TFM: Could you tell us about the making of one of your projects that uses paper calligraphy/typography ?
John Ed De Vera (designer based in Manila, Philippines): I start off with first drawing the letters/ design on a used bond paper using a mechanical pencil with 2B lead. I make sure I create small bridges to connect the letters to each other. Adding flourishes helps in making the output one-piece. When I’m good with the form, I prepare that same sheet by darkening the outlines.
I then transfer the design on the actual material (paper board) by scratching (not sure of the term) the back side of the bond paper with a coin, making sure that the lead transfers on the other paper. This is probably an old school tracing technique.
I now have a flipped outline of the typography design, which becomes my cutting guide. I cut the paper using a knife for precise curves. This particular cutter looks like an x-acto knife, only with a 360 rotating ball head-like part, which allows you to cut smooth curves. Cutting bond size pieces takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on the flourishes and details.
I usually use paper boards (like vellum, bristol and colored paper) but prefer 220 GSM watercolor paper because the pulp is more compact.
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