Draw Your Words: Alphabetized

Don't try to create a work of art. 
Just practice writing letters. Focus on
the movement of ink on the page.

I love free-style hand-lettering with a dip pen, not following any particular sort of calligraphy or modern lettering rules, just playing around. Think of this kind of work as doing guitar riffs or warm-up stretches or rough sketches. The simple truth is that I enjoy drawing with a dip pen. I like the smooth flow of ink, the imperfections and even the errant drips. All of it. 

This is part of the Draw Your Words hand-lettering series.Lots of videos & inky goodness!

The english alphabet is comprised of twenty-six (26) unique symbols. And each symbol, each letter, is made up of a variety of lines. A word, a phrase, a quote or the entire alphabet looks different depending on the way you choose to draw the parts. You know the alphabet by heart, so you can use it to practice line work!

After you watch the video, write, write, write {meaning... draw, draw, draw} without worrying about PRETTY or PERFECTION. 

Writing words in this way is quite meditative It lets my mind wander away from stress while I focus on each line. I use my drawing nibs to write words on journal pages, draw mandalas and sketch. In formal calligraphy or modern lettering there are proper methods for constructing letters. If you would like to learn about calligraphy, look for a workshop at a local community art center or offered by a local calligraphy and lettering guild. Then you can take the process and apply it to your art journals in a way that works for you. I just want to get the words on paper in some sort of quirky way. 

Watch the video below, or Vimeo or YouTube {8 min}

In the video, I talk about this process or lettering; I'm writing with a dip pen and a flexible drawing nib {I think it's a G-nib, but my nibs aren't shiny & legible} with J. Herbin Encre de Chine India Ink on cold-pressed watercolor paper. Try this exercise on index cards, drawing paper or bristol paper too. But not paper where the ink from the dip pen or marker will bleed and not paper that is too thin. So it will take some trial and error. I like playing with ink on watercolor paper and index cards. 

Fill a page with letters in different widths, heights, slants, sizes & styles. Super tall and narrow. W-I-D-E and elegant. Play with spacing. Odd angles. Your letters do not need to be legible. You can layer them, criss-cross them, or write in different colors. But fill a page!

Pangram: A sentence which contains all of the letters of the alphabet, some more than once.

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG.
WHY DID MAX BECOME ELOQUENT OVER A ZANY GIFT LIKE JUDHPURS?
SIX OF THE WOMEN QUIETLY GAVE BACK PRIZES TO THE JUDGE.
WE COULD JEOPARDIZE SIX OF THE GUNBOATS BY TWO QUICK MOVES.
I QUICKLY EXPLAINED THAT MANY BIG JOBS INVOLVE FEW HAZARDS.
MY FOLKS PROVED HIS EXPERT ELOQUENCE WAS JUST A BIG HAZARD.
QUICKLY PACK THE BOX WITH FIVE DOZEN MODERN JUGS.
BROWN JARS PREVENTED THE MIXTURE FROM FREEZING TOO QUICKLY.
THE FIVE BOXING WIZARDS JUMP QUICKLY.