The Art of The Handwritten Note

I have this book and wanted to share this book review I found on-line: “When you receive the daily mail do you jump to open the handwritten envelopes first because you can’t wait to see who has written and why? Or do you hold those letters aside to savor and enjoy after you are done sorting your bills and tossing the junk mail?  Whatever your approach, you no doubt recognize the importance of the note that comes in a unique envelope with distinct handwriting and possibly a decoration or two. Indeed, in an age when even birthday greetings are sent by e-mail, the personal letter is appreciated more than ever before. For those who enjoy writing notes, or those who value doing so but find themselves intimidated by the task, acclaimed calligrapher Margaret Shepherd has created both an epistolary tribute and rescue manual. Just as you cherish receiving personal mail, you can take pleasure in crafting correspondence. Love, gratitude, condolences, congratulations–for every emotion and occasion, a snippet of heartfelt prose is included, sure to loosen the most stymied letter writer. Not only providing inspiration for the content of the missives, The Art of the Handwritten Note gives thorough instruction in the specific details that give so many men and women the jitters when it comes to correspondence that can’t (or shouldn’t) be produced on a keyboard. From overcoming illegible penmanship to mastering the challenge of keeping straight margins, avoiding smeared ink, and choosing stationery that is appropriate but suits your style, this is a powerful little guide to conveying thoughts in an enduring–and noteworthy–way.”

These are a few of my handmade cards, using my photos.

When was the last time you sent a handwritten note to someone? Let’s take that a step further and add some personal creativity to your card. You probably have a file of favorite photos you’ve taken. Why not use one of your photos to place on the front of a blank card and write your own message inside. That will mean so much more to the person you are sending it to!

The excerpt below is from “The Art of the Handwritten Note”, a message not to be forgotten.

“A handwritten note is like dining by candlelight instead of flicking on the lights, like making a gift instead of ordering a product, like taking a walk instead of driving. Handwritten notes will add a lot to your life. You can still use the telephone or the Web for the daily chores of staying in touch, but for the words that matter, it’s courteous, classy, caring, and civilized to pick up a pen.” Margaret Shepherd -The Art of the Handwritten Note



  1. I love to receive handwritten notes. Not many enjoy writing a personal note and licking the stamp to send it by mail. And handwriting is a lost art. Kids print everything. I save them all.

  2. I really love this process, and this book, and would add that handwritten notes flow more beautifully with a lovely fountain pen like my Waterman, another gift from a dear artist friend.

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