Following my graduation from college, I traveled a great deal. One of my many stops was with an aunt who paints and does calligraphy. She gave me a pen, some paper, and a book the showed me the many of the different "official" alphabets. I have spent a great deal of time over the years using this skill to create gifts, label cards, and document some of my poetry. While my approach does not use any of the "official" alphabets, I so love lettering!