It’s no surprise that the art of handwriting has been suffering a slow and steady decline over the last several decades. With computers taking over just about all aspects of our lives and making things über-fast, tapping away on a keyboard has become our default method of communication. Word processing, email, texting, smartphones and social media all make picking up a writing utensil and putting your thoughts down on a real piece paper a relatively alien idea. Many school districts across the US have even been phasing cursive writing out of their curricula.
Handwriting Day (which aptly falls on John Hancock’s birthday) reminds us of the beauty and elegance that can be found in this lost art. Calligraphy has been around for centuries, but I think it’s becoming more appreciated as a true art form now that people barely write anything at all anymore, let alone write anything beautifully. Common, everyday handwritten letters and notes are now a novelty to be reserved only for extra-special occasions, or as a way to stand out from today’s qwerty-obsessed crowd. Even grocery lists have joined the digital age—I’m a Virgo and obsessed with making lists, but I have to admit that even *I* have an app on my phone to help me keep track of which pantry items need to be restocked.
This treasury explores the variety of ways in which handwriting can be simply gorgeous and unique, and the tools that can be used to do things the old-fashioned way. Visit, favorite away, and perhaps write someone a personal note today. They’ll be touched by it. (Or perhaps they’ll think you’re a dinosaur!) Remember to visit my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!
Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!
“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?