Timely advice to improve your handwriting from lettering artist Cherrell Avery.
1. Find a good handwriting pen, a roller ball or fountain pen that grips the paper.
2. Sit right. Bad posture equals bad writing. Make sure your legs aren’t scrunched up, your back is straight and hold your pen with a loose, relaxed grip.
3. Keep your fingers flexible, not rigid. Try doodling to practise mobilising your digits.
4. Spend five minutes writing, being mindful of what you’re doing, of how your writing looks, the speed and the shapes (not what you’re writing).
5 . Inspect your writing. Is the scale and proportion of your letters consistent? Are you forming your letters correctly? Many people miss the backbone in the letters n, m and r. Misjoining letters is also common. When writing at speed, n, m and h deterioriate quickly. Get to know what your habits are and practise slowing down to correct them.
Cherrell teaches Transform your Handwriting courses at London’s Idler Academy, www.idler.co.uk.