. When I can draw the letter without tracing or peeking, then I feel we’ve been introduced. Do I have the stamina and the commitment to make my way through several alphabets? Or even one? We will see.
The beginning of the journey –