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Mitch Bolton

Mostly Wonderful

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I've just started venturing into hand lettering over last year, specifically over Christmas. I'm doing my best, but I'm sure there has to be a better way, or a better process.

Type and lettering fascinate me, and I'm so excited to dig into more of it.

My phrase will be a portion from a verse in Song of Songs:

"I am my beloved's..."

This passage has always been significant for my wife. She loves it deeply and I'd like to create something for her. So much of my work tends to be for someone else, myself, or even my kids, but rarely do I create something as a gift for her. That's what I'd like this to be.

And because lettering a phrase isn't hard enough, let's try to do it in a foreign language, that I don't really know. Let's try that phrase in French.

"Je suis à mon bien-aimé"

I'm hoping this is right. I tried different variations in Google Translate, and eventually thought to look it up in a French translation of Song of Songs (at YouVersion). This was pretty consistantly the case.

I got started sketching in Paper by FiftyThree. I will be using my Dot Grid Journal and a pencil, but I wanted to get a feel for the letter shapes and forms and play with some layouts.

type sketch a

type sketch b

I think I'll also try out something with Tolkien's Elvish letter shapes (with those tall, pointy ascenders and descenders), like this.

I wrapped up my first sketch tonight.

I still want to try the elvish letterforms.

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