With one learning child learning les lettres attachées (cursive) and the other left handed, fine motor challenged child proudly mastering his lettres miniscules (lower case), la calligraphie (handwriting practise) has been a familiar theme at home for a while. And on our new chalkboard door and anywhere else for that matter, sweet little notes crop up around the house.
I went to a junior school where the headmaster placed a great deal of importance on good penmanship and once our technique was deemed good enough in pencil, there was an official ceremony where our status was elevated to that of “scribe” and we were awarded our first fountain pen with a broad nib. From there grew my love of calligraphy and I spent hours practicing and honing my new found skill. An unusual hobby that later on, in my teens, earned me a little extra pocket money writing lots of invitations.
Countless house moves later my pens and nibs were lost and forgotten.
I’m not sure what inspired me to start up again – the need for instant craft gratification perhaps, but I’m glad I did. I had this idea in my head to make a very simple calligram for a Christmas card, topped with a little bling. Et voilà!