BuJo Basics 3: The Art of Fonts.

Originally posted 2016-12-07 17:00:30.

I have a very odd handwriting.
It’s kind of a mix of cursive, small and large caps, printing, and doodle all in one.
I did calligraphy art for a number of years, but that’s one of those skills if you don’t keep it up, you lose the fine touches. The problem is, I’ve never been 100% steady handed. I’ve always had an ever-so-slight at the best of times quiver in my fingers. Never really thought about getting it tested, as I just naturally assume it’s par for the course of the clumsypixie.

But I do love to write. (commence “DUH” moment) Seriously though, I mean I love to handwrite. I have probably easily written well over a million words this year alone with a pen. That’s not including typing either. I mean specifically the hand-to-pen-to-paper experience.

I guess that’s why I love the BuJo so much. I am happy being able to do all the things I like inside that book.

My problem is, I don’t like what I’ve done to this BuJo!!! *gasps dramatically* it is horrible! I have used pages and been so careless with what I’m scribbling in them, and where I’m leaving it, that it’s starting to come apart already!

Okay, enough whinging and moaning from me for now. I’m hoping that next week, I’ll be able to show off some fun things I’ve worked on, but I won’t know until likely Tuesday if I get my wish granted.

BuJo’g should be fun. It’s your to-do list, and memory trapper keeper and medical log and all the things you need to or want to record. It never has to be shared with anyone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it pretty, right?



the 1001fonts site (showing the free commercial ones, but you don’t have to do that for your own personal use.)

There’s a website (well, there are literally thousands of them, but I’m picking one for now, as I know it’s a safe and reliable and fun one) that I think you might want to check out.  http://www.1001fonts.com/ is the one I use the most.
I will add that I grab some from www.fonts101.com too, though it doesn’t give you the same fun way of checking out the words you want. (and no, they’re not paying us to advertise for them; they are just a decent site and I like that you have options IN the site to see the words you want use in the font you want to grab.)

You can add them as fonts to your computer/laptop (tablets and phones have apps for different fonts, so that’s completely separate.)


You can also create your own font (in the fonts101 site). Just follow the steps and get a font of your own handwriting! A point of help: If you are going to create a font, try to use as much of the allotted space as possible, or try to get the letters as close to centered as you can. It will be a lot better for you when you go to use them.

Now, you don’t have to be a calligraphy master to be able to do these fun designs and funky fonts, so I’ll suggest this.
Get some tracing paper, a soft (typical art pencils have sets where 5B is the softest, HB is the middle, and 5H is the hardest – though there are obviously several other options, that will probably be the best option for you to grab if you’re just starting out), and a GOOD eraser. I don’t mean one of those cheapo pink ones. Stædler makes a good eraser that is very inexpensive and rarely leaves a trace.

**helpful hint: don’t push so hard to start with. Imagine you’re drawing with a whisp on the wind. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too poetically dramatic, but seriously, just use a lighter touch, and you’ll be able to take out lines so much better!**
There’s only one thing you need to do to start getting used to doing fun fonts: KEEP DOING THEM. You’ll develop your own style as you do this more often.

The screenshots are from www.1001fonts.com. Now, here’s what I’m going to suggest. Grab some tape (painter’s tape is advised, NOT gorilla/duct/double-sided, etc) – the blue or green kind, or if you’re able to just hang on to it (no fans impeding your work), then you can skip the tape. Oh, and one more tidbit – make sure your screen is clean of debris. I have cats, so there are tiny cat hairs on it sometimes, and you might run into an issue of having to redo a letter if you trace over a hair or fleck of something.
DO NO push hard. You are going for a tracing, not an etching. Your screen will be able to handle the faintest trace, without it shattering or squishing the LCD or other soft surface you have. If you’re using a glass-screen monitor, you might want to ensure you aren’t carving a scratch into it, so still use a softer hand.

Once you have the design, practice drawing it BACKWARDS onto a scrap paper, and when you’re ready to convert it over to your BuJo, you can do it free hand, or simply trace it on (because you were doing it backwards, tracing it onto the BuJo will be the right way up so the letters face the proper way), and then you can fill in the colouration as you see fit.
There are so many fonts to choose from, you can have a different one for each day of the day, week, month, specific journal part (calendar, med tracker, appointments, weekly to do’s, long range planning, etc.). Maybe you want a page that is devoted to just having fonts and lettering options if you want to specifically keep it symmetrical and consistent. 

Get creative!! Don’t be shy or scared to try something fun and exciting! Learn, change, grow!

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