National Handwriting Day 2018
We are excited to once again welcome guest blogger and calligrapher Phawnda Moore as we celebrate National Handwriting Day! Phawnda offers great suggestions for how you can celebrate this year. We want to equip you to practice your handwriting every day, so tune in at the end of the article for our giveaway as well!
National Handwriting Day celebrates all things handwritten on the birthday of John Hancock, January 23 (born in 1737). The Writing Instrument Manufacturer’s Association selected that day in 1977 to honor penmanship.
Hancock’s distinctive signature is one of the two most famous in history (the other being Picasso, whose signed checks were often saved, not cashed ~ imagine!)
(image from Wikipedia)
In honor of John Hancock, let’s make something handwritten!
Here are 4 ideas from Phawnda Moore, a calligrapher, designer and instructor in Northern California. (See more projects on her FB page.)
1. Write out a pangram: “The quick brown fox . . . “ or, let someone know the meaning of their name. Micron pens are great for both. Add shades of color with pencils or markers.
2.Send a love letter or note ~ S.W.A.K., of course! Try a pointed pen with ink or gouache, or use a small brush marker.
- Encourage a friend with a handmade card and envelope. Brush
watercolor is my favorite choice for this because it’s so expressive.
Create something artful today to share ~ you’ll both enjoy it!
4. And, treat yourself to some new treasures, too!
We appreciate Phawnda taking the time to share her ideas for using your handwriting to connect with others. To help you in your endeavors, we are giving away a set of our staff’s favorite every day writing pens, a Rhodia dot pad for practice, a Strathmore Writing journal to record all of your thoughts and ideas, and a set of Strathmore Correspondence cards to encourage you to send a note to a friend. To be entered to win, simply comment on this post with your own idea of how to celebrate National Handwriting Day. Be sure you include your name so that we can contact you if you win! Contest will close on Friday, January 26th!