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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Beautiful typefaces, handwriting and such ~

Having been a graphic designer for almost 20 years on and off, I have always loved letters, fonts, type and arranging them all. There are so many different fonts now that it just boggles my mind! Using a particular font can convey a mood or feeling you want to get across to the reader. But loving antiques and everything old, the fonts that represent very old handwriting are my favorites.



I love the beautiful handwriting used in old letters and documents. The kind that was produced using an old quill pen dipped in ink is just magical to me. People must have had the time to sit, relax, and concentrate on their letter formation. I've been thinking lately how much I would love to have a fountain pen. Just to write special words to include in my artwork. Not really a calligraphy pen but just a fountain pen.






Typography and penmanship
are such beautiful things to me ~



22 comments:

Denise S. said...

I also just love different ways of writing Dawn.

I also have a pretty good collection of fountain pens. I think I got hooked in 4th or 5th grade when we learned to use fountain pens.

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Such beautiful lettering Dawn...the old writing is just so amazing and is such a treasure to look at.

xo Heather

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Dawn!
You are the winner of my name the mosaic pig contest/giveaway! Email your address please and I will send out your goodies!
Hugs,
Penny

Maebelle Park said...

Hi Dawn...I am with you...I am always enchanted by old autograph books, photo albums, postcards....the lettering is amazing. I agree, people just took the time...we all need to take the time.....

maggiegracecreates said...

I love letters and fonts too. And I love finding notes in the margins of books, cookbooks, or on the front of a sewing pattern packet. I just uncovered a cigar box full of reciepts in my husbands grandmother's stuff. 1950's era reciepts - the writing is salesman scribbles and that is fun too.

Tammy said...

I love the old "script" fonts myself!

I'm just here from Penny's to say congratulations on winning wee Rosie...I'm sure she'll be beautiful when Penny gets done with her!

Sara said...

Dawn...another thing that I also love!! I bought a calligraphy set one year and really enjoyed it but you have to do it everyday to keep good at it and I just don't have the time :( it is so fun though...I have always enjoyed writing ...now I can use the computer to create lovely words :) How cool is that!
:)

Sweet Remembrance said...

Dawn...Love all the beautiful writing! So many ways to convey a feeling...through the fonts & writing!
Priscilla

Alison Gibbs said...

Dawn, how wonderful to look at all the different fonts. I just love finding old hand written letters. Back in the time when people were taught to write so beautifully.
Alison

Rhondi said...

Lovely!

Lori said...

oooh you lucky duck, i see you won Penny's drawing:)
i just adore the writing that is on two of the ledger papers that i have...the writing is so exquisite and beautiful it is like a work of art...i wish i had beautiful writing

Miss Sandy said...

Dawn,
I too love the look of the old style penmanship. I bought a program called Spencerian Handwriting and have been practicing with a fountain pen. It is a bit difficult to learn but I've always admired pretty penmanship.

Fete et Fleur said...

Dawn you are after my own heart! When I see old type font or antique hand writing my heart goes pitter pat!!

Hugs! Nancy

wisteriagirl said...

I love the penmanship of times gone by. My grandparents and even my dad..have beautiful writing. Hugs, Cindy

Deb said...

I love letters/fonts/calligraphy & old style penmanship too. Anything to do with the written word and I am always trying out different styles of pens :-} and doodling.

Vickie said...

I adore fine lettering. It is such an art form. When I did drafting for a living I use to try out a few styles. My employer was very patient with me:).

kch said...

Too bad they don't teach beautiful handwriting in schools anymore! Your pics are gorgeous eye candy~

Elaine L. said...

I have a cousin who works as a calligrapher for Standford University. She does all their diplomas and certificates.

I really admire beautiful penmanship.
It's such a gentle art.

~elaine!

Julie said...

Did I know you were a graphic designer? So was I, before kids. It all ties in, doesn't it?

Heidi said...

I learned calligraphy when I was a girl and also love a well written letter. It in itself is romantic. I used calligraphy to write my quilt labels as I think it gives them an extra special touch.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Rebecca said...

I adore typography. I think sometimes it is so overlooked. Of course I love old script fonts. Have you heard of Eduardo Recife of www.misprintedtype.com? He has beautiful free fonts. Also ones for purchase. I look at his site & just drool, it is so lovely. And always inspirational.

Ellana said...

Hi Dawn, I too am a typography addict. I love the old, vintage handwriting styles we no longer see. Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection xo. May I please ask the name of the very first font displayed? I have some art work that this would be perfect for!

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