This summer I got an email from Jan Milne, who reads my blog from Australia and wondered if I was familiar with the work of Marina Soria, a calligrapher from Argentina. I wasn't, and immediately looked her up. Among all the images I saw, one sent me straight to my sketchbook to emulate.
Two ideas to play with: first, trapping the letters between horizontal lines, and second, filling in some of the negative spaces with pale washes of color. Here's my version: