Halfway! I’m halfway through my 100-day commitment to punctuation!
50 days can fly in, but the scramble to hunt out more and more elusive and exciting punctuation marks gets harder and harder.
I’m trying to be creative, inventive, interpretive, and use multiple mark-marking methods to share my punctuation finds, but I find myself relying on the quick and trusty methods of pencil, pen, watercolour and digital manipulation.
‘The Manicule‘ was sketched using the ProCreate app on the iPad. It felt very new and exciting and a bit fancy to be using an iPad for the very first time (#latetotheipadparty)
Day 48/100: The Manicule. The manicule (☞) or ‘the hand’, hand director, pointing hand, pointing finger, pointer, digit, index, or indicator – was a favorite of Renaissance scholars, inked into the margin as a bookmark or aide-mémoire. Gradually, though, the manicule was appropriated by authors and advertisers, and today its pointing finger is more likely to be seen on A-boards than in book margins. It’s pretty cool though I think; like a ‘helping hand’ almost, a handy companion in a lonely text? [Digital pen sketch in the Procreate app on the iPad] #100daysofthepunctuationproject #the100dayproject #100days #gm100dayproject #thepunctuationproject #punctuation #punctuationart #punctuationmarks #punctuationpoints #manicule #manicules #themanicule #thehand #pointinghand #pointingfinger #printersfinger #printers #typography #typesetting #digit #indicator #renaissance #digitalpen #procreate #procreatesketch #procreatesketching #ipadpro
Maintaining a daily creative habit by carving out a dedicated 5-15 minutes is often an achievement in itself because there’s always so much going on. Life – and its assortment of ups and downs that have been particularly hilly of late. (Literally, life and death.)
Here’s a few punctuation favourites from the first half of my #100daysofthepunctuationproject – only 50 more to go!
I’ve branched out a bit from the original palette of black, white and red, but there’s still plenty of monochrome.
Yellow has become a bright and cheerful friend, as have green and blue.
Discovering the names of diacritic marks used in other languages has been an interesting education – I give you ‘The Cedilla‘:
And I’ve particularly enjoyed creating a few ‘punctuation patterns‘ using motifs from previous days:
Finally, The Hedera stole my heart:
Thank you to all those who are following along on Instagram and enjoying the daily ‘Punctuation Project’ discoveries by my side.
There are so many great 100-day projects out there and a celebration of creativity is in my mind, the perfect antidote to the day-to-day stresses of life. Onwards!