My Mother had the most amazing handwriting I have ever seen. The thorn in that truth also came from the fact that her writing was so unique and definite that it absolutely screwed all of us children when it came to needing her signature; it was impossible to forge. Believe me, I tried. I cherish the things that I still have from my Mother that were hand-written. In fact, years ago I designed a tattoo around her signature. I have no idea what will ever come of the whole tattoo, but I am fairly convinced that at some point I will (at least) get her signature on me. That is another story though.
Perhaps it was part of the artistic flare that came from her side of the family; it seems like most of her siblings excelled in different medias of art, and each of them had unique, legible, and in my opinion beautiful handwriting.
My handwriting bugs me. Every few years I completely change my writing. The only thing that stays the same is my autograph.
When I was very young I remember sitting at the table and coloring as my Mother practiced the art of calligraphy. Hours spent on achieving perfection with each letter. Pages and pages of individual letters filled sketchpads and notebooks. In the end, her perfect cursive became an even more stunning print.
Calligraphy is an art I never mastered. I made attempts through the years but those attempts were just plain lame.
Sitting on my couch, with Beans and Ivy dozing beside me, I taught myself Calligraphy! Thank you, Instructional Booklet from Hobby Lobby!
WARNING: If you are a beginner and are attempting to write something brilliant and beautiful, DO NOT START AT 1AM. Calligraphy-ing(?) in the wee hours of the morning leads to horrid spelling. The word 'definitely' does not contain the letter 'a'. Apparently at that hour of the day, however, it does. I saw that writo (get it? typo/writo? Gah! I'm a nerd.) when I woke up and thought "are you kidding me?" I think I just wanted to write another 'a' because the letters 'a' and 'm' are my favorites to write using the art of Calligraphy.
One more challege met. Yes!
That's about all I have to say about that!