Thursday, 4 July 2013

Zigzag Tags

Hello everyone, Happy 4th of July!  I hope you have all had a lovely week, its lovely to see lots of new Taggers joining in. This week I have been making Zigzag tags.
 ‘Z’ is such a lovely letter to write, it is a shame that it is the most rarely used letter in written English.
 A variant of Z originating in the medieval Gothic minuscules and the Early Blackletter typefaces is the "tailed ‘z’ . The first of my zigzag tags this week shows just some of the many styles of writing the letter Z.

At the end of my little Zigzag tag book is someone having a snooze!  This little character is Ziggy (named after my first cat).  ‘zzz ’ is used in writing to represent the act of sleeping.

My second tag is based on the calligraphic font called zenda, it is a gothic style 21st century font designed by Paul Lloyd.  
Inside this zigzag tag is a Calligraphic Zebra. It is drawn just using flourishes of an edged pen. I printed this image off the web and went over the copy with my pen. I have written both Zenda and Zebra in the Zenda  style. 

So this brings me to the end of my Calligraphy Abecedary.  This is the front of my tag book. I like the way the ribbons and ties stick out everywhere! The owl is a usb stick with copies of all my photos, blog posts, etc.  
You can see photos of the whole alphabet  at  If you visit, please let me know which letter was your favourite.
I hope you have enjoyed  my series of tags, and I hope I have inspired you to have a go at the art of beautiful handwriting.  I have really enjoyed  this challenge and  appreciate the opportunity this has given me to research the subject.  I also appreciate all your lovely comments , they always make me smile, thank you,I shall enjoy looking at all your Z tags and how you have put your alphabet tags together,
Bye for now,
Jane xx


  1. My I ask where you got you amazing owl USB from? I absolutely LOVE owls.

  2. I am in awe of your awesomeness Jane! Your penman skills are second to none. I don't have a favourite tag of yours because they all have such wonderful qualities so I couldn't choose any over another. You certainly should do a calligraphy workshop, I thik it is a worthwhile thing to learn for patience and concentration. It also manages to make even the most mundane like a shopping list seem more consequential, haha. Thank you so much for sharing it all with us :0) Mo x

  3. Lovely tags! And you're right-- Zs are fun to write.

  4. P.S. I meant to add I love Ziggy too!

  5. Love your calligraphy & the way you are choosing to store them!


  6. Wonderful idea. and your ABCedary is a real treasure! Valerie

  7. Wonderful zig zag tag and such a great idea.

    Chrissie x

  8. Fabulous Z tags. I love the style of the font in the second one but my heart was stolen by Ziggy as I once had a lovely cat with the same name! Carolyn xx

  9. A beautiful book of inspiring lettering, I have really enjoyed your series. X

  10. I do love your zigzag tags!

  11. Your lettering is always so beautiful, but I think that Z is actually my favourite - and you really have inspired me to want to have a go ... maybe it would improve my handwriting as well! :o)

  12. Fantastic! I love looking at your work. Fabby Z list and a wonderful book with them all in very clever and insightful Dxx

  13. Lovely zebra tag, Jane. If I had a favourite it would be this one, but I have liked them all so much, it's difficult to choose!You have made a beautiful calligraphy alphabet.
    Jane x


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