Ephemera is going to be a tough word to incorporate into my characters’ thoughts. To me, while ephemera itself tends to have a nostalgia to it, it’s a modern concept. When I first started to learn about altered books and altered trading cards a decade ago (or more?) I also started collecting ephemera to build out my designs. Sadly, a lot of it either got tossed or given away prior to my last move because it had been sitting there for about eight years, unused. I think I enjoyed the collecting far more than the creating. Unless it had to do with alphabets.
Alphabets, I love – an extension of words, I’m sure. I’ve kept all the alphabet stamps, stickers, tiles, and even some ransom note style letters cut out of magazines because I just can’t stand to give those up. I collect fonts too. And I learned something new about fonts today when I was
wasting time cruising Pinterest this morning. Did you know that there are extra flourishes, ligatures and variations on letters included in many font packs? I did not, and it seems the proper term for them is glyphs. Are you as intrigued as I was? This tutorial by Michelle at Elegance and Enchantment shows you how to access them step by step.
I’ve been avoiding the desire to play with fonts all day long – I have a growing board of quotes on Pinterest – titled “Words“, of course, that I want to turn into signs now that I know about this. The perfect pairing for those signs would be my neglected box of ephemera. (See how I turned this whole post back around?)
One of my new favorites from that board.