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Show & Tell / Majuscule experiment
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:22:06 AM »
This is based on a majuscule devised by Byron Macdonald and developed in colour and in 3D.

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Summer
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:51:03 AM »
Written in Copperplate script in anticipation of Summer!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / It made me laugh
« on: May 10, 2018, 05:36:46 PM »

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Interesting reads.
« on: May 10, 2018, 09:17:05 AM »
If you are interested in the possibilities of Italic as your handwriting style - as opposed to carefully constructed Formal Italic, then this book will be of interest as it comprises 75 pages with 107 examples of italic Handwriting by 96 scribes, all members of The Society for Italic Handwriting .The range and variety of interpretations is staggering,With many different approaches to the style.  When it appeared in 2002 it was a limited printing - my copy is no 230 of 350 but there may be one or two out there looking for a good home! Well worth a search.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree ideas
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:30:37 AM »
Thank You Ken.   I believe my issues are an over complicated tree trying to fit all 4 grandparents lineage into one massive tree.  I've had to shift my grandparents down out of they're placement in order to pair them up and still be readable. In your opinion.  Is combining trees something unusual? Should I just stick to one family lineage and create multiple trees for each ? Or if I want to combine multiple trees, simplify it and not have so many extended relatives?

My own tree which is in reply #10  is in fact two trees. Having completed my own side, I dd my wife's family and combined the two to make a large tree for out two children. My own side (on the left) comprises 13 generations of direct ancestors and I think that judicious "pruning" may be the answer to your problem. I kept a record in a handwritten book of all the information i could find from all sources but retricted the tree display to direct ancestors and their siblings only. In other words, I showed all the brothers and sisters of my great grandparents but omitted their descent details. If I ever want to develop other lines, I 'll start another tree. BTW this is by no means the largest tree I'm ever produced.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree ideas
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:15:30 AM »
With some complicated family structures there are inevitably some occasions when the picture becomes confused. and there is nowhere for descent and ascent lines to go other than across one another.
I found that one good way to avoid this ambiguity is as illustrated below. On the right, I have adopted a system sometimes used in an electrical wiring diagram to clarify which line is which, when they cross one another. In the right hand example the lines are either going from east - west on north - south. It is perfectly clear with no confusion.
I'vde no idea if this idea of transition from an electric diagram to the construction of a  family tree has been used elsewhere, but I do know that it removes any uncertainty as it's easy to follow and it looks good on the finished page. IMHO


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Constructing Family Trees
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:14:04 AM »
This more recent topic covers a lot of the ground mentioned here and the illustrations are intact!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree ideas
« on: May 06, 2018, 05:24:35 PM »
If your intention is to prduce a tree which is both attractive and informative, try producing a symretrical layout. Here is an example of a tree whuch I produced some years ago. The technique is simple. Assemble all the individuals in a particular generation and write out the names, centering the resulting line horizontally. Forget the connecting lines - that comes later. Do the same with all the generation lines centering each in turn. Finally add, the connecting lines to complete the picture.
If you find that the tree is uncomfortably wide, try the compression system as in the second picture in example #10. This technique not only reduces the overall width of the tree to a dramatic extent, it also forces the generation lines further apart which creates a much more attractive rectangular layout.

Technical Support & Feedback / Video
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:29:44 AM »
How can I post  a short video MP4 clip?

Sorry, I've just realised that I already asked this question 4 years ago and got a perfect answer. I'm not very quick on the uptake!!

If I want to add a new script into my repertoire, I copy out the entire lowercase alphabet as closely as I can. I then study it in detail. Some of the letters may be fine straight off. I put them to one side, mentally, and write out the remainder again and again, each time missing out these which are OK. In this way, I may end up with a single letter which is still giving me trouble. I then spend however long it takes, writing only that letter over and over again, until it's right and I then have a new lowercase script at my disposal.....I then repeat the entire process with the uppercase letters and then words. This can all take some time.

There is no point in repeatedly writing out only the easy bits, I concentrate on the hard bits until it comes right.

I know that this seems tedious, but very little that's worthwhile, comes easy!

It's better to keep a new style separate from the old, until it's fully formed in your mind, otherwise you can end up with a jumbled mess.

To answer your original question, there is no definite answer IMO. I have always found the process of learning a new style of lettering to be an enjoyable one (regardless of how long it takes)  and immensely satisfying when it eventually falls into place.

Copperplate (English Roundhand)  The quality of being serene, calm and tranquil

Copied from a Medievel bookplate : written at a time when handwritten books were extremely valuable.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: More vertical writing
« on: April 03, 2018, 09:00:01 AM »
My experimentation with upright script handwriting tends to have been with conventional italic. I post it here as it may be of interest.

Thanks for your comments - much appreciated. The nib was a Hunt 101.


Show & Tell / Quote from Oscar Wilde
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:17:24 AM »
Quote from Oscar Wilde

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