Have you ever noticed that abilities tend to progress in leaps rather than slow, steady increase? This is what has happened recently with my calligraphic talents. Two years ago I wrote fancy names on my daughter's wedding invitations. They were very nice. But this season, without any more practice, my lettering has taken a huge leap forward. Perhaps it is a reflection of how much better I feel about myself. After all, I find that what the hand can do is greatly influenced by the emotions coursing through the body.
Last night, after writing names on Christmas presents, I was so happy with what I was creating that I stayed up an extra hour to fool around with fancy writing. Unfortunately, my pen leaked. Now my thumb and middle finger have huge india ink stains. Ha! I guess that shows I've been working.
For years I have enjoyed scribing in fancy lettering when I've had to address envelopes...
make invitations, create awards and the like. I'm not a "real" calligrapher. I don't have a portfolio of various styles I can write in. My style is... swirly. Nevertheless, I've suddenly become much bolder and I like the results. But don't ask me to write something for you, Please. I already have too many hats to wear.