My mother is a calligrapher. I have memories of her working late into the evening addressing wedding invitations, creating wall art, and other commissioned work. I always smile when I receive a card or a note from her. Her handwriting is the most recognizable handwriting I know – full of swoops and swirls. Her penmanship offers a glimpse of her creative personality and fine craftsmanship.
I did not inherit my mother’s amazing handwriting skills. When I purchased my first fountain pen a few years ago, I quickly realized that I needed to improve my penmanship. Writing with a quality pen inspired me to be more intentional about the quality of my handwriting. The good news is that good penmanship is a skill to be learned, not an inherited trait.
HOW TO IMPROVE PENMANSHIP
If you want to join me on the journey to good penmanship, here are some tips to get you started.
- Choose your font style – download a font sheet – print? cursive?
- Slow down
- Focus on forming letters correctly
- Practice – use your downloaded font sheet
- Practice some more