Saturday, September 21, 2013

Poor Penmanship

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Last week, while I was sick, I got it into my head that I wanted to improve my handwriting.  My printing is fine, but my cursive writing looks like I'm still in grade school.

I didn't just want to learn to write more clearly, I wanted to learn to write like someone from another century.  Because, that's what any normal person might want to do.

I thought that something like English Roundhand or Copperplate would be a nice starting place. I did my research, found an inexpensive fountain pen that could offer enough flex to simulate the writing style I had in mind.  I spent more time that I'd like to admit fine-tuning the pen's nib, in an attempt to get the mark I envisioned.

And within twenty four hours of owning this pen, I had broken it.

I just can't own nice things.  And I still write like an uncoordinated child.

6 comments:

zippiknits said...

It's really not your fault that the pen broke. I don't think modern made pens can take it.

My grandfather wrote in the most beautiful hand, and you helped me ID the style he was taught. Thank you! It's Copperplate. He grew up in Canada.

Julie Mc said...

If that's your handwriting in the picture, I don't know what you're talking about; it looks lovely!

I'm a fan of buying calligraphy nibs that you slide into a base. They're cheap, often come in packs of various thicknesses, and if a nib breaks, you got three more in the box. Let me know if you'd like to borrow any, mine are sitting neglected. :)

GrafixMuse said...

In my lower grades, writing in cursive was as important as learning history, English, math, or science. Once I entered Junior High, it was optional. Sadly, I reverted to printed handwriting for my assignments. I still mourn the loss of my cursive penmanship. Interestingly, I became a graphic designer in my adult years with an obsessive love of typography. Keep practicing.

Stefaneener said...

You know that the paper shop in Berkeley teaches copperplate? Wouldn't that be a fun class to take? Hmmmmm?

cath said...

I think we are just too used to writing with ball points. I had a fountain pen years ago--but ruined the nib.
BTW--is your sister quoted on the front page of the WSJ this morning!?! I was just skimming the front page and thought---hmmmmm I think I know (of) this person :)

Nataline said...

oh no! What pen were you using? There are many inexpensive dip flex nibs out there. You might even enjoy the slower pace of having to stop every now and then to dip your pen.

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