Papercraft

Modern Calligraphy – week 3

Ok, I’m not going to lie. I got behind this week. Majorly! This week I was in the office three times, which I haven’t done since March and it was exhausting – back to one day this week, which is much more manageable. When I got home from the office, I just relaxed because I was knackered. But I also felt I couldn’t give my drills the love and dedication they deserved. But I made up for my drills on Saturday and went through and caught back up.

This week, you get to trace the first three strokes of the first three rows, and then you’re on your own. Overall, there are some acceptable ones each day which is great progress. They say it takes 10,000 repetitions to develop muscle memory so have a long way to go.

Day 1: I still find these strokes the hardest of the whole week. Really shouldn’t be that way. The downstroke isn’t so bad, but the upstroke needs a lot of work, and well, don’t get me started on the penguin stroke!

Day 2: I quite like the overturn stroke, as long as I can see the angle required. The minute I can’t, it goes straight back to upright.

Day 3: You would think if you can do the overturn, you can do the under turn. And technically, yes. I personally find going from thin to thick stroke much easier than thick to thin.

Day 4: I have to say, the compound curve is still my favourite stroke. It just flows so nicely.

Day 5: I would say this is the dreaded oval stroke but would take this over the penguin stroke of day 1. It went better than I expected and I got the angle down a little better this week.

Day 6: Getting the curve on the loop of the ascending curve seems to be the trickiest part. It has got a little more steady this week.

Day 7: Again, like the ascending loop on day 6, the loop on the descending loop seems to be the trickiest part. trying to get the curve, angle and width just right but did freehand a couple I think are ok.

That’s another week of Show me Your Drills done! It is going by so fast, and it was great that Becca sent out an email this week to show why these drills are important and how they build up into letters. All makes sense now.

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