Meet Dasha. She’s a warm, friendly calligraphy font with over 1,100 glyphs and robust Opentype features, making her ready for most any lettering project. Each copy of Dasha comes with a full set of alternate capital letters, seamless ligatures that automatically connect as you type, beginning and end-of-word swashes, a set of elaborate swashed capital letters, old-style numerals, arbitrary fractions and 22 alternate ampersand characters.
Dasha was inspired by the thick & thin brushstrokes of vintage floral wallpaper. (I’ve hoarded more than a few hand-painted swatches over the years!) After sketching out the initial letterforms, I traced them with an antique “wet noodle” calligraphy pen and digitized the characters. My goal was to create a truly hand-lettered look, or as close to one as a font can get, so there was a lot of back-and-forth design between the computer & the printer as ligatures and contextual alternates were finessed.