Now that we all have clever ways to use various pens and markers with our Cricuts, the problem remains that computer fonts aren’t made to write with pens using strokes like a person writes. Instead, TrueType fonts are defined by closed outlines so that there is open space in the center, and this becomes more pronounced the larger the font is rendered. This is great for cutting, but usually doesn’t give us the look we are after with pens and markers.
There is some indication that SCAL2 will cut with open paths, but it is unclear as to exactly how we can take advantage of that. In the meantime, I’ve tracked down 3 free fonts, that while not the best looking, do a great job of creating a single line look at a wide range of sizes. The sample was done with a gel pen holder from Amy Chomas. The numbers you see on the sample are the default size in SCAL1.
Bauhaus Engraved (last link on page)
Stymie Hairline (look above the capital E for the hidden link)
Agrafa Hairline (free registration required)
Update: here’s a great looking font you will want to grab to use with your gel pens.
Rose Water (thanks to Christy of the SureCutsALot Yahoo group for pointing this out)