calligraphy

sans serif style

When I was in grade four I took a calligraphy workshop at my school. I remember being very excited to get my own little set of pens and nubs to experiment with. I carefully wrote out all the quotes and poems our teacher gave us and proudly showed off my work.

Years later I still have those very first calligraphy pens and nubs. Looking to explore more hand done type away from the computer I look a short online calligraphy class. Although I loved tracing the scripty letters and words it just didn’t feel like me. Once I got more familiar with the tools I started exploring my own style instead. With a long-time passion for tall and condensed typefaces I used these letterforms as an inspiration to develop my own simplistic yet elegant letterforms.

Below are a few quotes showing off my own little alphabet.

Enthusiasm moves the world. Arthur Balfour. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

You don't have to be born beautiful to be wildy attractive. Diana Vreeland. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

Before you can think outside of the box, you have to start with a box. Twyla Tharp. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

The Best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. Hellen Keller. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Plutarch. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb. Diana Vreeland. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

Exagertaion is my own reality. Diana Vreeland. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

Happiness is not a goal, but a by-product. Eleanor Roosevelt. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

It is always the simple that produces the marvellous. Amelia Barr. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com

You can learn a lot by watching. Yogi Berra. Custom Type by Alicia Carvalho | www.alicia-carvalho.com