Day 1

Ok, so this isn’t really the first day of this journey, it’s the day I have created this website.

If you haven’t read my introduction, start there and come back to this entry.

When I decided to start improving my handwriting I didn’t have any clear direction, so I made it up as I went (which I still am.)

I started out by deciding to buy a fountain pen. After 15 minutes of Googling, I had ordered the Pilot Metropolitan. I loved the ability to shade, the harder I pressed the thicker the lines were. The Metropolitan was good, but it didn’t have a lot of flex (variety in the thickness of the lines as pressure is added.)

I then did a little more Googling and found the Pilot 78G with a broad nib (which is more of an italic nib) and the Noodler’s Ahab which was recommended on a blog as a good cheap flex pen.

My practice began by finding a couple “handwritten” fonts, printing out the alphabet, and trying to copy them as best as I could.

 

I should also mention that I started on the cheapest Walmart notebook paper that was available, this caused some problems with ink bleeding through the paper to the following pages and feather if the ink.

I then moved on to Staples “Sustainable Earth” sugarcane paper, which got good reviews for fountain pen users.

Throughout this process I’ve known that the pens and paper may be a fun aspect of penmanship, but without practice, you can have the best pens in the world, but the worst handwriting as well. Here is a sample of my original handwriting.

I wanted to learn more about writing and decided I needed to learn some theory as well.

I’ve now decided to learn the Spencerian System of Penmanship to start off with because it looks great and it is supposedly one of the faster scripts to write once it has been mastered (and I am a slow writer.)

Spencerian writing comes to us with a reputation for beauty, and it certainly is one of the most beautiful styles ever known. But it also has features of speed and ease. The 52 degree slant was carefully chosen as that which obtained for writers the greatest speed. And the plan of using only seven basic strokes to form all letters contributes to the ease of this sytem. Spencer taught that once such basics are learned writers can be individual in their styles, especially in the flourishes of the capital letters.  ~ Mott Media Preface to Theory of Spencerian Penmanship

I have gone through the short 52-page Theory of Spencerian Penmanship book and am now just starting the Spencerian Copybooks.

That’s where this blog comes in, I am committing to spend 20-minutes a day practicing my handwriting and posting my results here.

You’ve seen where my handwriting is starting from, let’s see where it goes!

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