Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Abecedary to color: V

Click here for a high-res, 
full-page printable to color in.
This page offers six different takes on the very simple letter V.  It is an old letter from the earliest Latin alphabet, where for centuries it stood for the numeral 5 and also was used for the sound of U. Then it doubled itself to create W for the Germanic and English languages.    

Backwards V.  
V from same address, down underfoot and right way around. 

You might assume that a letter V based on Roman models should have a wider stroke on the left than on the right [see lower right].  Calligraphers know this contrast comes from holding a broad nib at a right-handed pen angle.  But once in a while you will see a typeface that reverses this order [see upper right], for no reason I've ever discovered.  
I'm adding this letter U, to show how easy it is for people who are unfamiliar with the realities of the broad-edged pen to get the thicks and thins wrong with U and V.  

 You'll also enjoy coloring in the grapes, once you've decided what color grapes actually should be.  Check out your grocery store [or your back yard, if you live in Chile] and compare.  

Above: two of the many grape colors, from my upcoming book Song of Solomon, to be published in 2020 by Paraclete Press.  

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