Mono Linear Lettering Combo Exemplar Set: Cursive Crush & Open-Shaded Script.
49 8.5 x 11 Pages
4-C & B/W
Print at 100% (NOT fit-to-page.)
(Please note: You may purchase Cursive Crush & Open-Shaded Script separately if you wish, but if you want both, this is the better price.)
Instruction on letter formation of minuscules & majuscules, spacing, envelope folding/addressing, and letter writing. Flourished flowers and accents are also included.
Part One: Cursive Crush
The speed of digital communication today has gifted us with more time to pursue things we love. But somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten how good it feels to use a writing instrument to record our thoughts for ourselves and to those we love. Writing, and the time it takes to produce letterforms, is good for the body, mind, and spirit. It is also a gift to the recipient, who holds your elevated thoughts in their hands, literally, and with far more consideration and pause than through a text or email.
The child of Spencerian calligraphy, Cursive Handwriting is not forgotten, because we have made a table for you to come join us in one fun and joyous day of lettering. Students will learn (or re-learn!) capitals and lower case letterforms, through formal exercises in structure, rhythm and flow - all standards similar to those taught not that long ago.
Part Two: Open-Shaded Script
The second half of this class or workshop is spent on the construction of open-shaded letterforms based on principles of script writing done with pointed pen.
Using a mono linear tool to describe the contour of a shaded stroke offers insight into its construction with its native tools, the broad-edge, pointed pen, or paint brush.
Drawing these letter forms is not only useful in sketching out and planning of larger projects to be later filled in with ink, I believe they are also a valid and beautiful class of letter forms in and of themselves. Because these letter forms are drawn with tools more commonly used today, they are the style I use more frequently in my everyday writing, and therefore, have become more useful and precious to me than anything created with a dip pen.
I am constantly writing letters and notes, whether on a chalkboard for my students, wedding signage for clients, fabric labels, canvas bags, handkerchiefs, monograms, journal pages, letters to friends, and much more.
Rendering a shade with a contour line offers the artist another opportunity to love the letter and learn more about the letter, and deepen your understanding of its relationship with other forms and unique features. Expression of the universal line of beauty need not be restricted to our ability to carry a pointed pen and ink well around with us every day.
We can, with any mono linear tool and at any moment, study and celebrate our love of these forms with a crayon on the back of a paper menu, a pencil at the top of a grocery list, a marker labeling a box of preserved memories or a bag of home-made treats for a friend, the inside label of our child’s school uniform, every page in our journal entries, letters to friends, notes to beloved partners, and even our fingers in the sand.