Today is National Handwriting Day! I had an awesome opportunity to photograph a fun DIY Dip Dyed Watercolor Stationery project for Brittni Mehloff of Paper & Stitch. Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am Paper + Goods did all of the beautiful hand lettering. Head on over to Paper & Stitch to see the step-by-step instructions on how she used Pentel Arts products to dip dye these notecards (and while you are there, check out her other dip dye projects…they are amazing!). Also, check out the DIY video I shot (as well as a link on how to analyze your own handwriting) below.
I love National Handwriting Day because it is a time to celebrate the written word, both by your hand and others. At first I thought this designated day was just the latest in a string of National [insert your favorite activity or food] Days, but I was wrong. It has actually been around for quite some time. Here are some quick and fun facts about National Handwriting Day and handwriting:
- National Handwriting Day was established in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association. (Want more facts? Check out this brief history.)
- It coincides with John Hancock’s birthday; he was born on January 23, 1737. (He is probably turning over in his grave about the fact that many schools are no longer teaching cursive writing. How ever will children add their John Handcock’s to documents?)
- You can tell a lot about somebody by his/her handwriting. What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?
So, how are you going to celebrate National Handwriting Day? I’m going to practice my hand lettering and write a letter to my friend in Alaska. Oh…and if you are curious, I did the handwriting analysis in the link I shared above and thought it was pretty spot on! I do “tend to be logical and practical…introspective and shy.” Also, I generally “have an open mind and enjoy trying new things.” How did yours turn out?