Remember fake cursive?
Who remembers fake handwriting?
As a youngster, I would sit in the office at our stable and compose fancy cursive business letters to tack and feed companies. I wrote and asked for free samples of horse treats, brushes, or any paper advertising materials printed with pictures of horses.
What showed up on the page however, were indecipherable scribbles.
Recently, Lynda Barry (@thenearsightedmonkey) posted about how she used to do fake handwriting and she revisited the practice with ball point pen on a compbook page. She calls the movement of a pen on the paper as “finger skating.” She inspired me to try my hand with it this morning.
It was difficult to NOT form actual words. The first couple of index cards I struggled to make the loops and whorls be nonsense. After more attempts, it was easier to clear my mind and let the scribbles skate across the card.
As Lynda writes, “It was unexpectedly good to do this.”